5 Top Tips to Help Children Sleep in an Unfamiliar Bed

5 Top Tips to Help Children Sleep in an Unfamiliar Bed

I have never been a great sleeper. Insomnia has been my companion for much of my life and I used to overcome it by listening to Radio Luxembourg in the middle of the night on one small earphone – mainly because I couldn’t put my light on and read because I shared a room with my sister. I now find that Grace has a similar trait to me. She tends to still ‘rock’ herself to sleep and she still has a comfort blanket to help her. 

It stands to reason then, that whenever we go away and stay in a hotel room in an unfamiliar bed, she doesn’t find it easy to drift off. And nor do I for that matter!

Premier Inn also understands that getting your child into a regular sleep routine can be one of the biggest challenges as a parent and, if you’re staying away from home, they may become unsettled. They are currently working with the founder of The Children’s Sleep Charity to help find solutions and advice for parents who may be travelling.

Here I share 5 of my best tips to help children sleep better whilst you are away.

Bring Their Pillow From Home

I have found that by bringing Grace’s pillow with us whenever we go away – packing space permitting of course – seems to help. They not only have a familiar smell but they also have the support that the pillow gives them without having to get used to a different way.

Bring a Familiar Toy or Comforter

I have dreaded the day that Grace ever lost her bobo (comforter). Thankfully this has never happened (I touch wood as I type this!) and I hope it never does. She has left it behind at other people’s houses before now and trying to help her get to sleep has been a bit of a nightmare!

Play Soothing Music

One of the things that helps all of us when we are away is the lovely, soothing relaxation music Ross has on his tablet. We generally share a family room so this music doesn’t just help Grace, it helps all of us to sleep a bit easier.

Wear Them Out! 

Of course, one of the things you are bound to be doing when you are away, is a bit of sight-seeing and walking around. I particularly find that when we travel to London, it is that bit easier to get Grace to sleep with all the walking that she has done.

Make a Hot Drink

Making Grace a mug of warm milk generally helps settle her at night. Not all hotel rooms come equipped with the ability to make warm milk – there are not enough of those plastic UHT pots to make a whole cup! – but they do usually leave out a couple of sachets of hot chocolate and I tend to find that these certainly help.

Are you travelling soon? What tips can you add?

 This post was written in collaboration with Premier Inn and The Children’s Sleep Charity

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  1. November 6, 2015 / 5:57 pm

    Great tips. The key one is the wearing out, isn’t it? It’s so frustrating when you’re stuck in the car and they’re stuck in their car seat, and you’re almost watching the hours of potential sleep counting down in the rear view mirror.

    Our little one has been a great sleeper on the road; in fact, he was much better at sleeping away from home than in his room, until we realised that the soft sides of the travel cot suited him better than the wooden cot we were putting him in every night.

    We’ve another on the way and praying that we buck the odds and end up with another sleeper. We can’t be that lucky twice; can we?

  2. October 11, 2015 / 1:47 pm

    Great ideas — I love the idea of bringing a pillow but for the grown-ups too! #PoCoLo!

  3. Helen - Mess Stress and Fancy Dress
    October 9, 2015 / 9:25 pm

    Wear them out really is the cornerstone to all good nights sleep in our house. My daughter had sleep apnoea (now cured) and we’ve never really been able to get back to a sensible place with the habits – her tonsils came out 9 months ago so I was hoping we would have all got our mojo back by now, but sadly not. I find traveling really hard, as they spend so long in the car that they just aren’t tired enough for bed. Soft play in hotels????? or at least a playground…..these are good ideas though, we haven’t taken her pillow with us, but I absolutely will next time. #thelist
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  4. October 9, 2015 / 5:23 pm

    Sleep is a huge issue in our house. All of these tips are great. I swear by the “Wear Them Out”. Of course, even after a morning at the beach and afternoon at park and dinner out, my child will still wake up and come into our bed, but at least after full day it happens at 3am and not an hour after putting her down. #PoCoLo
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  5. Hannah Parker
    October 9, 2015 / 7:06 am

    Great post – I’m a huge sleep fan and the thought of a bad night can put you off going away. We are planning a trip to Bamburgh this half term to see Lindisfarn Island and Castle and also the seal pups that are still bobbing around in the north sea – I hoping all that fresh sea air will help with full night’s sleep!

    Thanks for linking up to #theList xxx
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  6. October 9, 2015 / 6:48 am

    I’ve never thought of taking their pillow but I think that would work quite well for Z. He’s always on a high when we stay elsewhere and it’s hard to wind him down. We take lots of his books too which sometimes helps!

  7. October 5, 2015 / 5:46 pm

    I have also suffered from insomnia much of my life. I second the bringing a cherished teddy. I don’t find the pillow makes a difference but I often take my portable black out blind. It suctions to a window so fits any design and the black out helps sleep, especially in summer but also can help where street lights are present. Conversely if it’s too dark it can also be an issue so I always take his dim nightlight which just plugs into any socket. We also do the whole routine as normal, bath, story in bed so it’s “normal”. I always then leave him in the room to go to sleep which is tricky as a single Mum as we share a twin room. This has on one occasion led me to hide out in the bathroom. Not ideal (and kind of hilarious) but if I’m sat in the room with him, it won’t happen. Just take a book or a tablet and wait it out. Ideally outside the UK I aim to have a room with a balcony as this is perfect but not often a luxury in the UK.
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  8. October 5, 2015 / 12:29 pm

    Bringing there own pillow is a fab idea! Infact, they’re all great tips. Wearing them out is probably the key 🙂 Great post, thank you for sharing. xx
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