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  1. Andrea says:

    I agree with Rachel. My daughter, now 5 1/2, has gotten better at sleeping hotels 2 or 3 times a year, it wasn’t easy when she was a year old. Now she falls asleep in a few minutes with no fuss.

    Temperament can be applied to adults, too. I can sleep just about anywhere, falling asleep minutes after my head hits the pillow and not waking up until morning. My husband never sleeps well in unfamiliar places, and wakes constantly throughout the night at every little noise.

    • Emily DeJeu says:

      @ Andrea – Awesome comment! This is so true – temperament and personality both have a great deal to do with how we sleep. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  2. Emily DeJeu says:

    @ Melanie – likewise! All three of my kids sleep much better at home, in their own beds, than they do anywhere else, so in that sense they’re ‘inflexible’ to some degree. However, since (as you point out) we’re at home the vast majority of the time, it’s fine by me!

    Thanks for commenting, Melanie! 🙂

    @ Rachel – oh, good point about age! Yes, that’s very true – older kiddos are generally more adaptable because you can reason with them, and help them understand their new surroundings better. Not true for babies 😉 Also, thanks for your insights into time zone changes! Very helpful. I haven’t done much traveling across time zones personally with my kids, but lots of our readers do, so this is a really nice insight.

    Thanks for taking the time to comment, Rachel! 🙂

    @ Rhianna – what a great perspective! This is a kind of the other side of the coin – in your case, it sounds like sleep coaching actually helped them learn to fall asleep in different places and be a bit more adaptable, which is fantastic! And I can see how that might be the case. So glad to hear that The Baby Sleep Site was helpful to you in coaching your little ones to sleep better 🙂

    Thanks for sharing a bit about your experience, Rhianna! 🙂

  3. Rhianna says:

    I have a 3.5 yr old boy and an almost 2 yr old girl. I began sleep training when they were each 5 months old, with the help of the Baby sleep site! Both are good sleepers. However, my son has a much harder time with transitions than my daughter. My daughter will sleep almost anywhere if she is tired. My son has a difficult time sleeping in new situations, like a hotel room. We were on vacation recently and he did not fight bed time or fuss, but he did lay awake for 45 min before falling asleep the first night. The second night was easier for him. But, he sleeps fine at home, and grandma’s, because he is used to it, and occasionally the car. Though, neither of mine sleep well in the car and they never have! I would say, overall, sleep training has helped them to be able to fall asleep even in different places. We have a predictable routine for nap and bed time and they each have a special blanket to sleep with so I think it actually makes it easier to put them to bed in places other than home.

  4. Rachel says:

    We trained both our girls and now we have an almost 3 year old and a 1.5 year old and who sleep so well. We are on vacation and havs taken vacations before with them and I absolutely agree with the temperament comment though I also think age plays a factor. Our older one used to put up a huge fuss when we changed her routine. Now that she is older, she can handle disruption better. I’ve found that for a vacation with no time zone or 1 time zone change, it takes about 24-48 hours fir them to get used to the new places. For bigger time zone changes, it takes longer because they have a header time dealing since there are more changes.

  5. Melanie says:

    I always think about this (or blackout shades or white noise or anything that *could* make my baby less adaptable in certain situations) that I’d rather my baby sleep well the 95% of the time that I’m home and deal with the 5% when it comes rather than struggling 100% of the time!

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