Kids sleep at Christmas – this may not seem straightforward! When my children were born, Christmas took on a whole new meaning again. The excitement and anticipation both before and during “the big day” and everything that comes with Christmas, makes it the most magical time.
However, all the fun and festivities can lead to disrupted sleep patterns, which can be a challenge for parents to manage.
How can you ensure you have festive fun but also ensure your child gets the rest they need during the Christmas season?
Here are my top tips to help your survive the Christmas season.
- Stick to a Routine: Children thrive on routine, and keeping to a regular sleep schedule can help them feel calm and secure, especially when their day may have been really exciting. Even during the holidays, try to maintain your child’s usual bedtime and wake-up time as much as possible. If they use awake windows, try and stick to them. An overtired baby or child will get overstimulated very quickly which could make your day and night tricky.
- If you are staying somewhere else overnight, routine can be really useful. This can also be when they may try and push boundaries a little. Make sure you take their favorite teddy, sleeping bag if they have one, white noise machine etc…
- Don’t overschedule: It can be really tempting to try and give our little ones all the Christmas fun in one day. However, sometimes it can be too much. Try to spread out activities and build in quiet or down time into each day, where possible.
- Create a Soothing Environment: Make sure your child’s bedroom is conducive to sleep and try to avoid to much Christmas activity in their room. Take a look at my blog for how you can promote a great bedroom environment.
- Limit Screen Time, especially before bed as it is really stimulating. Encourage them to read a book or do a quiet activity instead. They may also benefit from a period of quiet play before bed or a nap, especially on a busy day.
- Manage Sugar Intake: It can be tempting to indulge in sweet treats during the holiday season. However, too much sugar can disrupt sleep. Try to limit your child’s intake of sugary foods and drinks, especially in the evening.
- Naps on the go: Where you are out and about, whether it be a Christmas market like Maldon’s, a visit to Santa (we loved the Santa trail at Field’s Farm Shop) or visiting family and friends, sometimes nap timings do not work. Don’t be afraid of the occasional nap on the go, either in the car or buggy. They may not sleep for as long, however some sleep is better than no sleep!
- Christmas Eve is often the evening where excitement levels peak and little ones struggle to go to sleep. Follow all the advice above but also make sure you have plenty of time outside. When it is cold and possible wet (or snowy), it can be easy to hibernate. However getting outside is a great aide to sleep and can really help set them up for a better night. This can be as easy as a walk, make a scavenger hunt or pebble hunting on the beach. If you are looking for some more structured activities, Essex Wildlife Trust have some themed nature trails which are open to all!
By following these tips, you can help your child get the rest they need during the Christmas season. Ensuring they wake up feeling refreshed and ready to enjoy all the holiday fun.
However, if they have a few late nights, and naps are a bit out of sync, try not to worry too much – just get back to their normal routine as soon as you can!
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Have a wonderful Christmas x