Guest blogger: Triona Coakelin of Tucked in Tight Sleep Coaching
It truly is the most wonderful time of the year, but it can also be challenging as the excitement and change of routine lead many babies, toddlers, and older kids to become sleep deprived and grouchy enough to out-grinch the Grinch.
There's no reason to let the holidays rob you of that sweet, deep slumber OR your holiday fun. Triona Coakelin from Tucked in Tight Sleep Coaching is here to share her top 5 holiday sleep tips to help you sleep soundly through the holiday chaos.
- Keep bedtime routines constistent
This is important, little ones thrive on routine, so keep that bedtime routine consistent during the holidays no matter where they sleep. My favourite routine? Bath, PJs, snuggles with book and song, and in to bed wide awake.
- Keep things familiar.
If you are travelling over the holidays bring your sleep sack and little lovey that your little ones loves, the familiarity will give them comfort. White noise (to drown out those fun parties downstairs!) and blackout blinds will be your friend in creating a consistent sleep environment.
- No need to skip naps!
Show up at that party a little bit late if you need to, or bring a pack n' play for naps on the go, but don’t be tempted to skip the nap or you will have an over-tired, cranky little one on your hands!
- Prepare for recovery
When the festivities are over, plan for a couple of quiet days at home to get sleep on track and go back to early bedtimes. After all the excitement is done, early bedtimes will help everyone get back on track for better sleep in the new year as well.
- Most importantly………have fun!
It’s okay to be more relaxed with sleep schedules to make time for holiday fun. Give yourself permission to say, "yes" to special holiday shows, events, and parties. Just keep your child’s sleep schedule in mind when picking a show time or a start time for the holiday party you’re hosting.
Above all, enjoy spending time celebrating the holidays this season!
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