Holiday Sleep Tips to Keep Your Child on the Nice List

Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, not a child was sleeping, and mommy was TIRED! While the holidays are a magical time, finding a balance between attending festive events and keeping your child well-rested can be overwhelming. As your child’s sleep schedule may veer off track, you might find yourselves struggling to stay on Santa’s Nice List this season. But fear not! Making your child’s sleep a priority during the holiday season doesn’t have to be overwhelming. If you’re seeking help to keep your little one well-rested during travel and this holiday season, check out these Holiday Sleep Tips and grab a copy of The Ultimate Holiday Travel and Sleep Guide.

Here are some Holiday Sleep Tips to help keep your children merry and bright.

Maintain current schedules.

Well-rested families are more adaptable to changes. Stick to a well-established nap and bedtime schedule, allowing for planning around visits while prioritizing your child’s sleep. While it may be tempting to push your child past their limit, suggest visits outside of sleep times or host visitors instead. Limit exceptions to one or two nights, and include an early bedtime to get back on track and avoid the holiday meltdown.

Prepare for travel.

When on the move, bring familiar items from home to create an ideal sleep environment. Whether a  white noise machine or blackout blind, maintaining bedtime routines is crucial, even while away from home. Ensure your child know the sleep rules apply even with travel, too.

Make safety a priority.

When traveling bring along a safe sleep environment for your infant such as a portable crib or pack’n play. For older children, make sure their room is safe for sleep as well. The homes you visit may not be “childproofed” and may have unlocked cabinets, access to stairs, exposed medications or other potential injury hazards. Scan the area and remove access to possible hazards to help your child stay safe this holiday season. Keep a close eye on your child and encourage visitors to place their purses, coats and other belongings, which may pose a danger to your child, out of the reach.

Set limits.

Remind yourself that it is okay to say ‘NO’ sometimes. While spending time with friends and family is very special, if your child gets off track, you will most likely be the one dealing with the over-tired child. Give yourself permission to say ‘NO’ if it feels like you are doing too much and to help keep your family’s needs a priority.

Enjoy yourself.

Remember, you’re creating memories with your children during this season. If things go off track, refocus and commit to your child’s schedule for a few days, allowing everyone a chance to catch up on lost sleep.

Hoping these tips will help prevent everyone from turning into a Grinch this holiday season.

Pediatric Sleep consultant, Kristi Roberts

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