Navigating Baby Sleep during the Holidays

by | Dec 20, 2023 | baby travel tips, bumps in the road, holiday sleep, Quick Baby Sleep Tips, transitions | 0 comments

The holiday season is a joyous time filled with festivities, gatherings, and cherished moments with loved ones. However, for parents with a little one in tow, maintaining a consistent sleep schedule can be challenging. As a dedicated sleep coach, I understand the importance of ensuring that your baby gets the rest they need during this busy time. Here are some valuable tips to help you stay on track with your baby’s sleep over the holidays.

First and foremost, communication is key. As you navigate through family gatherings and holiday parties, be proactive in letting relatives know about your baby’s sleep routine. Educate them on the importance of regular sleep for your little one’s health and development. By setting expectations upfront, you’ll create a supportive environment that encourages everyone to contribute to maintaining a consistent sleep schedule.

One of the most common challenges parents face during the holidays is pressure from well-meaning relatives to let the baby stay up late for special occasions. It’s essential to assertively communicate that your baby’s sleep is a top priority. Politely but firmly let relatives know that you have established a bedtime routine that works for your child, and deviating from it can disrupt their sleep patterns. Remember, saying no is not only okay; it’s crucial in order to avoid your baby becoming over-tired which we all know is a vicious cycle that can be hard to break away from.

While it’s tempting to attend every holiday event, consider prioritizing gatherings and activities that align with your baby’s schedule. Opt for daytime events or early evening celebrations that allow you to enjoy the holiday spirit without compromising your child’s sleep routine. Choose quality over quantity when it comes to social engagements, and don’t hesitate to graciously decline invitations if they conflict with your baby’s bedtime.

Create a portable sleep haven for your baby when attending events away from home. Pack familiar items such as a lovey and I even encourage you to bring sheets from right off of your baby’s crib so it smells like home.  This will ensure that the sleeping environment is as close to their usual setup as possible. Consistency is key, even when celebrating outside your home. By maintaining a sense of routine during holiday travels, you’ll help your baby feel secure and more likely to stick to their sleep schedule.

In conclusion, navigating the holidays with a baby doesn’t mean sacrificing a good night’s sleep. As a sleep coach, my advice is to prioritize your baby’s routines, communicate your expectations, and be prepared to say no when necessary.  The relatives urging you to keep your baby awake later are not going to be the ones caring for a cranky overtired baby after all.

By taking proactive steps and making informed decisions, you can create a harmonious balance between festive celebrations and maintaining a healthy sleep routine for your little one. Remember, a well-rested baby is a happy baby, and that’s the best gift you can give them during the holiday season.

Your Sleep Bestie,


AM Smiles is a highly effective baby sleep coaching service designed for busy families.

I help you harness the power of sleep training to improve the spirits and lives of you and your family through proper rest. I’d love to talk to you about your little one and help you get back to living life well rested! ❤️