Traveling with a baby or toddler


Traveling with a baby or toddler can be challenging. Good planning and preparation can greatly improve the experience.

Keep sleep a priority for your child. This will lead to a happier child you can enjoy. Follow their familiar sleeping and eating schedule as much as possible. Take a break during the day for your child to nap. This will give you an opportunity to relax with a book or some adult conversation. Limit the number of days when naps are not possible or space those days out. Adjust for the lost or short naps with an earlier bedtime that day.

Try to make their sleep environment as familiar as possible. Don’t forget that favorite stuffed animal or blanket for your toddler. Bring a familiar crib sheet for your baby.

Contact me for help in adjusting to differences in time zones.

To keep your child well-rested while visiting family or traveling can become more challenging for many reasons. Giving your child a dark sleeping environment will make it easier to put them to bed even when it is still light outside in the evening and will help them sleep later in the morning. Pack your white noise machine to block out all the unfamiliar sounds in their sleeping environment or the sounds you make if you are sharing a room with your child.

There is a quick way to cover a window using a couple of pants hangers  and a dark towel or cloth. The darker and thicker the cloth you choose, the darker the room will be. It is also possible to use a dark trash bag to hang over the window.

Black out curtain

Arlene Fryling

Arlene is a registered nurse and certified sleep consultant for children 0-5 years. She has cared for premature, sick, and many healthy babies. For over 15 years she has taught expectant parents how to care for their newborns through classes teaching basic baby care, infant massage classes, and moderating support groups for new moms as they deal with parenting issues.

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