Posted in Babies, Sleep, Travel, Tricks of the Trade

For those of you who go on long-ish day trips with your babies, how do you handle bed time? My 6-month-old just starting going to sleep for ~12 hours around 8:30 PM. I'm not inclined to rush home by then, but my husband is b/c he doesn't want to mess up the "routine". Do you just move baby from car seat to crib? Any success stories/tips I can use to negotiate with my husband? Or am I wrong in thinking later-night drives are okay??

  • Andrea
    Jun 06, 2017

    Oh, and FWIW, I'm talking about trips that would be 2x/month during the summer.

  • Amber
    Jun 06, 2017

    I pull over when it's their normal bedtime and I put them into their pj's and give them a bottle. Then when we get home I just transfer them straight into bed. A side note, how in the world did you get your 6 month old to sleep through the night? Mine is up every couple hours and it's driving me crazy!

  • Sara
    Jun 06, 2017

    At that age I didn't worry about it too much because my daughter would fall asleep anywhere and then was easily transferred. So like Amber said I just made sure that I got her changed in advance so I could easily transfer to a crib. Now we have a whole 10 hour 5000 step bedtime routine so it's no longer possible :-)

  • Andrea
    Jun 06, 2017

    Thank you! Amber, I think we got really lucky on sleep. Though, we did do a few things from the very beginning like make it dark at night, talk in quiet voices at night, have him in 2 pieces during the day and onesies at night, and - during the first 7 weeks when he did need to be fed in the middle of the night - not engage with him during that feeding. When we put him down, we also let him cry it out for a bit if necessary. Similarly, we don't run to him as soon as he first makes a peep in the morning.

  • Erin
    Jun 06, 2017

    At 6 mo we would push his sleep around all the time. But he wasn't sleeping through the night yet. If you're ok with sleep being screwed up for a few days go for it...but expect sleep to be screwed up for a few days lol. Sometimes it's worth it. Sometimes it's worth it to get a hotel.

  • Megan
    Jun 07, 2017

    Mine slept through the night by then as well. I would just make sure I had her pjs with us and had her changed around the normal time. Sometimes she would wake up but would go back down easily.

  • Winnie User
    Jun 08, 2017

    Late night drives now and then are totally okay.Have baby in PJs and changed,ready to go down.Just transition from car seat into sleep sack and straight to bed.Keep lights down.You can't chain yourself to a routine,that's miserable. as long as you're consistent as possible the rest of the time,presuming not every evening is trip time,then you're fine.Definitely take the trip.You're happiness and sanity are important too. Baby will still sleep well.Husband needs to chill.