Sleep: [Part 1]
It is the quintessential issue but no more so than during the holidays.
If you are traveling, remember that your baby is in a new place. Just like many adults have issues sleeping in new places so do babies. Try to stick to your bedtime routine. Oh, you don't have one? Start now! It will be sketchy for Thanksgiving but firmly in place by Christmas. What is a bedtime routine? It is the steps you establish to signal that it is time to slow down and relax. Pick 6 steps that can be condensed to 5 minutes or take as long as 30 minutes. You want to have things that can be done anywhere. (It will help you relax as well). Include your partner and older children if applicable.
Here's an example:
1. Read to your baby. Remember you don't have to read children's books. You and your partner can read whatever you would like to each other.
2. Have a wash. Wipe face, hands and tush. Have a bath. Remember that it's cold. Dry as you go.
3. Brush teeth or gums. Good habit to start no matter how old your child.
4. Change clothes. There is nothing as relaxing as soft and warm jammies.
5. Tell your baby one positive thing about today.
6. Climb into bed and breastfeed your baby to sleep/rock and breastfeed your baby.
This routine is just a suggestion. Pick the 6 things that work for your family. Stick to the routine. Will it be easy all the time, NO. However, it will make slowing down and going to bed easier for everyone.
Part 2 tomorrow: the battle of you are spoiling your baby, sleep edition.