What Can I Do to Get My Baby on Schedule after a Vacation?
Vacation can be an exciting and a stressful time for the whole family, including little ones. In fact, even infants who are unable to comprehend the idea of vacation do notice a change in sleep times, lighting, temperature, and many other things that affect their ability to sleep comfortably. As such, for parents, getting a baby back on schedule after a vacation can prove challenging. Here are some things that you can do that may help to restore sleep normalcy to your baby:
Get Back to the Routine
Perhaps the most important thing that you can do is to get back to the routine that you had prior to vacation, or implement a routine that works for you and your baby. It is important that you stick to this routine, and that everyone in your household understands the routine and is dedicated to reinforcing it as well. For example, this might include putting your baby down to nap at the same time every day, doing baths at the same time, and implementing a pre-bed/naptime routine that is the same every day.
It can be difficult for everyone, not just babies, to get back into a regular sleep schedule when getting back from vacation. As such, everyone may be a little bit more tired, and agitated, than normal. As you get your baby back on schedule after vacation, remember that some setbacks are perfectly normal, but that with patience, love, and consistency, everything will be okay and your baby will return to sleeping as normal.
If Your Baby Is Tired, Let Them Sleep!
One mistake that parents make is thinking that they should keep their baby up until it is naptime or bedtime. While this can certainly work within a small window of time, it might backfire on you if you intentionally keep up a child who is begging to fall asleep. In fact, doing so can result in the baby becoming so tired and cranky that they actually have a harder time falling asleep. While you should try to stick to the routine, remember that vacations are stressful, and your baby may be sleepier than normal. Don’t worry too much if your baby wants to fall asleep earlier, or sleep a little longer, than you were used to pre-vacation.
Work with a Professional
Taking the steps above can help to get your family back on track after a vacation, providing you and your baby with the rest you need. However, if things aren’t going as smoothly as you’ve planned and you feel out of options, do not hesitate to work with a professional.
At Seven Oaks Sleep Science, our New York-based baby sleep specialist can help you to develop creative solutions that work for you and your family. With a PhD in genetics and a postgraduate certificate in pediatric sleep science, Dr. Natalie Barnett understands sleep problems and how to resolve them. For your consultation, contact Seven Oaks Sleep Science by phone today, or send us a message about the issue you’re facing today. We look forward to hearing from you.