Picture-BabyWinkz-baby-and-suitcaseTraveling is fun. Traveling with small children… not so much. Thankfully there are a few things parents can do to minimize summer travel disasters.

  • Maintain a consistent daytime routine. Allow children to nap, eat and play at their normal times, if possible.
  • Maintain a consistent bedtime routine. Children thrive on consistency especially in unfamiliar settings. If your child eats dinner, has a bath, reads books and takes a bottle or nurses before bedtime while at home, do the same thing on the road.
  • Bring familiar crib/bed contents. Forget trying to pack light. Bring a familiar sheet, pillow and blanket (for older children), a lovey, night light (My favorite is the Good Nite Lite) and a white noise machine. Familiar objects not only have a familiar scent but also make children feel safe; a white noise machine helps to drown out unfamiliar noises. Although it sounds strange, consider bringing some blue painters tape to tape down shades and blinds to keep the room as dark as possible. You won’t win any style awards, but a dark room is a must for successful sleep.
  • Prepare for some backsliding. It is inevitable that children will have sleep disturbances while traveling. It’s normal, okay, and should be expected. Some three year olds will do okay without an afternoon nap for a day or two. Consider an earlier bedtime for these days.
  • Respect your child’s need for sleep! It’s important to spend time with family and have fun. Having said this, if you help your children get the sleep they need, everyone will have a better time.

-For more information and tips, please visit http://www.sleepytimesolutions.com

-Photo taken from http://www.babywinkz.com

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About Cate Mckee

Cate McKee is a certified pediatric sleep coach and owner of Sleepy Time Solutions, LLC. Entire families suffer when young children have problems falling asleep and staying asleep. As a certified pediatric Gentle Sleep Coach®, Cate's goal is to coach parents on how to teach their children (up through age 6) to fall asleep and stay asleep throughout the night.
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