Holiday sleep can be difficult for everyone, but especially our toddlers.
Poor holiday sleep can lead to a sleep-deprived toddler (or baby). Interrupted nap schedules and late bedtimes can be the downfall of the holidays.
With all the excitement of the holidays it can be easy to get off track with your little one’s sleep schedule. When you’re busy catching up with family it is easy to lose track of time.
Here are a few ideas you can use to ensure your little one gets enough sleep during the holidays.
Find A Quiet Space
It’s important to find a space where you can help your toddler settle down for sleep. So whether you’re hosting a party at your house, or you’re out visiting, find a quiet spot.
This may sound like a no-brainer, but it can be so easy to get off track. If you think it would help, you can even set an alarm on your phone to remind you to put your little one down for nap. That way even if you’re in the midst of a rousing game of charades you’ll know it’s time to get your little one down for a nap.
Familiar Bedtime Routine
It is easy to feel rushed and end up skipping some steps in the bedtime routine. This can lead to your child having a hard time falling asleep. Take the opportunity to relax and try to enjoy the quiet of the bedtime routine.
Be On-Time for Bedtime
You may need to watch the clock more than usual, as your child may not display their normal sleep cues if there is a lot of excitement. It may not be as much fun to step away from or leave the party because of your child’s bedtime. However, leaving can help make the overall holiday season more enjoyable for everyone.
Take Care of Yourself
It is easy to end up with a jam-packed schedule through the holidays. Remember that taking care of yourself helps more than just you. Showing our children that it’s ok to say ‘no’ or leave a party early to have quiet time is an amazing gift. So if you feel yourself getting overwhelmed, step back and take time to breathe.
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