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  • Taylor Scott-Wood

Managing Your Baby's Sleep During the Holidays

As Easter weekend approaches, one of the most common concerns amongst parents is how to keep their baby well-rested amidst all the excitement and celebrations.

The answer lies in the 80/20 rule, a simple and effective strategy that allows you to maintain healthy sleep habits while also enjoying time with the family. Managing sleep during the holiday's no longer needs to cause stress.

kids collecting easter eggs
Kids enjoying easter

What is the 80/20 Rule? How does it help me with my baby's sleep during the holidays?

The 80/20 rule is a balance between sticking to a routine and allowing for flexibility. To follow this rule, 80% of the time, you should follow to your child's well-established healthy sleep schedule. This includes regular bedtimes and naptimes that ensure your child gets the right amount of sleep each day. This consistency helps to regulate their body clock and ensures they get the deep, restorative sleep they need for optimal health and development.

However, life isn't always consistent, and this is particularly true during the holiday's. This is where the remaining 20% comes in. During this time, you have the flexibility to adjust their sleep schedule as needed. This could mean skipping a nap if there's a family outing, allowing a later bedtime for a special occasion, or having a nap on the go during a long car journey. This flexibility allows you and your child to enjoy the holiday season without compromising their overall sleep health.

4 Tips for Using the 80/20 Rule Effectively

1.Start with a well-rested child:

Before you begin to apply the 80/20 rule, it's crucial that your child is already well-rested. Make sure they are getting enough sleep overnight before the day you plan to be flexible with their sleep schedule. This ensures that they can handle a minor disruption without becoming overtired.

2.Get back on track the next day:

After a day of flexibility, it's essential to return to your child's

regular sleep schedule as soon as possible. This helps to maintain their healthy sleep habits and minimizes the risk of developing sleep problems.

3.If a nap is skipped or short, offer an earlier bedtime:

If your child misses a nap or doesn't sleep for long, compensate by putting them to bed earlier that night. This helps to ensure that they still get their required amount of sleep for the day.

4.Enjoy the 20% "go with the flow" time:

The 80/20 rule is not just about maintaining good sleep habits; it's also about enjoying the holiday season. So, during the 20% flexible time, relax, make memories, and enjoy the festivities. As long as your child has healthy sleep habits, they will easily get back on track the next day.

Following the 80/20 rule can make easter weekend more enjoyable for both you and your child. It allows you to maintain healthy sleep habits while also making the most of this special time of year. Stay tuned for more tips and tricks to ensure your child stays well-rested during the holiday season and beyond!


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