Tips to help kids sleep well on holidays
You will probably be sharing a hotel room with the children at some stage, which may require some adjusting to get them to sleep in a bright noisy hotel room. You may want to stay awake later than your children, pack or watch television while they are sleeping. Try to have your children used to sleeping in this situation prior to leaving. Here are some suggestions that might help:
- if your children are used to sleeping in their own room, try putting siblings into the same room about a month before you leave getting them used to sleeping with someone else in the room.
- after about a week, start leaving the door open a little each night, leave the television on or radio and allow the hall light to filter in.
- after one month they should be happy to go to bed with the door open, hall light on, noises from the television and you talking = hotel room.
- If you don’t already use a bed time routine, think of starting one.
- this will help the child settle faster, whether they are going to sleep in a pram when out and about, a hotel room or at Auntie Dot’s house.
- keep the routine simple and short (less than 10mins), such as every night before bed, change into PJ’s, brush teeth, read a book, give family kisses and then into bed and off to sleep.
- Disposable change mats are excellent for bed protectors in hotels if children are still in the bed wetting phase; they are found near the nappies in supermarkets, they are a good size and it doesn’t matter if you accidentally leave it behind.