The holidays are a time to be with family, celebrate together and make new memories! Holidays can be overwhelming for adults, now think about how overwhelming it can be for a baby! Between car or air travel, new people, loud noises, different schedules - it can be a doozy! Help prepare your baby for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday with my tips!
Plan naps accordingly
Make sure you plan your child’s naps around the time you’re going to sit down for turkey! If you need to leave your house at 130pm and your child usually naps from 12 - 2pm, wake your child up 30 minutes earlier that morning and put them down for their nap 30 minutes before their usual nap time. This should work for most children but if it doesn’t, wake your child up when you need to leave and if possible, put them to bed 30 minutes earlier than normal!
If you are traveling, plan for naps during travel time
It is best to plan ahead and do whatever you need to do to keep your child comfortable and occupied during your traveling journey. Car seat naps are better than no naps and naps in your arms when flying are perfectly fine! If you are traveling by car, I highly recommend using a travel white noise machine like the Yogasleep Rohm. This can help your baby fall asleep and stay asleep and every minute counts when it comes to travel naps! The Rohm sound machine can operate all night long on a single charge, and comes with a USB cable for recharging. This is a MUST HAVE.
If you are traveling by air, the plane is a natural source of white noise which is great. Traveling can be distracting for babies and children. Consider using a baby carrier which can help extend naps and give you use of your arms, what a luxury! If you need your baby to focus on feeding, try bringing them into a family bathroom where there won’t be a lot of people or loud noises. When you are on the plane, try to put a swaddle blanket over you while your baby is feeding to drown out some of the distractions.
Don't forget the essentials
If you are planning to have your child nap at your Thanksgiving destination, bring your child’s blanket, stuffed animal or lovey, crib sheet from home, sleep sack and white noise machine. Try to set up a sleep space that is dark and separate from you.
If you are going to be at your Thanksgiving dinner late and it will coincide with bedtime, make sure you pack pajamas! Before you leave, bring your baby into a quiet room and change into their pajamas, make sure to wipe your child down before putting them in pajamas since you won’t have time for a full bath. If they fall asleep in the car, do your best to transfer them to their sleep space when you get home
Respect your child’s sleep needs and do not over-schedule.Try to limit Thanksgiving plans to one house if possible, Plan for some down time before you leave for your Thanksgiving meal or before your guests arrive so that your child can rest and not get overstimulated.
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