Tis' the Season! This time of year can be very hectic on everyone's schedule and will definitely impact everyone's sleep in one way or another.
There are many activities that we just don't like saying "no" to. But will there be a price to pay at the end of the day?
Here are a few tips to think about during the Holiday Season:
1. For the little ones try and keep your nap and bedtime schedules at their regular times. Allowing a 30 minute extension every now and then will not throw their sleep schedule out the window but be mindful of their sleep needs and how fast asleep debt can build up.
2. Try scheduling your social events that you are hosting around naps to help your child stay well rested during these times. A well-rested child is a much happier child and will be able to handle the outings and festivities much better.
3. Protecting their sleep will also help everyone have a better day and night. Many relatives or friends may be coming to see your little one for the first time but your child's sleep is more important than spending a few minutes being fussy with friends and family. I am sure we have all experienced how a crying baby or child can completely change the mood of the party, so keep a mindful eye on your child's sleepy cues.
4. Don't be afraid to say "No". There are so many party invitations and family gatherings that sometimes it can just be too much for everyone. It's ok to politely decline an invitation if you feel that your family's sleep will suffer from it. Ask if there may be another opportunity/time that better suits your family and you can get together then.
5. When you do go out with the little ones and you know it is going to be past their bedtime remember to bring their PJ's with them. Changing into their PJ's before the car ride home will help ease the transition into their own beds....especially if they fall asleep in the car!
6. Spending the night away? Safety first!!! Bring all you can to help your little one settle quickly and safely in the new environment. This may mean a few extra minutes of cuddles and bringing your own pac 'n play but it will be well worth it. Having their regular PJ's, favorite stuffy and a safe place to sleep will help them relax. If you have been using a portable sound machine bring it along to help filter out the voices of the other guests that may prevent them from falling asleep. You can also find some more helpful tips with travel in our Traveling With Children article on our website.
7. Last but not least....Don't forget about Mom and Dad!!! With the hustle and bustle of this time of year many tend to forget about their own sleep needs. Put those electronics away an hour before bedtime and try to keep your regular bedtime routine so you can stay well rested. This will also help you cope with the stresses that some may feel during this time of year.
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