5 Tips to help your child sleep whilst travelling

5 Tips to help your child sleep whilst travelling

It’s that time of year again… the sun’s out, holidays are booked but your children are finding it harder than ever to get to sleep!

We understand that factors like the heat, sleeping in different environments and long haul-flights can have a massive impact on your kids.

With this in mind, we have developed five tips as Silentnight aim to help improve your little ones sleep whilst on your travels.

Whether you’re on the plane, in a taxi, or in your hotel- there’s different tricks here and there to ensure your child has the best rest possible!

1. Did you know… Planes Allow Car Seats:

You can bring a car seat onboard the plane for your infant or child as long as it has a five point harness and the seat is FAA-Approved with a label on the back stating “This restraint is certified for use in motor vehicles and aircraft.”

This may be helpful as it is something your child will be familiar with, more comfortable in and therefore, in an easier position for them to fall asleep.

2. Bedtime Stories:

Depending on how old your child is, as parents, bedtime stories is one of our key duties. Our sleep expert Nerina Ramlakhan says: “The choice of bedtime story is relevant for children, they need to go bed feeling safe, so choosing stories or poetry that have a calming effect help best .”

3. No noise:

Babies are very sensitive sleepers so the slightest noise could disrupt their sleep.

Dr Nerina stresses that ‘silence is absolutely essential to being able to sleep deeply and live vibrantly’, so maybe try and keep things like music and the radio off when driving if your baby is asleep.

4. Keep them cool:

There’s no question about it that we’re dealing with one of the hottest summers ever. Whether your holiday is abroad or here in the UK, Dr Nerina advises that 19 degrees centigrade is an optimum temperature for a good night’s sleep. Think about the layers your child might be wearing, is it enough or too much? It’s always a good idea to check if your hotel has air conditioning before booking.

5. Schedule nap times:

Napping can help the body to reprogram, rest, relax and let go.

Dr Nerina adds that ‘powering down for 10-20 minutes at some time between 2 and 4pm’ has numerous benefits, a key one being that it helps to ‘de-excite the nervous system, thus allowing for deeper, less noisy sleep’.

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