Updated: Aug 15
This week, my family and I are waaaay across the country in beautiful Nova Scotia!
(If you follow me on Instagram, you would have seen some of our adventures! If we're not connected yet, click here!)
And since summer is right around the corner, I'm going to share some travel sleep tips!
1) Plan ahead!
I know this is a given when we travel: we book our accommodations, rent a car, buy tickets to events, etc.
But did you check out the sleeping arrangements?
If you can find a room that's called a 'suite', they typically have a door that separates the main sleeping area and a living room type area.
Interestingly enough, those suites aren't always posted online on places like Expedia.
If there's a hotel you'd like to stay in, but you can't see if they have suites, call them!
They typically aren't too much more than a regular hotel room, so worth it.
If there's a decent selection at your destination, find something with enough bedrooms so your baby or children can have their own sleep space.
If there isn't another bedroom, a den or a large walk-in closet will do the trick!
If you know the home, chat over with your family or friends to see how you can set your baby up for sleep success while on vacation.
Just like above, a walk-in closet or a den can work well to set up your baby's sleep space.
2) Sleep Space Planning
Are there large windows? What's the curtain situation?
There are a variety of travel sleep shades on the market; some have better reviews than others (I'm currently looking into purchasing one brand in particular- so hang tight for the verdict!)
My backup is packing a few heavy-duty garbage bags and painter's tape!
It's lightweight, easy to put up, and doesn't wreck windows or walls!
P.S. Have you ever heard of a Slumberpod?
It's a privacy tent that can go over a mini crib or pack n play, it's light weight, and easy to use! You can check them out here and use MELODYPATTON20 for a discount at the checkout!
3) Packing list
Bring some comfort from home items!
Lovey, stuffy or blanket
A portable fan
A bath toy or two
A couple of favourite books
4) Keep the sleep routine the same but do this one thing
Keep your child's bedtime routine the same as at home, but add in this one step...
Separate yourself from your friends/family BEFORE starting your child's bedtime routine.
Ever heard of FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out)?
It's a thing, and babies and young children experience FOMO often in situations like this.
So give everyone a chance to unwind and let them have extra time before getting ready for bed.
Okay, this email could go on forever so I'll stop here for now!
Stay tuned for more travel tips!
Here for you,
P.S. Is your baby not sleeping well no matter what tricks you try?
Most of my clients see MASSIVE improvements within the first week of working together.
What happens during this call?
I ask some preliminary questions about your child's health, and then ask you to share what's going on with their sleep! (Naps, bedtime, nighttime, etc.)
I let you know if based on what you tell me if and how I can help, and share those details with you.
You then decide if we're a good fit and set a day on the calendar to get started.