How to deal with sleep this Christmas!
Whether you’ve got a baby who generally sleeps well, or someone who’s up with the stars, Christmas and holiday times can be a difficult time for sleep; families visiting, late night trips to sing carols, visiting markets and watching pantomimes (not to mention the extra sugary treats) can make a good nights’ sleep seem like an impossible Christmas wish.
Well, let me sprinkle some fairy dust and give you some advice on dealing with the holiday season – ‘tis the season to be jolly after all!
1) Late nights
It can be hard to ensure a 7pm bedtime every night during the holiday, especially with older children, and it can be a treat to stay up with warm milk and a Christmas film. But watch out, overtiredness (and its friend adrenaline) can make for grumpy routines, unsettled nights and early wakes! So, ensure that you balance those treat nights with a good nights’ sleep as much as possible. Also, don’t forget your bedtime routine, even for a late night.
2) Early mornings
Parents often think a later night will ensure a later morning, but unfortunately the opposite is true! The best way to get your child sleeping through to a reasonable hour is to keep to their normal bedtime. Try investing in a sleep training clock (I recommend the Claessens brand) for older children in beds so promote a reasonable waking hour.
3) Families visiting/visiting families
It’s impossible to avoid families coming to visit, or going to stay with them at Christmas. And, if you’re anything like my family, we all squash ourselves in like sardines or make a ‘children’s room’ so we can continue with the party games. However, your children will be playing games of their own! But, that’s ok – it’s Christmas right!
My advice for sleep overs:
Wishing all of my followers, family and friends a wonderful Christmas! Eat lots, drink lots and sleep lots (hopefully!) Failing that – I have some offers valid throughout December and January so have a great Christmas and we can sort the sleep out together afterwards!