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Managing sleep whilst holidaying in the UK

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With so many beautiful locations in this country it no wonder staycations are on the rise. It may also seem like a significantly easier option for your family than going abroad.  Do you need to consider sleep if you are on holiday in the UK?

Making magical memories on holiday is wonderful, but it can be a bit stressful if you’re worried about your child’s sleep. That’s why I have put together some top tips for helping your little one sleep well while you’re away.

  • Try to stick to your routine as much as possible. An occasional nap in the car or a slightly later bedtime is okay, but too many car naps and late bedtimes can make your child overtired. When they’re overtired, bedtime can be tough, with lots of crying and difficulty settling down.
  • Think about your child’s sleep environment at home. Do they use white noise? Bring it along. Do they sleep in a dark room? Pack a portable blackout blind. Don’t forget their favourite comforter, blanket, or pillow! Bringing their bedding from home can also help since it smells familiar and comforting.
  • If you have a long drive ahead, try to plan it around your child’s nap time. This way, they can sleep during the trip, you can travel in peace, and start having fun as soon as you arrive.
  • If your little one usually sleeps in their own room but does not have their own room while you’re away, create a private sleeping space for them with a partition or screen. This will help prevent night time disruptions if they can not see you.

Holidays are exciting with so much to do and explore, but trying to fit too much in can lead to an overtired child who struggles to settle at bedtime. Scale back your itinerary and spread out the fun. And remember, if your child is tired, they might need an earlier bedtime than usual. Please note, do not be scared of an early bedtime =, it does not mean an early waking, often quite the opposite.

It’s normal for babies and toddlers to test sleep boundaries in a new place. Handle this as you would at home. Offer reassurance every five minutes or so but stick to your routine and rules. Consistency helps your child adjust to the new environment and sleep well within a night or two.

The good news is that fresh air, exercise, and quality time with family can help your child sleep better.

If you would like to learn more about tired signs and awake windows please see my blog for guidance.

For guidance on dressing your baby according to the temperature see here for a guide

Enjoy you trip.

Please get in touch to book a free, no obligation call and we can talk about working together to get you a better night’s sleep.

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