Holiday Recovery 101 – Getting Your Baby or Toddler’s Sleep Back On Track

Holiday Recovery 101 - Getting Your Baby or Toddler's Sleep Back On Track

December was a whirlwind. You shopped up a storm, performed magic in the kitchen for your houseguests, went to all of the holiday parties, and maybe you even traveled a bit. What’s left? Picking up the pieces! With the close of the holiday season comes a stark reality. “Normal” life has resumed, and your family is off-schedule, tired, and cranky. If you’re lucky, getting back to your normal routine will be a piece of cake, with just a little nudge. But for many of us, it will be a week or more before our little ones snap back to the norm. You may need some holiday recovery!

Not to worry, though. We can help! Read on for 5 tips to help your kiddos recover from wacky sleep schedules brought on by the holidays.

5 Ways To Help Your Baby or Toddler Recover from the Holidays

  1. Put them to bed early. Overtired children? Put them to bed early for two or three nights so they get extra rest. Overtired children will appear hyper and act out as they fight the fatigue. (It might not be the cookies!) Keep this in mind before the holidays too if you can! Keep this in mind when prepping for holidays too!The title of this one says it all! Learn what we think about keeping your baby or toddler up late for special holiday parties and events. Learn what we think about keeping your baby or toddler up late for special holiday parties and events. Check out this article: Should You Keep Your Baby or Toddler Up Late For Holiday Events?

    Offer naps early. If your child is a nap-taker and she’s now sleeping only half as much as she did before the holidays, try offering her naps a little earlier than usual. Short naps are a sign of being overly tired. Putting her down just 15 to 20 minutes earlier will make a big difference.

  2. Wake them up in the morning. That’s right! This is one of those times you should wake your child from sleep. If your child is now up a lot at night, as tempting as it is, don’t let him sleep in too late in the morning. Get back into routine and on schedule by controlling wake-up, even if you generally don’t follow a strict schedule. You can’t make him sleep, but you can control the time you start the day if he has started sleeping in. This also helps if bedtime has gotten too late in the past couple of weeks. Stick to a stricter schedule for two to three days to get back on track.
  3. Start from scratch—Unfortunately, even if you had been working on sleep training before the holidays, some kids will have completely fallen into their old sleep habits during the holidays. If your baby had only just started to self-soothe (i.e. fall asleep without your help), she may seem to have forgotten how to do it in just a week. Help her to remember by teaching her from scratch, just like you did the first time. It may take longer this time around, but stick with it and your hard work will pay off.
  4. Hold off on major changes—As much as it may appear that your child has changed her sleep needs in the past couple of weeks, don’t make any drastic changes until you are sure that the holiday hustle and bustle are behind you and you are back to your normal routine. While baby may have transitioned from two naps to one nap the same week that grandma and grandpa came to visit, it’s unlikely that this is a permanent shift. Make sure you don’t jump to any conclusions and give her time to adjust after the holidays before you make any big changes. More than likely, your child’s sleep disturbances will work themselves out in a short time. If you feel that you’re encountering an ongoing sleep issue, trust your instincts and seek further support. You’ll all sleep better!

Holiday Recovery Sleep Help from The Baby Sleep Site®

Need holiday recovery help? Or, maybe there is no “on track” for your little one and you just need help? Maybe you need help teaching your baby or toddler to sleep soundly at night? How about longer, more restorative naps? Whatever your needs, we can help! We are here at your disposal, ready to craft a Personalized Sleep Plan just for your family. Your plan will walk you through every step of sleep coaching. It will be 100% personalized to fit your baby’s personality and needs, and to mesh with your parenting philosophy.

Is your family still suffering from a “holiday hangover?” Take back your sleep!

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