With the summer months now in full swing, you may find your family to be taking some well-deserveed and relaxing vacations. Unfortunately, sometimes these summer road trips and airplane rides can un-do a lot of the hard work you have done as a parent to ensure your child gets their much-needed sleep. The following are some tips to help your children keep their sleep minimally disturbed while on vacation.
It is important to begin a family vacation with everyone well-rested, including parents! It is also very helpful to make the travel engaging for the child; for example, it may be wise to bring along some sing-a-long CDs on a family road trip, or bring along your child’s favorite book to read together. Don’t forget to bring some of your child’s favorite toys as well, including a blanket or stuffed animal that your child sleeps with at home!
Don’t forget to pay attention to your child while on vacation. It can be easy to forget to do, but noticing when your child is getting tired can help make for an easy travel experience. Additionally, it may be helpful to talk to your child about how sleeping away from home will be a little bit different; many times, your child will feel comforted and find an easier experience falling asleep. And don’t forget to let your child take naps!
It is also important not to rely on things that may work in coaxing your child to sleep while on the road, as you may not have that crutch available when you are back home. And finally, be sure to have your child transition back to their normal sleep schedule at home after the vacation has ended.
Best tips to help your child have an awesome trip and get back into the everyday grid. #besttripever #HealthStatus
- 1Settle into a steady napping and sleep routine before the trip.
- 2Bring along in-car, age appropriate entertainment: some familiar books and games, and one or two new items, even music.
- 3Look for cues that your child getting over-stimulated and exhausted, and expect to take more time having him or her wind- down.
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