Getting our kids to sleep is rarely a walk in the park even on the best of days, so throw in some holiday parties, a million shortbread cookies, and a Christmas movie marathon and, well, let’s just say #thestruggleisreal.
So what are we to do when our routines and consistency go out the window, with sugar consumption and excitement levels on overdrive?
Try out these super simple sleep hacks to help your littles off to dreamland this holiday season:
- Practice, Practice, Practice
If your holiday travels involve sleeping away from home, get your kids to practice using their travel beds ahead of time. You can start by setting up their travel bed a few nights a week in their own room so that they have a chance to get used to it in a familiar environment. Once they’ve got that down, try moving their travel bed to another room for the night so they can get the hang of sleeping somewhere other than their own room. Work out the kinks ahead of time while in the comfort of your own home and you’ll be golden on the road!
- Stick to the Routine (Even When You’re Out of Routine)
With all the holiday parties and Christmas movies pushing bedtimes later and later, keep your kids on somewhat of a schedule by sticking to their usual bedtime routine, even if it’s occurring at a later hour. Keeping that little 10-15 minute wind-down buffer will not only save you arguments and protests, but will also serve as a familiar rhythm to help your kids settle to sleep.
- Set a Christmas Morning Start Time
This is probably big mac daddy when it comes to Christmas hacks! We did this in our family growing up and it added a little bit of extra fun to Christmas morning for my sister and I. We’d sit camped outside our parents’ bedroom door, giggling and whispering away, just waiting for the clock to strike 7am! Having this pre-agreed upon Christmas morning start time, my sister and I both knew that there was no sense getting up at the crack of dawn because nothing was happening before 7am, and my parents got to enjoy a little extra shut eye — total win/win!
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