As a parent you want you holiday to go as smoothly as possible and for yourself to have some down time and lots of fun together, but flying with children to a new time zone can really leave you and your baby sleep routines completely out of sync. Going abroad is exciting however if you have small children the journey can be a stressful event and something you worry about even before you leave so what can you do to minimize disrupted sleep patterns when you fly to a new time zone? Here are my 10 top tips to keep you sane and your child settled when you arrive at your new destination.
- Do have plenty of breaks to stretch legs and get some fresh air
- Try to plan a journey around your baby’s normal nap time.
- Keep well hydrated ideally with water or milk, avoid fizzy drinks.
- Avoid chocolate on long trips, offer healthy snacks such as raisons, carrot sticks, humous, breadsticks, flap jacks, nothing too sweet/messy.
- Try to book a night flight or around your child’s normal nap time
- Don’t over stimulate, wait before giving out new toys and treats
- Offer new games or colouring books to pass time
- Take a spare pair of clothes in case of sickness or accidents.
- Use a pillowcase to keep everything together or for keeping wet/dirty clothes separate
- Adapt to the new time zone as quickly as possible, which may mean waking your child so that they sleep at night or bring bedtime forward if there is not enough time before sleep and normal bedtimes.
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