Traveling and sleep

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Traveling and sleep

So many parents will say to me, "Oh gosh. I dread going away on vacation or on holidays because the sleep is even worse. What can I do?" This is a great question because we all want to be able to go away and have a good time and still have our children sleep well at night. So the most important thing you can do is to make sure your child doesn't get sleep deprived while you are away because that will cause sleep problems. So if guys are away and your child falls asleep in the stroller on the beach, then just have the naps in the stroller and have your regular, early even when you are away. I would bring things to darken the rooms wherever you are staying. Have that good routine and that bedtime, so you don't completely regress. The other thing is if you have to have your child sleep in your room and your child doesn't normally sleep with you. Try not to go all the way back. Then you get home and get back on the wagon again; which makes it much harder.

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Kim West, LCSW-C

Psychotherapist & Author, The Sleep Lady's Good Night, Sleep Tight

Kim West is a mother of two and a Licensed Certified Social Worker-Clinical (LCSW-C) who has been a practicing child and family social worker for more than 19 years. Known as The Sleep Lady by her clients, over the past 12 years she has helped thousands of tired parents all over the world learn to listen to their intuition, recognize their child’s important cues and behaviors, and gently create changes that promote and preserve his or her healthy sleep habits. 

West has appeared on the Dr. Phil, Today Show, NBC Nightly News, Good Morning America, TLC’s Bringing Home Baby  and CNN, and has been written about in a number of publications including The Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, Baby Talk,  Parenting, The Baltimore Sun, USA Today, The Telegraph, The Irish Independent and the Washington Post. West hosts the sleep section of The Newborn Channel, played in maternity wards in hospitals across the country. West is the author of The Sleep Lady's Good Night, Sleep Tight: Gentle Proven Solutions to Help Your Child Sleep Well and Wake Up Happy with Joanne Kenen. She is also the author of 52 Sleep Secrets for Babies and The Good Night, Sleep Tight Workbook.

Kim received her master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts. She lives with her family in Annapolis, Maryland.

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