Jet Lag with Kids

Jet Lag with Kids

Julia Cho
Jul 15, 2009

Pretty much from day one as a new parent, you've got sleep on your mind. But if you really want to make things interesting, leave home and cross over a few different time zones with a baby or a toddler. If your outings or adventures have the potential for some major jet lag, the Jet Lag Survival Guide for Parents's a great place to start...

With a trip to Asia staring us in the face sometime in the near future and a soon to be toddler, we've been wondering how we'd manage when the jet lag knocked us out during our last pre-baby visit.

The good news is there are ways to make it more manageable, and you don't have to stop traveling.

These tips come from the folks over at Delicious Baby, an all around great resource for traveling with kids.

Here are the first few tips:

• For time differences of three hours or less, consider keeping yourself and your baby or child on home time. Hotel blackout curtains help with this! Over the course of a week or more, everyone will probably adjust to local time naturally but there's no need to rush things.
• As with grownups, the thing that most helps babies and kids adjust to the time change is the sunlight. Get everyone up first thing in the morning, try to get them as much daylight as possible, and attempt to have them outside at dusk as well. During night time, try to keep the lights out and the blackout drapes closed.
• Offer your child food at local mealtimes (and in general try to fill them up during the day so that they're not hungry at night). Try to choose healthy, filling options, junk foods will only make the problem worse.

Visit Delicious Baby for the rest of the guide including separate tips for babies and toddlers specifically.

And please...share your own tips and experiences with jet lag with us in the comments!

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