Heading on an adventure with the teeny traveller? Worried about how the difference in time will impact bub’s sleep patterns and mood? Time zone travel with baby is a common concern for all parents and rightfully so, especially if you’ve just sorted out a great routine that’s working for your tot.
Below are a few things to bring on board when getting baby used to a different time zone:
1. Start before you go
You may want to get bub into the habit of going to bed an hour earlier or later (depending on where you’re travelling) to help adapt to the change.
2. Plan a day of relaxation on arrival
Give yourself (and your tot) a day to rest before hitting the scheduled activities. Plan a hotel or a pool day, for example. This will allow him to sleep when he needs and hopefully get used to the new environment without feeling too overwhelmed.
3. Aim to keep the same sleep schedule as home
If baby has three day sleeps, try to keep this the same, even though the actual time slots will differ.
4. Change your meal times straight away
Although changing baby’s bedtime won’t happen overnight, changing meal times can. Once you’ve arrived, get on the destination’s regular eating times.
5. Embrace the new temporary routine
Try not to stress too much about the time. Instead, look for the positives. Sure, bub may be bright eyed and bushy tailed at 4am, but, hey, at least you get to watch the sunrise in a new location. You’re on holidays – the lack of routine is all part of the fun!