The A to ZZZs for Baby Safe Sleeping While Traveling
We were thrilled contribute to Andi Metzler, Certified Sleep Consultant’s website on safe baby sleep while traveling, specifically the gear you should consider - and not consider - when staying with family, at a rental home or at a hotel. Some of the insights and ideas might surprise you! An excerpt:
Traveling with babies can be a fun, richly rewarding experience for the whole family. Whether it’s a trip flying across the country or a weekend trip driving in the country, “baby on board” can lead to great memories and a needed respite from the daily routine.
But home or away, babies need sleep. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, infants 4-12 months old need 12-16 hours of sleep every 24 hours, and kids 1-2 years need 11-14 hours. New environments – like hotels or rentals homes – can represent challenges to those goals and needs.
Another challenge is the availability of baby equipment on the road that’s appropriate for infant sleeping. Babies should never share a bed — soft mattresses and sleeping with adults run an unacceptable risk of entrapment and suffocation. Nor should a baby ever be placed on a couch or any flat surface not specifically designed and approved for infant sleep.
There’s much more to digest and absorb. Check out the full blog post for all the tips and information and spend time on the site for Andi’s overall sage counsel for parents who consider sleep a huge premium.