So we don’t know about you, but one thing we love when we’re on vacation is trying to catch up on a LITTLE sleep! But when you have a bunch of littles who are excited about getting away from their everyday routine, that can be easier said than done! When we came across this great blog from AdventuresAllAround.com on how to sleep well in hotels, we knew we had to give this a double take. Who doesn’t want to sleep well when they’re on vacation?!
One thing we’ve found when we’re on a family vacation, is that things can turn south fast if the littles haven’t had enough sleep. Bad moods are amplified, mealtime can turn tricky and obeying any kind of instruction can be difficult. Which is why sleep is even more important during a vacation. So… thanks to AdventuresAllAround.com, we will discuss Sleeping Well In Hotels: Here’s How!
1. Make Your Hotel Room As Close to Home As Possible
It can be really difficult for kids to adjust to a new environment, especially when there are so many exciting things taking place around them! Kids generally love the being in hotels – they are sleeping right next to Mom and Dad, they have access to things they otherwise wouldn’t have at home, and it’s just so much fun!
But, try to keep routines in place as much as possible. Do your kids generally have a specific bedtime they adhere to? Work on getting them to sleep around the same time. Do they do baths before bedtime? Get them in the tub to relax and unwind after a busy day. Is there a specific bedtime snack you always offer up before they go to sleep? Make sure you have it available where you’ll be, in order to keep things similar to how they are at home. And this is a big one… if they tend to sleep with a specific pillow/blanket/stuffed animal at home, you might want to consider sucking it up and making sure it makes the trip with you, as well. You’re going to make life much easier in the long run when it comes to getting them to sleep soundly through the night in a new location!
And don’t forget their favorite bedtime stories!
2. Adjust Everyone’s Body Clock
This is especially important if you’re going to be changing time zones! You never know if your child will easily slip right into the new routine, of if they are going to struggle with staying up half the night because their body clock is off whack. So work on helping everyone out by resetting the clock BEFORE you leave for vacation!
Adjust meal times, after-school routines and sleep times as much as possible before you leave. If you’re heading east, start bedtime earlier and try getting everyone up a little earlier than you normally would. On the other hand, if you’re heading west, you may want to work on staying up a little bit later and sleeping in, which is obviously WAY easier to do!
3. Lights Out!
It’s no secret that the darker the room when you’re in a hotel, the easier it will be to get the littles down for the night. Many hotels have dark curtains and blinds to help people with this predicament, but if they don’t, you may have to get creative and work on some DIY options!
You may want to ask for extra towels to throw over the windows to darken things up, or try to see if you can get the kids to sleep in the farthest location from a window. Anyway you can make things as dark as possible for them, the better!
4. Sounds Make All The Difference!
We like to sleep with a little white noise when we’re on vacation with the kiddos. Having an app on the phone that we can use makes all the difference and it really helps to distract the littles from people in rooms close to us, or other families running up and down the hallways. You just never know how noisy it will be OUTSIDE of your hotel room!
We have a white noise machine that we use regularly at home that comes with us when we are on vacation, too. We love it because the kids are used to the noise, and we can change things up, if we need to. It has many soothing sounds to choose from, like a rainy night, to a heartbeat noise, or just sounds of the ocean. Ahhhh…. it makes me sleepy just thinking about it!
Absorbing those distracting noises around us makes all of the difference to get the kiddos to sleep and KEEP them asleep!
5. Find a Comfy Bed!
This may be easier said than done, because you never quite know what kind of hotel you may end up in when you’re planning a vacation. But if you’re familiar with a specific hotel chain that has never done you wrong and you know the beds are consistently comfortable? Book it!
Know a hotel chain that uses comfy mattresses, great fluffy pillows, and pillow top covers? You may just make bedtime that much easier!
There isn’t anything quite like a good night’s sleep! And if you’re heading on vacation soon with the entire family, you’ll want to do everything in your power to make sure everyone gets enough sleep. How else are you all going to enjoy your vacation to the fullest with minimal meltdowns?! Thanks again, AdventuresAllAround.com, for the great blog on ways to sleep well in hotels. Genius!
No matter where you may be in the world, here’s to a wonderful vacation with lots of great sleep!
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