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Travelling Over the Festive Season

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The festive season brings with it the joy of travel, as families embark on journeys to spend quality time with loved ones. Amidst the excitement, it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of packing, often overlooking the crucial aspect of ensuring your little ones get a restful night’s sleep away from home. This comprehensive guide is here to navigate you through the sleep essentials that will transform your holiday travels into a dreamy experience for the whole family.

Children in a Cot:

  1. Take a reliable camera and monitor to keep a watchful eye on your little one. This will provide you with peace of mind as they slumber peacefully in their cot.
  2. There’s something magical about the familiar scent of home. Bring along bedclothes that capture that essence, creating a cozy and reassuring sleeping environment.
  3. Bedtime routines can be disrupted during travel, but a sleeping bag carrying the comforting scent of home helps maintain a sense of familiarity and routine.
  4. If your little one is accustomed to the soothing sounds of a white noise machine, ensure you pack this bedtime staple. It’s a small device that can make a big difference in creating a tranquil atmosphere.
  5. Take a travel cot or for families who co-sleep, a safety rail is essential for creating a secure and comfortable sleeping space.
  6. Sleep can be elusive when faced with unfamiliar lights. Pack a blackout blind to ensure your little one is cocooned in darkness, creating optimal sleep conditions.
  7. Travel can throw off mealtime schedules. Be prepared for unexpected hunger by packing backup food options, so your little one can rest easy without disruptions.
  8. A well-stocked medicine kit is a travel essential. Include items for common ailments, ensuring you’re prepared for any health concerns that may arise.
  9. Keep important medical information organised and easily accessible with a red health book, making it a handy reference during your travels.
  10. Books for Bedtime Routines: Maintain a sense of normality with familiar bedtime rituals. Pack favourite books that bring comfort and a touch of routine to the bedtime experience.

Children in a Bed

For children in a bed, you will need all of the above. Don’t forget to pack your little one’s favourite toy or comforter. It’s a piece of home that can provide immense comfort in an unfamiliar setting.

Remember your Routines.

When spending time away from home, during the festive season, it’s quite common for babies and toddlers to test the boundaries of their sleep routine in unfamiliar surroundings. Even though certain rules may be set at home, it’s important to recognise that these rules may not necessarily apply in the same way at grandparent’s house, especially during the more relaxed atmosphere of the holiday season.

Dealing with these sleep challenges involves maintaining a balance between offering reassurance and sticking to your established routine. While it’s tempting to make exceptions during the holiday period, it’s crucial not to deviate too much from your usual approach. You can provide comfort by checking in every five minutes or so, but overall, it’s advisable to maintain consistency with your sleep rules.

By adhering to your regular routine and being consistent, your little one will likely adjust to the new environment within the first night or two, returning to a restful and familiar sleep pattern. This approach ensures that the holiday experience remains enjoyable for both you and your child while fostering a sense of security and stability during the festive season.

With this guide, you’re equipped to travel confidently, knowing you’ve covered all bases for a good night’s sleep. As you embark on your festive adventures, we hope your family makes cherished memories that last a lifetime. Happy travels and sweet dreams!

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