Christmas can be pretty chaotic and it can be tricky time managing your baby and toddler's sleep during the festive season!
Here are my top tips: Respect your Little One’s need to sleep Your baby and toddler will struggle to get through the day and will become overtired without their naps. Overtired babies and toddlers can become quite unsettled and cranky – not what you need when you are trying to enjoy the festive activities and have friends and family over! So make sure they do get some sleep and rest during the day. Longer wind down time Especially on Christmas Eve when your older toddler or pre-schooler may be too excited to sleep! Plus, there is so much excitement for little one’s with new toys and lots of people too, so they may become easily overstimulated, plenty of wind down time will help them relax and be more ready to sleep. Routine Try and stick to their usual routine if you can. If your baby does end up skipping a nap or taking shorter naps than usual, bring their bedtime forward if possible. Lack of sleep and a late bedtime can potentially lead to a disruptive night and an early morning wake up the next day! Family Make the most of family members and friends to help entertain your little ones and for you to get a much needed break! Staying away from home If you are planning to stay away from home, don’t forget their comforter, white noise, a travel cot and follow the same bedtime routine as best as you can; bath, feed, story and bed as these are your baby’s cues for sleep. This should all help with unfamiliar surroundings. Also, invest in the snooze shade for travel cots! I used it when my youngest was a baby and younger toddler. It was a godsend when we’ve stayed with family or been away on holiday when the room has been too bright at naptime, bedtime or early in the morning or if you are sharing a room with your baby. It really helps block out the light and there are no distractions as the snooze shade completely covers the travel cot so if you are in the room with your baby, they won’t be able to see you and less likely to want to get up and play 🙌🏻. For 10% off, click here and use my code PLS10 at the checkout. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and cheers to 2022! Emma x