Adapting to Changes at Bedtime
As much as we as parents try to keep our kids on the same schedule that’s not always possible due to many different reasons. I do have to say I try my hardest to keep my kids on schedule and have been know to leave events and activities early to get my kids to bed on time. Sleep is so important and I think really weighing the benefits of the activity verse the need for sleep helps us as parents to make the right decision and be strong in our decision.
If you do have to push bedtime back I recommend completing the same night time routine you have already established. Although this leads to an even later bedtime it allows your child to still have the same signals that it is time to go to sleep. Remember how we talked about our toddlers need for routine in an earlier post, well this is when this need for routine is so important.
Once you have your child in bed and asleep I encourage you to keep the same wake up time the following morning this allows your child to get back into routine the next day and not throw off the routine for multiple days. With the same wake up time this leads to the same nap time and bedtime the following day.
We also see changes in bedtime when we travel. For travel with children I recommend making their sleep environment as much like home as possible, following the same routine and preparing for the time change ahead of vacation. To prepare for the time change I recommend adjusting your child’s sleep time by fifteen minutes each day leading up to the trip until you reach the schedule you would like them to be on while traveling. A grumpy baby at home while adjusting to this change is a lot better than a grumpy baby on vacation.
If you’d like more information on how to adapt your child’s sleep schedules for any reason please contact me to schedule a free fifteen minute phone call to discuss how I may help you and your family.