What do you do when your kids won’t sleep on vacation? Try this little vacation tip!
Packing for a vacation is exhausting enough – deciding where your kids should sleep should not be as exhausting. However, when you have a toddler and they are normally happy to sleep in their crib at home – what can you do?
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Here are your options:
My go-to-answer is for your child would be to sleep in a Pack ‘n Play, but now I’m not so sure. Let me say this that if your child loves the portable crib – DO NOT change a thing. You’ve got it made! However, if your child refuses the pack ‘n play, you can try something new.
Our last vacation resulted in having neither kids sleeping at 10:30pm – both were up, because our toddler was having a very hard time falling asleep in her Pack ‘n Play, so we knew that we had to change this up a bit.
When we decided that the best answer, for our family, was to bring our castle tent, we found some very happy kids!
- Put it beside your bed, on the floor, to keep an eye on what is happening.
- Keep a nightlight plugged in, in the same room, to let some light into the tent.
- Talk to your kids about the sleep rules how and why they need to stay in the tent at night.
- Lay a comforter down on the floor, to make it comfortable.
- Bring a pillow from home (or a special blanket)
- Let them play with some Busy bags to help with calm-down time.
- If they won’t fall asleep, lay with them for a few minutes and then sneak out when they are asleep. If they wake up, they will just look up and see you in bed beside them.
Ps- our kids always wake up extra early on vacation, so I have invested in this and it makes a world of difference! It turns green when they can wake up:
By the end, our daughter told us “I am lucky I sleep in a tent”. (OK, we may have been saying that line a lot, but hey, she got it!) We set the expectations and she went with it. So that my friends, is another tool to put in your sleep tool belt.