My Summer Getaway Dilemma

Now that I have this little one on a schedule, how can I make sure it stays that way?

Over the past two months I’ve been working really hard to get Fern on a schedule and finally we’ve fallen into a good routine. Our usual schedule involves the occasional short (an hour or less) mid-morning nap around 10:00 or 11:00, another nap between 2:00 and 3:00, wake up from nap around 5:30 and head to bed around 7:30, wake up around 7:30 the next morning. We have a really good thing going here.

But, as summer approaches so do vacation plans and the very thought of it gives me hives. Vacation seems like a surefire way to throw all of this hard work down the drain.

Read more about my vacation fears after the jump!

I know that there are plenty of people who vacation with babies and survive the ordeal, but how they do it is a mystery to me. Here are my main concerns:

1.  Sleep schedules

-This is the most obvious of my concerns. I don’t want Fern to stop sleeping and go back to waking up every 4 hours; that was awful and I don’t want to go back.

2.  Sleep location

-Fern sleeps in her own room on a floor bed. When we vacation I know I have the option of using a Pack n’ Play, but I’m not super excited about putting her in a portable crib, since she’s already used to sleeping without side rails and I don’t want to undo that. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not anti-crib or anything, but one of the perks of using a floor bed is that it eliminates the transition from crib to bed and I’m hoping that since Fern has been on a floor bed since she was two-months old that she’ll just be used to it and we won’t have any problems. This might not be a big deal, but it’s still on my mind.  I’m also unsure about how having her room in with us during a vacation will affect her. I don’t want her to think we’re going back to co-sleeping, because as much as I love snuggling with her, I didn’t love waking up sore from all the uncomfortable sleep positions and I don’t want to go back to that. We all get better sleep when we sleep in our own rooms, but I’m not sure how to swing that when it comes to camping or visiting friends where we won’t have the luxury of an extra room.

3.  Sleep aids 

-We use a sound machine/projector to help Fern sleep every night. We don’t have it on a timer, so it just plays all night. Not quite sure how we’re going to survive without it when we go camping and don’t have any electrical outlets.

4.  Packed plans

-I feel like when you’re on vacation there’s always pressure to cram a lot in and that’s just not something we can do these days. Literally half of my day is spent trying to get Fern to sleep and some of that time I have to lay next to her to get her to sleep, which means I can’t really leave her with anyone else. Sigh.

We already turned down a weekend camp out getaway for this weekend, because I was too worried about the logistics of it all, but I don’t want to be banished to a boring summer stuck at home.  So, here’s where you come in:

Have any of you gone on vacation with your baby?  How did you address some of these issues and maintain your baby’s routine?  Help me please – I need advice!


Lauren Hartmann is the founder of The Little Things We Do, a blog about life and adventures in Portland Oregon. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook, or catch up on all of her posts here on Babble.

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