I LOVE traveling. We've been so many places with our children over the years.
One thing I've learned is that traveling with a baby NEVER goes as planned!
Another thing I've learned is that traveling with a great sleeper makes it SO much easier.
Normally, after 1 night both of my kiddos adjust to a new environment and sleep amazing, just like at home.
With the holidays fast approaching I thought it would be a good idea to remind parents of some travel tips to remember when you are traveling with little ones.
Gone are the days when you can travel carefree and only take into consideration yourself and maybe your partner.
When planning a family vacation with a little one, it's important to thing about how your travel plans will affect their sleep.
You'll enjoy your holiday much more if you plan your trip in a way that honors your child's sleep with as little disruption as possible to their schedule.
If you do this then your baby will get the rest she needs to be happy and alert for your adventure- which means mom and dad will be happier, too!
Here are some tips to help your baby gets the sleep he needs during your holiday travels:
Tip 1: Don’t over-schedule
One of the biggest mistakes parents make, they try to do just as much as they did in their "child-free" days.
When you travel with a baby, it's a good idea to not go hiking in the morning, snorkeling in the early afternoon, parasailing in the late afternoon, and go on a late night dinner cruise.
It's a much better idea to slow down and ensure your baby is getting regular naps and early bedtimes, similar to your schedule at home.
Tip 2: Be consistent with naps and bedtime
Try to stick to your baby's sleep schedule as much as possible.
An occasional stroller nap or late bedtime probably won't do too much harm provided your baby is well-rested. But, if you start doing this everyday, your going to have a very cranky baby and you'll be headed for a meltdown.
Tip 3: Be patient as your baby acclimatizes to the new environment
You might have the best sleeper at home but, when you're in a new environment it can be an adjustment for everyone. It's normal for kiddos to have trouble falling asleep in the first few days and even test the boundaries around sleep when traveling.
It's important to keep expectations the same even when at Grandma's house!
Be consistent and your child will adjust to the new environment quickly.
Tip 4. Make sure you bring your child’s sleeping toy and/or blanket
If your baby has a lovey or favorite blanket, make sure you bring it. This little bit of comfort and familiarity will go a long way to help baby feel safe and fall asleep easier. Forget it at your peril!
Tip 5. If you’re not a co-sleeping family, don’t start now
Another big mistake parents make is they decide it's easier to bedshare when they're traveling. Even a few nights of this and your baby will decide this is the preferred way of sleeping.
You'll have a huge problem on your hands when you get home and try to put baby back into a crib!
The good news is, most hotels have a crib you can use or rent. You could also take your portable playpen along and use that as a crib.
Traveling can be challenging with kids.
But, I can gurantee that you'll enjoy your travels MUCH more if your baby is already a great sleeper.
If your baby is having trouble falling asleep at bedtime and not staying asleep all night long, nows the time to teach your baby to be a great sleeper.
My clients tell me over and over that they should've hired me sooner!
Book a totally FREE discovery call with me today.
Together, we’ll get your baby sleeping through the night in a few short nights!
Here's to a well-rested family,
If you struggle with your weight and wish you could lose a few (or many) pounds, you’re not alone.
According to a National Health and Nutritional Examination survey in the US, more than 2 in 3 adults are overweight or obese, more than 1 in 3 adults are obese, and more than 1 in 20 adults have extreme obesity.
Those are pretty staggering figures!
Trying to lose weight can be a frustrating battle, and many people will try anything they can get their hands on, including appetite suppressants and nutritional supplements.
There are countless philosophies and diets out there: carb-free, gluten-free, paleo and vegan, to name a few. Lots of people adopt a new diet and exercise regime all gung-ho, and 100% committed only to give up two weeks later when they don’t notice any difference in their waistline.
However, what if your inability to lose weight isn’t because you’re lazy or not committed enough? What if it’s actually because of insomnia or poor sleep habits?
According to the Centre for Disease Control, there is research to support the idea that lack of sleep results in metabolic changes that could be linked to excess body weight.
One study published in the International Journal of Obesity found that middle-aged women with sleep disorders are more likely to have weight issues than other women who get a good nights’ sleep.
Michael Breus, Ph.D., author of Beauty Sleep, says, “It’s not so much that if you sleep, you will lose weight, but if you are sleep-deprived, meaning that you are not getting enough minutes of sleep or good quality sleep, your metabolism will not function properly.”
Two hormones are secreted at night while we sleep that are specifically related to weight loss. Ghrelin is the hormone that tells you when to eat.
When you’re sleep-deprived, your ghrelin levels are elevated, which makes you hungrier and far more likely to reach for the late-night snacks.
Leptin is the hormone that tells you when you’re full and lets you know you should stop eating, so if you aren’t sleeping well, you have less leptin.
This, combined with the fact that your metabolism slows down when you don’t get enough sleep, seems to point to the issue many people have: they might be exercising and trying to eat right, but if they aren’t sleeping well, it’s an uphill battle.
If you have been struggling with your weight and you haven’t been getting an average of 8 hours of sleep a night, it might be time to look at your sleep habits and see what you can do to improve them.
Just trying to tackle the weight gain while you continue to sleep 5-6 hours a night or toss and turn and wake up frequently isn’t going to do the trick.
It’s time to focus on sleep first, and you might just be amazed to see how many other parts of your life improve once you start
getting the rest your body needs.
You will feel less stressed, have more energy to exercise and your hormones will be balanced and will stop telling you to eat when you don’t need to.
Sounds like a win-win to me☺
Are you getting 7-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep every night?
If not, be sure to check out The 5-Sleep Tips To Solve Your Sleep Tonight
Or, better yet, book a totally FREE discovery call with me today so together, we can improve your sleep.
Here’s to a well-rested you,
Jo Anna Inks
I help tired, frustrated parents get their babies sleeping through the night and napping well so everyone in the family can get the rest they so desperately need!