I often get questions about children’s sleep during the holidays and how to keep them from getting overtired. I have complied a list of easy tips that you can follow to help both you and your children get the most out of the joyous season. Happy Holidays to Everyone!
• Keep your child’s sleep routine as close to schedule as possible.
• If possible, have Christmas at your house so your children can sleep in their own bed.
• Through the week, have more good nights at home rather than more nights out at activities.
• Hire babysitters when necessary to prevent an overtired child.
• Try not to do Christmas activities during nap times and bedtimes. Many activities are child-friendly and are offered during child-friendly times.
• Don’t “overload” your child. An over-stimulated child is much harder to get to sleep for naps and bedtime.
• If you are travelling, you may need to share a room with your child. This is ok, but expect some regression when you get home. Also, try not to resort to your old habits while you are away. For example, if you have eliminated nursing through the night, try not to reintroduce nursing while travelling. And don’t forget your child’s blanket and/or stuffy. This may make all the difference between a good night away or a bad night away.
Here’s to sleeping well!
Sukkie Sandhu is a Licensed Sleep Consultant who offers families individual support and guidance in getting their babies and children sleeping well. She offers private consultations and seminars. If you are worried about your child’s sleep, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 250-857-1408. Check out Sukkie’s website at www.happybabysleepsolutions.com.