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