Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year. It puts everyone in such a good mood. You’ll see people opening doors for strangers, carolers singing in the neighborhood and smell yummy treats warm from the oven. It truly is a magical time of year. With all the cooking, parties and dinner invitations your holiday calendar is full of fun! Soon your house will be full of out of town guests or maybe you’ll be traveling to be with family. Whatever’s on your holiday calendar, there are easy ways to keep your baby’s sleep intact while spreading holiday cheer. Here are four of my favorite baby holiday sleep tips:
Don’t over schedule your holiday calendar.
Give yourself permission to say NO to holiday events. Make a plan to attend your top 3 events and skip the others. If you try to please everyone and make it to every event, you’ll have an overtired baby on your hands. If you’re calendar is jammed packed and you don’t have an option to skip events, get a nanny (or a family member) to watch your baby while you enjoy a night out on the town.
Keep your nap and bedtimes as regular as possible.
You’re sure to be busy this holiday season. From shopping for Christmas gifts to attending holiday parties, your baby’s sleep is sure to get a little off kilter. Now while the occasionally nap in the car is bound to happen, it shouldn’t be the norm. Avoid shopping or attending events that fall during your little ones nap time. Try to keep your baby’s nap and bedtime within 30 minutes of their normal time.
Think outcome vs. inconvenience.
Don’t feel like “the bad guy” for putting your baby down at their normal time even if guests are arriving. Or if you’re at the in laws and someone has the crazy notion to wake your baby from a nap. Remember: you’re in control. Don’t let anyone guilt you into keeping your baby up past their bedtime. Skipping naps is a NO-NO. You know how important your child’s sleep is. Nobody wants to be around a crabby, inconsolable baby. Trust me, they’ll thank you in the morning.
The proof is in the pudding.
When everyone sees how happy your baby is, they’re understand why you’re so committed to protecting their sleep. The best gift you can give your family this season is SLEEP. Everyone will have more Christmas cheer to spread if they’re well rested, bright eyed and bushy tailed. Remind your loved ones that it’s quality vs. quantity when it comes to spending time with your baby. They are making memories that will last a life time. Keep a routine and enjoy the Christmas season!
Now in the comments tell me,
What are doing you this holiday season to make sure your little one gets enough sleep?