Dreading going on holiday with your baby or toddler and potentially ruining their sleeping schedule? Aren't we all... Sleep consultant, Hadley Seward, gives her advice on how to enjoy your time away and keep little one asleep.
Remember when summer holidays were filled with breezy days on the beach with a few Mai Tais and a good book? Chances are, once kids entered the picture, those long, lazy days turned into early dinners, diaper rash from sandy bums, and sleepless nights. Suddenly it’s no longer vacation--it’s just a trip.
But all’s not lost. While a kid-friendly holiday will never be as relaxing as during your pre-baby days, there are many steps you can take to prevent your trip being ruined by an overtired, cranky child. Below are my favorite mum hacks to return from your vacation relaxed.
- Plan your travel days well. Gone are the days when you can land in Barcelona at 6pm and be on the plaça enjoying tapas by 6:30pm. Try to schedule your day so that you arrive at your destination at least a few hours before bedtime. This is even more important if you’ll be renting a flat, as you’ll need to check in with the owner, grocery shop, etc. Give yourself plenty of time so that when bedtime rolls around, you’re not frantically shovelling uncooked pasta into your hungry child’s mouth.