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  1. Lyndsay Won says

    I am traveling in the upcoming months with my 1-year-old (will be 21 months when traveling). He is currently well-trained in his crib at home. However, when we travel, he will have to sleep in a pack-and-play. I thought I read a blog post about preparing your child to sleep somewhere other than his crib for whatever reason. Is there one, or can you guide me on the best way to transition? I have a pack-and-play that I can use to transition him, although he’ll be in a different one when we travel. I also have extra rooms that I can use to teach him to sleep in a different “place.” He never sleeps well in the pack-and-play so transitioning would be better than cold turkey, especially since it will have been 10 months since the last time he slept in one.

    • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says

      Hi @Lyndsay –
      Thank you for writing to us! We hope that you have a fabulous trip with your toddler!! You can definitely lay some groundwork and have your little one try out and get used to sleeping in the pack-n-play before you leave! This is an especially good idea for a baby or toddler who’s slower to adapt or really sensitive to disruptions in the routine. If that’s the case, starting a few days to a week or two before you leave, begin naps in the pack-n-play to get him used to it. You can try at bedtime too if you’d like, whether it be in a different room, or in his room. We have more tips too, here:
      https://www.babysleepsite.com/baby-naps-2/baby-toddler-nap-travel-tips/
      And here:
      https://www.babysleepsite.com/sleep-training/traveling-with-your-baby-or-toddler-10-tips/
      Have fun Lyndsay!

  2. Debbye says

    Hi @Rachel,
    Sorry we did not get your message on time! I hope the travel and late-night went well! Many babies can handle ONE night that is out of sorts, and even if you are in the middle of making sleep changes, he should adjust back to the routine fairly easily with consistency! Happy Holidays, and again I hope it went well and sleep was not too disturbed. 🙂

  3. Rachel says

    I JUST started my 11 month old on a sleep routine and he’s being sleep trained at night. We do 9am naps and 1pm naps and a 7-7:30pm bedtime. We’re going to his dad’s family in the morning and have an hour long drive and an hour long drive back home at around My family doesn’t start dinner until maybe 6 pm and we might not be home until 11pm or later. I have no idea what I should do about this since we just started our sleep training this week. Today will be day number 4. Is it going to ruin everything we’ve done so far?

  4. Lori says

    My 16-month-old has transitioned to one nap, and we don’t have far to drive. Therefore, napping in the car is not an option. My main concern is that he either doesn’t nap or doesn’t nap well when away from home. He’s too in tune with his environment and busy looking at all the new stuff. So, it’s either no nap or possibly a 30 minute nap, and overnight is miserable! Any tips on getting him to sleep better away from home? I’ve been stuck at home for nearly 16 months!

  5. Paula says

    I have no concerns. My baby has a MOAI so she never misses a sleep, not even over the holidays 🙂

    • Nicole says

      @Paula Haha! Well, that’s great you don’t have to worry! 🙂

      @Lori That is really tricky because some kids/people do have difficulty being that adaptable to sleep in a “foreign” place. I’ve had some families have luck with doing pack-n-play naps at home in the living room to set the stage and get them used to napping in the pack-n-play or other travel crib. A nice long nap routine at your destination may help, too. Also, if you ,know he typically naps just 30 minutes, he may be more apt to wake more if you aren’t there between sleep cycles. It’s not ideal, but you can try to make sure you are right there when he wakes after his first sleep cycle and quickly get him back to sleep. He won’t feel alarmed he is alone and think you are staying there the whole time (which is also an option but not ideal when you’re supposed to be visiting). For us, it was always better to go after nap time, but I know that’s not ideal for everyone. I promise it gets better once they are no longer napping, though you then lose your “down time.” 🙂 Good luck!!