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If your holidays plans are taking you over the river and through the woods—or clear across the country—you may be thinking your baby’s sleep schedule (and your sanity) are just going to be part of the scenery. But take heart and grab your suitcase: You can hit the road or take to the air without losing (too much) sleep. Here’s how:
Traveling by Car
Got a road trip ahead? If you’re lucky your baby may spend the majority of your trip sacked out in her car seat. If you have a baby who reliably conks out the minute you put the key in the ignition, plug your destination address into the GPS and go.
However, if your baby only sleeps in the car when it’s night or naptime, take that timing into consideration and perhaps set off after her regular sleepy-time routine. If your trip is shorter, or can be broken into segments, schedule your departure(s) for naptime. Just bear in mind that if she gets a good amount of sleep while you’re driving through the night, you’ll end up with a wakeful baby and some tired adults when you arrive!
Other road-trip tips:
Taking to the Air
As with any mode of transportation, timing of air travel can be your best friend—or your worst enemy. Try as best you can to schedule your flights around your baby’s sleep times or—if you know from instinct or experience that he’s likely to skip sleep while in transit—schedule during his most reliable awake and alert time.
Given the haphazard, often weather-dependent nature of most domestic air travel, it can be tough to rely on scheduled departure times. You can cut down on sleep-disruptive delays and cancellations by booking nonstop flights when feasible. And remember that if you’re jumping ahead or behind a time zone or two, give yourself a few days before you leave to shift nap- and bedtimes 10 minutes or so in the new zone’s direction each day.
Other air-travel tips:
Once you’ve arrived at your holiday destination, there are a few tried-and-true rules to follow that will help your baby stick to her at-home sleep routine. Making any accommodations to a new time zone, try to keep nap and bedtimes the same as those at home. Bring with you a few sleep-associated toys, books, and comfort objects. Include plenty of daytime activity so that you have a better shot at decent nighttime slumber.
Then do it all again for the trip home! Wherever you roam this holiday season, we wish you all a good night!
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