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I love traveling, and when I got pregnant, I thought that my traveling days were over. However, I’ve learned that it doesn’t have to be that way! My daughter is 11 months old and has been on 7 trips.
We’ve traveled to Hawaii, to Spain, and yes, to Grandma and Grandpa’s house in Michigan. I asked Bethany Allen, a mother of 4 and sleep consultant of Dream On, Babies, to share her top 3 tips to help your baby sleep at night when traveling.
Top 3 Tips to Help Your Baby Sleep at Night When Traveling
1. Do not skip naps
Overtired babies tend to be overtired at bedtime, and thus are more prone to sleeping poorly at night. Try to maintain your normal schedule and naps as much as possible. If you are not able to do a crib nap, just make sure to do a nap on the go (Ergo baby carriers and strollers are my favorites).
2. Protect nighttime sleep as much as possible
If you are going to be out all day (or a good portion of it) and do an “on the go” nap, be home by bedtime so your baby has some type of normalcy. Getting proper sleep at night will also help them press through the daytime hours more happy.
If you are staying in a hotel room (or a place where the baby does not have her or his own room), try to move your baby as far away in a different area where s/he cannot see you (or use some sort of divider).
3. Use a white noise machine
We got our daughter a sound machine when she was first born. The sound helps recreate the sound of being in the womb and has a calming effect on babies. Plus, it helps block out other noise going on around. I purchased this one from Adaptive Sound Technologies over a year ago and it’s still going strong. LectroFan is another great option, and they even make a travel sound machine.
Traveling with a baby doesn’t have to be hard. Try not to skip naps, protect nighttime sleep as much as possible, and use a white noise machine. What tips do you have to share?
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