• Jessica Berk

7 Sleep Tips for Traveling with a Toddler

Whoop Whoop!!!

Summer 2021 and we’re finally able to travel again after taking a year off.

So, if you’re vaxed and ready to say “bye bye” COVID, pack your suitcases!

Let me give you some tips to protect your kid’s sleep while you galavant around the country celebrating America’s birthday this weekend.

Bad sleep habits during vacation can really make re-entry back into normal home life suck. Travel is one of the main reasons my phone rings off the hook in August with parents desperate to get sleep on track before school starts again.

So, let me give you 7 tips to save your toddler’s sleep while you travel

7 Sleep Tips for Traveling with a Toddler

1. Get Some Sleep Before You Travel

Start now! Get your kiddo on a good, consistent sleep schedule. YES, you really need to do this! The longer she has to get used to her everyday, good sleep schedule, the easier it will be for her to stay on that schedule when you’re traveling.

2. Talk To The Hubs

Get on the same page with your spouse before you leave. Where will your child sleep? How will you handle bedtime? What happens if he wakes up in the middle of the night? Will you bend any sleep rules? Arguing with your partner in the middle of the night... while you’re trying to get your kid back to sleep... and not wake up other house guests, isn’t fun. So, plan ahead!

3. Prioritize Sleep

Would you leave the house right before lunch without a plan for how to feed your kids? I hope not. Hangry kids are evil. Treat sleep the same way! If you know your toddler needs a nap each day, plan for it. Schedule activities around naptime or leave her sleeping at home with grandpa. If you know your toddler behaves better when she gets lots of sleep at night, put her to bed early. Plan for the sleep you know your kid needs. Everyone will thank you for it!

4. Avoid Starting Bad Habits

Warning: Don’t start any bad habits on vacation! If your child sleeps independently at home, have him do the same while traveling. If you allow him a week of snuggling in bed with you, it can make getting him back in his own bed once you get home a headache.

5. Match the Sleep Space

Try and make your child's sleep space as familiar as possible. Bring her favorite lovey, sound machine, nightlight, favorite bedtime books, etc. Run through her same bedtime routine just like you would at home. So, even though you're in a different place, sleep feels familiar.

6. Be Kind to Yourself

Life happens. You may not be able to keep everything consistent and that’s okay. Give yourself a break and have some fun. Everything may not be perfect. Read Tip #7.

7. Get Back On Track Quickly

Once you get home and normal life resumes, get your child back on track as quickly as possible. If he is used to his consistent sleep schedule, re-establishing his good sleep habits shouldn’t take more than a night or two. (See, I told you tip #1 was important!)

Do you really want to spend your vacation calming a hysterical child or punishing on overtired toddler? Don’t be the family with “that” kid. Remember, everyone is in a better mood when they get the sleep they need.

If you need help with #1, establishing great sleep habits that become your child’s “new normal”, learn more about my proven 4-part REST Method™ by reserving your spot in an upcoming free Toddler Sleep Masterclass. >>CLICK HERE<<