Hurrah! You've booked the vacation and are ready to explore with the kids. Naturally everyone will need sleep--mom included. We've got some tips to make sure everyone comes back from vacation rested and relaxed.
Stick to a Schedule
- Just like at home opt for the same routine on the road. If it's dinner, bath and story--try to replicate the same experience on the road. Giving kids the familiar at least once a day will help them feel confident with all the new surroundings.
- Late nights are troublesome. Sure we all get off course. Try to right the ship the next day and get the kids in bed at the same time.
- Bring cool, comfortable pjs and be sure to bring at least one bedtime book from home. We travel with Goodnight Moon.
- Ask the hotel to kid-proof the room. Often they will provide a soothing CD, night lights and safety plugs.
- If you're camping, pick a sleeping bag that has been tested. We love the Kelty Kids Little Dipper.
- Pack at least one comfort toy from home. Ideally, it will be a toy that has a back-up back at home. A familiar friend will make the night time ritual more authentic.
- A tried-and-true portable crib will make a trip much easier.
- Not everyone is going to get a great night of sleep the first night at a hotel. Don't forget your sense of humor if all the kids end up in the grown-up bed.
- Travel time is not ideal for change. Don't combine potty training or sleep training and travel.
- Time zone changes can be tough on kids. Respect the naps and bedtimes of your kids and travel accordingly. Connecting flights are hell on schedules.
- For tips on adjusting children to time zone changes see this article from Baby Center.
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