If you have been following along for some time now, you know that we travel often. One of the questions I constantly get asked over social media, is how do we do it with the kids, specifically during bedtime. With all the holidays in full effect, I put together a few tips to help make sure your kids get the best sleep possible while you are visiting family and friends this year.
I know from experience that this one is a struggle while traveling! However, if you can stay somewhat close to your nap/bedtime routine as possible, things will likely go much smoother for you. You and your child(ren) will enjoy your travels so much more when everyone is properly rested.
Whether you are staying at a relatives home or a hotel, a white noise machine (or even a fan) can be your saving grace. We once stayed at a hotel where you could clearly hear every conversation happening in the hallways as people passed. All the weird noises from these unfamiliar places make it so much harder on our children to sleep! Help drown out those outside noises by bringing along a small white noise machine so there is less distraction keeping your children from a good night’s sleep.
Typically when we travel, we end up in a room with two Queen beds to accommodate the five of us. My husband and oldest son take one Queen while I take the other with my two toddlers. It’s not a terrible option, but its also not a comfortable one for me at all. Between my two kids either kicking me, or each other, I’m up a good portion of the night blocking those tiny karate feet. With the help of Regalo Travel Beds, our last vacation was so much easier on me and my back. We stayed at a total of 2 different rentals and with each I was able to set up the beds for my kids to sleep comfortably next to the bed my husband and I slept on.
They love these beds so much, they sometimes decide they want to bunk with each other at home. Just yesterday I snapped this picture of my kids napping in my sons room.
So I know what you’re thinking. Traveling with kids requires so much in terms of packing, why would you want to add more to your list? One of the most beautiful things about these beds is the portability aspect. They fold up like chairs and easily fit into any car, no matter how jam packed it already is.
Familiar, Comforting Items
Sleeping in a new room can be a little scary. Help calm those nerves by bringing some familiar and comforting items that your children love. Something like a blankie, pillow or their favorite stuffed animal can go a long way in helping children feel more comfortable and safe in a new, unfamiliar place.
Give Yourself Grace
You are on vacation after all. If things don’t go as planned, or you totally go off your normal routine, that’s ok! Roll with the punches and enjoy your vacation as much as possible. Always remember that your children are watching you. One thing that I am constantly working on is my reaction. I realize that my children react off of me. If I’m stressed and frazzled, they react to it. Staying calm and adjusting your schedule as needed is sometimes all we can do.
I hope that these five tips are helpful to you and your family during your next holiday vacation!
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