Travel and baby sleep schedules

I’m going to be honest here, Eleanor is a horrible sleeper. She has only slept through the night twice in 11 months. On average she wakes up three times from dusk until dawn for 30-40 minutes each waking. If you’ve noticed a few extra wrinkles around my eyes since this little bright eyed monster arrived now you know why.

Before we packed up and headed for Italy we had her on a pretty tight bath, milk, bed routine and she was starting to improve, slightly. Fast forward six weeks and it all feels like it was a waste of time and tears. Daniel and I have officially thrown in the towel and slapping on the ‘bad parent’ badge.

Our little night owl refuses to go to bed until we do. We figure we might as well take advantage of her nocturnal ways and take nighttime strolls, enjoy a vino in the piazza or dine out. Perhaps she is just a little European baby at heart, they don’t seem too bothered to be up past 11pm.

For daytime naps we turn her to face us in the Ergobaby 360 4 position carrier and she sleeps for 45 to 90 minutes but she refuses pram naps.

The only downside to having a possum for a child is that she likes to sleep in until 10am. If we try and wake our little teenager up any earlier she is a nightmare during the day, so we can’t really plan any morning activities. I almost miss the jetlagged baby that woke us up at 5am 8 days straight.

If you’ve managed to get your traveling babe to bed at a reasonable hour please tell us how you did it!

Feeding your baby while on a trip to Italy

We are consciously attempting to start Eleanor on a path to good nutrition. We do our best to steer clear of overly processed, sugar laden crap and when we are at home we cook real food for her.

When we’re out of the house it’s a different story. We rely on those handy little on-the-go food pouches, organic baby snacks, baby yogurt, anything that makes life more convenient. But convenience doesn’t seem to exist in Italy.

We had a small panic when the only baby food-esque products we could find in the supermarkets or pharmacies here in Rome were jars with questionable ingredients like fish or rabbit (poor bunnies). We tried the fish jar but it smelled like cat food and Ellie spat it straight out, I offered Dan 200 bucks to eat it but he refused, yep it smelt that bad! There goes that option.

Baby food, or as the Italians call it – food, can be a little tricky to prepare in your hotel room (we should have booked an apartment) but this is what we’ve come up with on the fly.

Breakfast

  • Yogurt
  • Cheese
  • Oats cooked in boiled water in the hotel room

Lunch

  • Mashed avocado
  • Bananas
  • Cruskits with Laughing Cow cheese
  • Canned Lentils with tuna
  • Hummus on bread

Dinner

  • Semolina cooked using boiled water in the hotel room with thawed frozen vegetables
  • Couscous cooked using boiled water in the hotel room with thawed frozen vegetables
  • Pasta napolitana when eating out at restaurants

Can anyone give us some more ideas?