Travelling Like Zombies, When Baby Won’t Sleep

March 12, 2013 at 7:27 pm
5 Tips to Deal with Lack of Sleep Travelling with Baby // www.intrepidmonkeys.com
Travelling with an 8 month old bub is character building (and relationship building) to say the least! Unfortunately one of our friend’s comment “oh that’s great, Ollie will be able to sleep anywhere by the time you get back” was slightly misguided. Instead we’ve found that if you have an average sleeper before travelling, expect them to potentially turn into a terrible sleeper when on the road!!
We have had an amazing time though. Fantastic cultural experiences, tastes, sights and sounds (including a Chileno band that started 1.5hrs late – while they finished their sound checks – on our one and only date-night so far in South America, on Valentines Day).
Another friend told me that,

Although it may be restricting [travelling with a little, little one] I think it would be easier than when they are “older” i.e. 2-5 years old. In this age gap they either won’t walk far, won’t listen, touch everything, or just go against everything that will make the holiday relaxing.

Great… sounds like we’ve got a lot to look forward to!

We are very grateful for the age and stage Ollie is at though. Despite the sleeping issues at night, his day sleeps have been good. We have been able to  cover quite a bit of ground (via car or walking with the backpack) during the days. He is also an absolute character. Ollie has a way with ladies (and men) everywhere we go. So much so, we usually get to enjoy 10-15mins to ourselves at some stage during a meal out while Ollie is taken off our hands by some random. Today he was behind the bar at an Argentinian restaurant with the jefe (the manager) while we finished eating our lunch.

Five tips that we’ve come up with to deal with lack of sleep when travelling with a baby include:
  1. Sleep/recharge yourself whenever you can – i.e. when baby sleeps, or take any offer of a break from bub.
  2. Get out and about – you’ll be surprised how much energy you carry in reserve. The photos below are our family outing along the esplanade in Villarrica after we were about to kill each other due to cabin fever and lack of sleep.
  3. Don’t be too ambitious – i.e. tip #2 only works if you intersperse it with tip #1.
  4. Have a beer, or a pisco sour.
  5. Remember that the sun will rise tomorrow – particularly in the middle of the night when you’re ready to pack your bags. Somehow things seem so much more manageable during daylight hours.

5 Tips to Deal with Lack of Sleep Travelling with Baby // www.intrepidmonkeys.com

5 Tips to Deal with Lack of Sleep Travelling with Baby // www.intrepidmonkeys.com

5 Tips to Deal with Lack of Sleep Travelling with Baby // www.intrepidmonkeys.com

5 Tips to Deal with Lack of Sleep Travelling with Baby // www.intrepidmonkeys.com

Have you ever had any shocking nights when travelling with bub? What did you do to cope?