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Our top sleep tips when you’re travelling with children or babies

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Spring has finally sprung and summer is on the horizon! Which is exactly when many of us, want to get out and about and see friends and family. You might have plans for BBQs with friends or weekends away with family, either way, if your little one doesn’t sleep well, a trip further afield, may well fill you with dread.

That’s why we’ve put together our top tips to help you travel around the country and get excited about having some adventures with your little one.

1. The number one mistake parents make is that they try to do too much with their children. It can be really tempting to tick off visiting every single person, or doing every single attraction, but if you try to fit too many things you will end up with a grumpy, overtired child who may not settle well at bedtime. So, make sure you trim back the itinerary and make sure you’re not overscheduling.

2. An occasional car nap or slightly later bedtime probably isn’t going to make too much difference to your little one’s sleep, but if your little one spends a couple of days taking car seat naps here and there and having later bedtimes, there will be an impact. You might think your little one is coping well with shorter naps, because they’re easily distracted by what else you’re getting up to, but they may finder it harder to settle at bedtime if naps haven’t been quite as good, so keep that in mind and maybe get them to bed earlier to curb any overtiredness.

3. It’s very normal for babies and toddlers to test the boundaries around sleep when they’re somewhere new. The best way to handle this is stick to what you do at home. You can go in every five minutes or so to offer a bit of reassurance, but other than that, don’t bend your rules. If you stick to your routine and maintain consistency, within the first night or two, your little one will be used to the new environment and will be sleeping well again.

4. Whatever you do, don’t forget your little one’s favourite sleeping toy and/or blanket!

5. Make sure your little one has their own travel or cot to sleep in. If you decide to bed share with your baby or toddler while travelling, even it’s it is only for a few nights, your little one may decide this is their new preferred location, and you could find yourself needing to convince them that their bed is better than yours when you get home again! Most hotels, Airbnbs and holiday cottages have a travel cot you can use so make sure you check in advance and take your own if necessary.

6. Ideally, if you’re sharing a room, especially if your little one is older than eight months, try to make some sort of private space for your baby to sleep. Anywhere that you can build some sort of a partition between you and your little one, so that if they have a wake up in the middle of the night they are not so excited to see their two favourite people that they ends up wide awake thinking it’s play time! Of course, having an extra bedroom for your child is great if that’s an option for you.

7. Enjoy your holidays and making magical memories. Remembering your little one’s sleep basics will ensure you have a, relatively, restful and stress-free holiday!

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