Traveling Sleep Tips By Age

Baby-Sleeping-Plane-800x350Shared by CB Sleep Expert Angelique Millette

0-4 months:
– Most newborns don’t have a sleep schedule and will sleep every few hours. For this reason, flying with a newborn may be a lot easier than flying with an active toddler.
– Since newborns are not eating solids, you can easily breastfeed or offer a bottle of pumped breastmilk or formula. A quick tip for heating a bottle on the plane: pour hot water into a clean barf bag.
– While on your trip, sleep and feed baby on demand/as needed.
– Most importantly, be sure to speak with your baby’s doctor about traveling with a baby under 4 mos and if necessary, speak with your baby’s doctor about necessary vaccinations pre-trip.
4-12 months:
– If needed, bring a sound machine. Curious and social babies four months or older may have more trouble sleeping if there are a lot of interesting new sounds.
– Babies may have a more consistent sleep-feed schedule starting around 3-6 months so when possible, try to plan feed and sleep times around travel times.
– If you are planning on making sleep changes or using “sleep training” try not to do it right before departing for a trip. Better to give your baby 1-2 wks or more before the trip. Or, after returning from a trip you may need to delay sleep training to adjust for time zone.
Toddlers:
– Some toddlers may not do well with new surroundings and may resist going to sleep or may be scared by new surroundings and faces. Try to help your toddler get used to a new sleep space by spending time together in the new room before bedtime.
– Try spending an additional 10-15 min with your child at bedtime the first few nights. This will mean that you want to start bedtime a little earlier than you normally would at home.
– If you have not been bed-sharing at home but find yourself bed-sharing with an anxious or scared toddler while traveling, the first night home from your trip, plan on moving your child back to his bed.