When my twins arrived it was a bit of a shock to my system. I used to nap for a couple of hours a day when I was pregnant! The disruption to my sleep was probably one of the biggest adjustments I had to make. I had trouble getting the kids to sleep through the night.
The first time the kids actually slept all the way through the night it was while we were on vacation at my parent’s cottage. I’m not sure if it was the fresh air or the peace and quiet but my husband and I were amazed!
Travel and baby’s good sleep habits don’t always go hand in hand. Lately, I’ve been getting calls from friends and customers about how to deal with the sleep disruption that is caused during holidays.
One of my friends called me frantically the other day asking if I knew of any devices to keep her son in his crib. They had just returned from holidays where she had slept in the same bed with her little guy. Once home, he couldn’t understand why mom’s bed wasn’t an option anymore and kept climbing out of his crib to sleep with her. Trying to re-establish his sleep routine was driving her crazy.
A customer also called this week asking if we carried a mesh dome that would go over top of her pack n play to try and contain her son while on vacation in Calgary. She was desperate to find a way to keep him in his bed while they were sleeping away from home. Our Eddie Bauer pack n plays do include a mesh dome cover but are meant more for keeping bugs/sun off of your child if used outside.
From my experience, trying to duplicate the sleeping environment your child has at home is the best way for everyone to get the rest they need. If she sleeps in a full size crib at home, you will want to make arrangements for that when you travel.
Not all kids will automatically sleep in a pack n play just because you are away from home. The mattress is significantly thinner, it is lower to the ground and a small sleeping surface.