It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like... Holiday Chaos
With the holiday season upon us, I’ve received many questions about how to handle sleep amidst whacky schedules, houseguests, and travel.
I’m reminded of where I was just 4 short years ago.
My then 2-month-old daughter’s bedtime was between 7 and 8 p.m. She would usually give us a good 4-5 hour stretch at the start of the night. But with parties and festivities looming, I was panicked. What do I do? Keep baby on a schedule and miss out on holiday events? Wing it, go off schedule, and see what happens?
In all honesty, I just wanted to skip the holidays… But what fun would that be?!
So here is my advice to help you enjoy the magic of the season and remain well-rested:
Is your child flexible? Is she able to stay up a little later and not have it affect her for more than a night or two?
Cool! Try to keep your child well rested however you can and go have fun!
Is your child not so flexible? Try not to stress.
Schedule or attend events around naps and bedtime.
Host! One of the biggest issues around the holidays is a change in environment. When you host, you can still control your child’s environment. Crank up the white noise and enjoy your guests while keeping your child on schedule.
If a and b are not achievable, just come to terms with the fact that things may be out of whack for a bit. Accepting that life happens and that you can and will get back on track can help alleviate any panic (as can cookies and eggnog!).
Sometimes, clients are frustrated by the reality that their child is not so flexible (I know I was!). I try to remind everyone that “this too shall pass.”
Four years ago, I thought the holidays would never be fun again, that I’d be stressed about sleep (or lack thereof). Fast-forward to today – I cannot WAIT to for the holidays with my little one! I know that a few later nights or missed naps aren't something that an early bedtime during recovery can't fix. So take a deep breath, grab the eggnog, and enjoy!