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Tips for Promoting Infant Sleep on Holiday

Tips for Promoting Infant Sleep on Holiday

Tips for Promoting Infant Sleep on Holiday
Susan Wallace
Written by Susan Wallace on Sunday, 19 May 2019 Posted in: Parenting
Holiday’s are such a special time for families, which can supply so many precious memories and experiences. However, many parents worry about the impact a holiday may have on their infants sleep patterns. They may wonder how to promote positive sleep to ensure their child is as well rested as possible, to enjoy all the holiday has to offer. Here are a few tips which may help:-
Tips for Promoting Infant Sleep on Holiday
Tips for Promoting Infant Sleep on Holiday

Tip 1


If you are flying to your holiday destination you may wish to use baby massage on the flight to calm your baby. This will be even more effective if you use this technique before you travel. Baby Massage can promote the release of oxytocin (the feel good hormone) in both the baby and the parent supplying it. It can help to relax and calm your baby, whilst having a positive effect on both sleep quality and encourage reduced sleep onset latency (the time it takes to fall asleep).

Tips for Promoting Infant Sleep on Holiday

Tip 2


If your baby uses a dummy, offering this on the flight may help to counterbalance some of the discomfort caused by the flight pressure. It does this by encouraging your baby to swallow.

Tips for Promoting Infant Sleep on Holiday

Tip 3


If your baby uses white noise at sleep times, it may be beneficial to have this available during the flight. Try downloading a white noise app prior to the flight, which will then be available when your phone is put onto aeroplane mode.

Tips for Promoting Infant Sleep on Holiday

Tip 4


If you are travelling outside of your babies usual time-zone, it is normal for it to take a few days for them to adjust. Exposing them to natural light, particularly in the afternoon, can help your child become accustomed to the new time-zone. Similarly, ensure that they are provided with a really dark atmosphere at nap and bedtime. You can acquire travel black out blinds for travelling.

Tips for Promoting Infant Sleep on Holiday

Tip 5


Where possible, try to feed you baby at similar times as you do at home, but on the new time-zone to help to ‘reset’ their sleep / wake body clock.

Tips for Promoting Infant Sleep on Holiday

Tip 6


Offering bedtime between 6 – 8pm (local time) will allow your child to take advantage of the natural melatonin (the sleepy hormone) surge which occurs at this time.

Tips for Promoting Infant Sleep on Holiday

Tip 7


Offer the same bedtime routine as you do at home – this will allow your child to understand and prepare that bedtime if approaching.

Tips for Promoting Infant Sleep on Holiday

Tip 8


Try to recreate your child’s home sleep environment as much as possible. If they usually sleep with white noise, then bring the same device with you. If they sleep with a comfort teddy* then ensure that this is available.

*Teddies should only be placed in the cot after the age of 12 months

Tips for Promoting Infant Sleep on Holiday

Tip 9


If you are bringing a travel cot with you, then encourage your child to sleep in this cot for several nights before you leave. This will ensure the environment is familiar to them when they are away.

Tips for Promoting Infant Sleep on Holiday

Tip 10


If possible, bring fitted bedsheets from home and use these in their cot. These will smell comforting to your baby.

Tips for Promoting Infant Sleep on Holiday

Tip 11


Spend time with your baby in their ‘holiday bedroom’ outside of sleep time. This is to allow them to customise to their new environment so it is familiar to them should they wake during the night

Tips for Promoting Infant Sleep on Holiday

Tip 12


Have some downtime, to help your baby to regulate. Holidays are often exciting times, but it is important to schedule some ‘relax’ time to encourage your baby to process all the new sensory experiences they have encountered. Take some time out together, lay beside them and take deep breaths, in the hope that your baby will use these calming breaths to regulate their own breathing.

Tips for Promoting Infant Sleep on Holiday

Tip 13


Ensure your baby does not become too hot. Their bedroom should be kept at an appropriate temperature and dress your baby accordingly. If possible try to ensure their room is kept between 16 – 20 degrees.

Tips for Promoting Infant Sleep on Holiday

Tip 14


Have fun! Lots of activity and new experiences will stimulate your baby and encourage deeper sleep at night time. Enjoy! Susan, Settled Petals

Settled Petals is a Sleep Consultancy Service based in Belfast. It specialises in Infant Sleep, Baby Massage and Children’s Yoga.

Please visit Settled Petals on Facebook or www.settledpetals.com for more details.  

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