Sweet dreams, sleepyheads

It can be tricky to get your little ones off to sleep when they’re away from home and out of their everyday routine. Staying in a new environment is exciting and those inquisitive little minds don’t want to miss a thing! 

So we asked bedtime experts The Children’s Sleep Charity if they could share their top sleep tips with us to help your kids nod off in no time, wherever they are. As a charity that works extensively with families, they know the importance of a great night’s sleep in helping you get the most from your day.

Bedtime tips from top bloggers

We’ve also asked top parenting bloggers for their advice on how to get kids off to sleep when they’re staying away from home. Here are some brilliant bedtime tips from the mums and dads who’ve been there, done that, and survived!

“If your child usually goes to sleep at 7.00-7.30 this isn’t really going to happen in a hotel, the best thing is to embrace the extra time. We still get our girls ready for bed but we’ll then all gather on the bed and play a game that we’ve brought with us or watch a film. They’ll enjoy the extra time and be more likely to go to sleep when asked.”

“Fresh air and lots of exercise are always key to inducing sleep with my kids so even if we have travelled a long way and are shattered I do try to at least get a walk in before we settle down. We once drove all the way down to Cornwall and the kids had been cooped up for hours. We ensure we walked for a good hour after getting out the car and they went from restless and agitated to relaxed and happy. Such a simple thing but so important to helping a child unwind.” 

“Unless we are travelling for a specific evening event, we always like to eat dinner either in the hotel, or within walking distance of the hotel.  This makes sure that the girls haven't got the opportunity to fall asleep in the car on the way back to the hotel.  The transition from car to hotel room can often result in everyone feeling wide awake again.” 

“It might be tempting to let your child have a long lie-in in the morning but it will make it harder on them to adjust to their new surroundings if you do.”   

“Quite often, the kids can’t settle because you are still in the room which isn’t the norm for home. Whenever travelling with children I like to get them into bed and then spend an hour in the bath with a glass of wine and my book!”