Holidays are always a busy time…
and being organised is the best way of getting the most out of your time, many of us parents start to fill our calendars with activities as we want to ensure our little ones are kept busy! However, on your list of things to do teaching your baby the skill of sleep should be a priority. Having a sleeping baby who really maximises their rest time is good for both them and their parents.
So how do you carry out the teaching of sleep?
Before you begin with the teaching you have to understand whether your family will benefit from it and this does depend on how your holiday is planned.
Ultimately, teaching the skill of sleep is a good move if it can be added to your arrangements easily because it can be extremely time consuming for both you and your baby so maybe it will work better if it is carried out at a time that is quieter. If your holiday consists of you spending a lot of time at home then this is a great time to consider teaching your baby the skill of sleep. The skill of sleep is usually more successful when it is carried out over the period of a week or two because consistency is vital. It is also important to consider whether you are likely to have any visitors during this time as that could cause interruptions.
Will baby benefit?
However, if you are likely to be busy during your holidays then you may not be able to give your complete time and attention to it and this means that your baby is not likely to benefit in any way. If, during your holiday you will be spending time away from your home or visiting family then perhaps scheduling in another time will make your teaching the skill of sleep more beneficial for your baby.
If you do plan to teach your baby before your holidays, then there are a couple of options available to you that can help make the whole process efficient and more importantly successful.
Above all… be consistent
It is important that you look to establish a daytime routine that is consistent. Therefore, your baby should have a wake up time that occurs around the same time, every day, it is equally important that they go to bed at the same time each evening. Nap times and feeding times have to fall in with these times and this will help your baby to familiarise themselves with how their day is going to be structured.
On the whole, teaching your baby the skill of sleep before a holiday is a good way of getting your baby into a routine for a time when you want to have fun and feel refreshed. While it takes time, perseverance is important and an understanding of the needs of your baby is crucial.