Get Over the Jet Lag
It generally takes three or four days for babies to adjust to a new time zone so plan your trip and any excursions with this in mind… and take on board these tips to make the changeover as easy as possible.
1. Don’t worry about baby sleeping too much on the plane as your best start is not to arrive at your destination over-tired.
2. For places where the time difference is only two or three hours, you can try keeping baby on home time at first and adjusting slowly. Unless you are heading east, this means putting him to bed later and waking later in the morning. Heavy curtains are essential so check with your hotel or take blackouts with you.
3. If you are breast feeding, keep yourself well-hydrated so your milk supply stays constant as your own body adjusts to the new schedule.
4. Don’t add to the confusion; keep nap-time and bedtime rituals as close as possible to the ones you use at home.
5. If you have a toddler, encourage lots of physical activity such as walking and playing in the sand or pool (supervised of course!). There’s nothing like a tired little body to ensure a good night’s sleep.