Maintaining Your Baby's Sleep Routine During the Holidays

Deck the halls with a well-rested baby


The holiday season can be busy with many family gatherings and happy tidings. While it can be fun and exciting, it can also wreak havoc on your baby's sleep. Here are some tips to follow so that sleep debt isn’t number one on Santa’s gift list.

Protect Those Visions of Sugar Plums

When visiting family and planning daily outings, you want to make sure you’re still able to protect nap times and bedtimes as much as you can. Keep things simple with little ones in tow. If you know bedtime will be pushed out a bit then focus on lengthening out those naps that day. Remember to bring your pack-and-play and naptime can be wherever you are. This will help your child process all that is going on around him when he’s awake and avoid overstimulation.


Start off With Routine

Having a consistent regular bedtime routine will help prepare your child for sleep. Practice similar events like reading a familiar book, singing the same lullaby, and giving cuddles. Grandparents aren’t too happy he has to go to bed so early? Get them involved in the bedtime routine. You can sneak off and enjoy another glass of eggnog while grandma gives him a bath. Recharge your own batteries and enjoy some social time.


A Few of My Favorite Things

You can create a familiar sleep environment when away for the Holidays by including positive sleep associations like darkening the room, playing the same white noise machine, or using familiar bedding or loveys. This allows your little one to feel safe and secure and can help ease the transition of a new sleep environment.


Leave the Cookies for Santa

Set a limit on the holiday treats as well. With all the cookies and candy canes it can be difficult for your child to get his proper nutrition throughout the day. Getting him to bed with a tummy full of cookies can be a struggle.


Suite Dreams

If staying in a hotel room is on the agenda during the holidays try to book an economical suite with at least two separate rooms. Most suites have enough space in the main room for a pack and play and come with a sofa bed for toddlers. This way you can sneak off into the bedroom while your little one is falling asleep and you don’t have to hide out in the bathroom with a couple glasses of wine.

'Tis the season to be merry and have fun. Enjoy your time with family and friends but remember your child is happier and more pleasant if he is well rested. Getting him enough sleep this holiday season can add to your enjoyment too!


Alanna McGinn is a Certified Infant and Toddler Sleep Consultant and Founder of Good Night Sleep Site.  She is a mom of 3 (1 + twins!) and is committed to helping families with their baby and toddler sleep needs.  She definitely plans to have Grandma help with the bedtime routines this Holiday season.,, @GNSleepSite,,

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