I’m a routine lady and hate breaking it! Was on holiday recently and the routine just completely went out of the window and we paid for it big time by the end. I was getting all the comments under the Sun from the in-laws! I’m sticking to my guns now though. Always sticking to her routine unless it’s a special occasion (I.e. Christmas or her birthday) not worth it otherwise for me! Xx
We keep the bedtime consistent even on holiday and the meal times as well, as no one wants a hungry toddler! But except that during the day we go with the flow, if we're out and about visiting he naps in the buggy or baby carrier.
We did on our first holiday last year when he had not long turned 1, but this year we’re going to go with the flow! Probs routine wise it’ll stay very similar but the timings will change. He’ll jus nap on the go and we will go out for dinner and take the buggy and be ready for a snooze as and when ☺️ mainly becsuse I don’t want to be back in the room for 7 just because it’s his bedtime. I want to enjoy a bit of time with my other half as we’ve worked so hard all year to just sit in 🙈
Some little ones need the routine, as do the parents, so do what works for you and ignore everyone else x
We changed ours slightly to suit the holiday as our restaurant didn't open till 730 for dinner so she went to bed later, woke up later, napped later etc x
We are going away to our families in Hungary next week. We will 100% keep our routine. If someone doesn’t like it well, that’s not my problem. Only exception if we go to the beach, she can nap in the shade there.
I plan my life around my toddlers nap... I'll be under house arrest soon once the newborn starts having regular naps 😅... Thinking I might have to be more flexible with him but I've always prioritised my baby's sleep so I'll cross that bridge when I come to it
If your little one becomes something possessed when they skip a nap or go to bed late then I wouldn't change the routine personally 😂
On holidays I adjust it slightly as we doing more activities so he gets tired more so he always as a nap we just adjust it slightly. Based on time he wake up etc - still as routine I just call it the holiday routine . But in general we have three routines - Monday - Friday , weekends and holiday routines . It never disturb his sleep or anything he still sleeps all night cause he gets his nap. Also on holidays he sleeps longer cause he wakes up earlier as we doing stuff . And we go out for dinner in evenings so take his buggy blanket etc make him comfy if he falls asleep in restaurant but definitely more relaxed xx
It’s whatever makes your lives easier/more enjoyable overall. We try to holiday in ways that can fit things in, but are flexible with bed or nap time for special occasions or activities that don’t come around often. When she was little she would sleep anywhere so we were really flexible, but now she’s older she struggles more so is actually less portable. But she won’t nap for much longer so seems reasonable to me - they will stop napping soon enough!
We keep the routine almost completely - it is impossible to enjoy life if we don’t! 😄 Without naps, our toddler has meltdowns and will be totally wildly unmanageable. We’re lucky that he’ll nap in the pram or car when we’re out but we also plan accordingly so we just got back from a holiday to Crete and had a room with a pool so we could still have fun whilst he napped in his cot. We got room service some evenings so we could get him to bed on time. We also kept to UK time as it was just a week. I don’t think it is OCD, I think it is crazy to disrupt a good routine for the sake of a week away and it would be a nightmare for us if we didn’t stick to it.
Personally no, but we’ve been abroad 3 times with him so far and it’s not affected him as yet and we’ve always come back and he’s got back into his routine pretty much straight away. However if it affected him id be happy to try and stick to his routine too. I think it just depends how it affects your child. We will just let him sleep when he’s tired and go with the flow. We go away next week but I think he’s going through the 2 year regression at the minute where he doesn’t like sleep anyway 🤣