Travelling across multiple time zones at once may seem fun, but it has its own consequences. For sure, you get to save time and money by avoiding stopovers and connecting flights. However, quickly travelling across multiple time zones can cause jet lag. For adults, dealing with jet lag can be annoying. However, dealing with this temporary sleeping disorder can be complicated for babies.
The human body has a programme that determines when to be awake and asleep. However, when you cross the world at several time zones, this carefully crafted sleep and wake-up schedule is thrown into disarray. Dealing with jet lag in babies is every travelling parents’ nightmare. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to deal with jet lag in babies.
1. Choose Night Flights
This should essentially be the first step for a parent who wants to avoid jet lag in their baby. It is easier to adjust to a new time zone when you get to your destination rested. At night, the lights on the plane are off. Also, it is quieter because most of the people are asleep.
This atmosphere is conducive for your kid to sleep. With the kid asleep, you will also get some time to sleep. You will also have less work keeping the kid entertained during the long flight.
2. Ensure the Baby’s Belly is Full
Starving kids are noisy, and keeping them calm can be hectic. It is almost impossible to keep your young one asleep when they are on an empty stomach. The secret to making them have an easy time transitioning to new time zones is by ensuring they have eaten well.
You can bring snacks or food along or ensure you have access to food during the flight. However, I recommend letting your kids eat at the airport instead of carrying food on board. This way, your kid(s) will not get distracted and will settle down quickly.
3. Recovery Time
Upon arrival, you should give yourself and the baby a few days to adjust. Jet lag can last between 3 days to one week. Jumping straight into the routine you had before can be disastrous.
Upon arrival, let your baby sleep. Do not wake the kid up until they have exhausted their sleep. This will make them quickly adjust to the new routine.
4. Pack Something that Reminds Them of Home
This can be a teddy bear, baby sleepsuits or the kid’s favourite blanket. The familiar smell of the fabric will make the kid calm and comfy away from home. You can also bring familiarity by making that favourite homemade food for your baby.
5. Be on the Lookout for Sleep Cues
Long flights can be tiring. Be on the lookout to notice when your kid exhibits signs of sleepiness – yawning, grumpy, eye rubbing, and fussiness. Put the toddler on one of her favourite baby sleepsuits let her settle down on your lap or the plane’s seat.