Tips for Holidays
I go on holiday in a few days so thought I would share my thoughts on time changes and jet lag…
Time changes and jet lag
- When it comes to surviving the plane ride, the best piece of advice I ever got about travelling with kids is just to ACCEPT the fact that you’re travelling with kids! So plan ahead and bring as many things that you can think of to keep your child occupied and comfortable. If you have to resort to “old ways” to get your child to settle down, then do so. Just know that as soon as you land, its back to the plan!
- Well-rested children handle jet lag much better than sleep-deprived adults. If your baby/toddler has had a great schedule leading up to the trip, he should slide into the new time zone without too much trouble. It is best to adjust to the new time zone as quickly as you can.
- If you really feel like your child needs an extra nap to catch up a bit, try to limit it to 45 minutes. Try not to let him nap too close to bedtime. If it’s a choice between a strangely timed dinner-hour nap or an earlier bedtime, I suggest you go with the slightly earlier bedtime.
- Sunlight is a useful tool in helping both you and your child adjust to the new time zone, since light is the most powerful time cue our bodies have. Try to plan meals and socialising around the new time zone as well, and get an hour or two of fresh air in the early afternoon.
- Make sure you do just the opposite when evening rolls around. Use the blackout blinds, and keep light to a minimum a couple of hours before you want your child to go to bed. This will help stimulate melatonin production, making him sleeper.