Jet lag isn’t fun for anyone. There are no magic tricks or tips that can carry you 100% through it. Adjustment can vary on your child’s age and how far you travel. A trip to China will affect your child much differently than a trip across the country.
We all experience some form of jet lag and what it takes for us to recover. I need loads of fresh fruit for major time shifts, Mike needs coffee and Dek needs milk. It’s just a matter of figuring out what works for you. Keep life simple when necessary and keep telling yourself that it is all worth it in the end. Because it really is.
In general, I’ve found that jet lag can last from 3 to 14 days depending on where we go. Arriving at our destination may only take a few days adjustment, but coming home can be much more tricky. Every trip I learn something new and experience a new way of handling all of our jet lag.
Here are just a few posts that tackle the monster that is jet lag.
Need more great child jet lag tips? Check out these articles by fellow traveling family blogs:
- Tips for Surviving Jet Lag (Suitcases and Sippy Cups)- get your trip off to the right start as soon as you get on the plane.
- Jetlag and Babies, Toddlers and Kids (Delicious Baby)- tips on how to cope, especially after you return home
- Simple Tips for Dealing With Jet Lag and Babies (Baby Loves to Travel)- tips on adjusting to a new time zone
- Overcoming Jetlag with Young Children (Trekaroo)-tips on adjusting to a new time zone
- Coping with time changes and jet lag in babies and young children (Have Baby Will Travel)- tips on keeping your child on your local time when traveling
- Ten Tips for Tackling Jet Lag in Children (Flashpacker Family)- tips on when to travel and how to help your child adjust to a new time zone.
- Whenever possible, do not go back to work the next day. Mike and I have both done this countless times coming back from Asia and Europe. It hurts. Yes, it is one more vacation day you might have to take, but it will be worth it. Your body, mind and kid will thank you.
- Pace yourself. Whether you are coming or going, it will take a few days for everyone to settle in. Don’t plan huge events the day you arrive at your destination or at home, or even the day after. No one will have a good time. Grab that cappuccino at the cute cafe down the street. Call it a movie day when you are home so everyone can veg. You are still all together and experiencing something new (or familiar if you are at home.)
- Be patient. This is a hard one and not something I am good at. I want my beautiful baby, who just had a blast on our trip, to wake up at home refreshed and back on schedule. It won’t happen. Hang in there though. They will get back on schedule and sleep as well as they did before you left before you know it.
written by Keryn Means