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From a baby's perspective, holidays can be an exciting but slightly scary time. There are new and unfamiliar surroundings, faces, sights, sounds and smells everywhere. To cope with all this, babies often rely on the familiar rituals of their everyday life to provide them with a sense of security and comfort. Minimizing the disruption of your baby's routines can make the holiday experience a peaceful and pleasant one for your little one and you! Here are some ideas about how to maintain familiar routines over the holidays.
• Start your trip at a time when the baby is awake and alert. Allow enough time to make frequent stops, and feed your baby as close as possible to the times you feed her at home. After a rest stop, resume your trip at a time when she is ready to nap.
• Pack a pillowcase with familiar toys and a large sheet. At rest stops, spread out the sheet and let your baby get some exercise and play with her favorite toys. Hopefully, this will lead to a nice nap in the carseat later!
• Bring along baby's favorite naptime cassette to play in the car when she seems tired, or sing her favorite lullaby as you sit in the back-seat next to her.
• If at all possible, try to spread trips longer than six hours over two days. It can make a tremendous difference in the baby's disposition.