With Canadian Thanksgiving just around the corner, many parents are asking me how they should plan their little one’s sleep around family festivities. Some parents like to go with the flow, but there are some effective things you can do to help your kids get through the holiday weekend with little fuss. Jenn Kelner, a Family Sleep Institute Certified Child Sleep Consultant and owner of BabyZzz, offers these 5 simple sleep tips to help your children stay well rested so you can all enjoy some holiday fun.
1. Stick to your usual schedule and routine if possible
Where possible, make your holiday plans around your usual routine and schedule. Make it possible for your children to nap when they usually nap, and maintain your usual naptime and bedtime routine. If you follow your usual routine, your children will feel more comfortable and sleep more easily because they will know what to expect. If you are traveling a long distance by car, make the journey smoother by traveling during naptime. Bring a window shade and familiar white noise to block out light and distractions and to help them sleep.
2. Be flexible
If you’ve scheduled a jammed packed Thanksgiving weekend where your children’s sleep may be temporarily disturbed, you may need to adjust your plans. After getting less sleep than normal, your children may not be their happy selves so you might have to make some changes and allow for more time for your children to sleep, or head back home. It’s always better to have zero expectations so that you aren’t disappointed.