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!