There's so much to love about the holidays. Spending time with family, hot chocolate by the fire, and all the twinkly lights. However, holiday travel can wreak havoc on your child's sleep, thus putting a damper in your otherwise cheery holidays. If one of your holiday wishes is to get more shut-eye, read on for some useful sleep tips you can apply to your child's routine.
1. Schedule travel during a nap or around your child's bedtime.
Many kids will get the most sleep on a red-eye flight and a five-hour drive seems so much shorter for little ones when three of those hours were spent napping.
2. For older kids, explain what will happen on the trip.
"Mom and dad will sleep in their bed, and you'll sleep in your own bed in our room. We'll brush teeth, put on PJs, and read books just like at home." Make a simple book to show your child what will happen.
3. If you're traveling east, you can stay on your western clock.
For example, if you live on the West Coast and your child normally goes to bed at 7pm and wakes at 6am, she'll now go to bed at 10pm (so you can go out to dinner) and wake at 9am (woo hoo!). The key to making this work is ensuring that the room is very dark in the early morning (ask your hosts’ permission to tack up garbage bags with painter's tape) and using white noise to drown out ambient noise.
Read the rest of the tips over at Elizabeth Street: 9 Sleep Tips for Kids (& Their Exhausted Parents) During Holiday Travel
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