I am feverishly finishing up the temperament quiz and wrap-up post for my Baby Temperament and Sleep Series, but didn’t want to leave you without anything to read over your morning coffee (or spot of tea) on a Tuesday.
After I posted my summer of sleep information a couple of weeks ago, I received several e-mail messages about this summer’s travels by a few readers. The destinations sounded sooo nice! One reader was off to beautiful Greece (not sure this is where they are staying, but I liked the picture) while another was traveling to Jordan. My family and I will be going to St. Maarten (woohoo! for frequent flier miles). We’ve never been and we are looking forward to it quite anxiously. I have not had more than 2 days off in a row since my baby was born 16 months ago, including Christmas! Unfortunately, I made a critical error telling my preschooler about it too soon as 6 more weeks to him is like 2 more years. Let me give you a taste:
“When are we going on vacation?”
“Can we go on vacation today?”
“It’s making me grumpy we can’t go on vacation!”
“Can we get a face mask for me to swim with on vacation?”
Repeat every day. Okay, I’m exaggerating, but it’s enough that I know I told him WAAAY too soon! LOL Bear with me, I *am* getting to the sleep part of this post as 99% of my articles on this site are about sleep.
In regards to sleep and for our family trip, I’m trying to figure out if we should rent a crib at the hotel, (which is tempting considering how much gear we need to bring with us for two kids now!), take our Pack ‘n Play (though we are doing a “We’re not having anymore babies garage sale” this Saturday to help pay for our trip and I’d love to sell it), borrow my friend’s Pack N Play or buy something like this Toddler Travel Bed that folds up much smaller. I definitely don’t think my youngest son is ready for a “I can get out whenever I want” bed and my husband thinks that last one looks too much like a dog carrier, so we’ll likely opt for calling the hotel or asking my friend. I’m hoping the proceeds from the garage sale will help pay for the entertainment part of our trip.
Finally, I wanted to share my travel sleep tips with all of you as you embark on your own summer adventures. Of course, I already wrote my travel sleep tips last year, so here are the links to my flashback posts (so I can get back to the Temperament Quiz and Sleep Helpdesk questions):
One other thing about the summer is that it’s normal for bedtimes to get slightly later for some babies just for the summer as it is much brighter later. Once again, light is what stimulates our eyes and tells us when it’s time to sleep or be awake. So, if you have a sleeper that is rid of sleep associations and suddenly starts fighting bedtime, you might need to bump bedtime a bit later, temporarily. It will bounce back when Fall or Winter hit…usually.
Now, please tell me so I can give you some quick tips: