Expert Baby Advice
About Toddler Jetlag

There is always lots of discussion on jet lag in Club Bébé Voyage! There is nothing worse than a long travel day only to arrive at your hotel exhausted and your little one is wide awake. This single idea keeps many families from attempting time-zone hopping trips.

Luckily you found Bébé Voyage. We’ve collected expert and community-sourced advice all in one place to keep you (and your kids) happy and well rested while traveling.

Help Your Toddler Recover From A Long Trip

One of the most frequent questions that come up in Club Bébé Voyage from parents who fly with a baby is how to handle baby jet lag, or just flying across time zones, especially when you have a baby on a sleep schedule (or are trying to get your baby on one!) Indeed the risk of perturbing your baby’s sleep with a new schedule and a new environment, especially if you have put a lot of hard work into finally being able to sleep through the night, is enough to deter any parent from traveling with a baby. But there are plenty of parents who have successfully traveled dealt with baby jet lag. Find out how!

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Any parent who has crossed multiple time zones with their little ones will tell you that baby jet lag might just be the worst part of the trip. Complicating matters more is that they are usually sleeping in an unfamiliar room and their normal daily routine which they have grown accustomed to is suddenly and unexpectedly thrown out the window. For parents, this can be an exhausting and stressful experience at a time when its supposed to be a happy and memorable vacation.

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Eliza Chung and her baby while on holiday. Picture by Johnny Chung

There is nothing more terrifying to a parent than having just fallen asleep after a long flight and waking up to a 2am cry and finding a bright eyed and bushy-tailed child ready to start the day. Almost as terrifying? The total meltdown that will ensue right around early lunch time because your child thinks it should be bedtime. Unfortunately, at this point they don’t care how much you just paid for that tour you’ve been waiting to go on and no amount of lollipop bribery will get you through it.

Hold on though! Before you go and cancel your trip because you are now more stressed than before you visited us, just know that there are actually a ton of ways to help your child (and yourself) through the baby jet lag.

For starters, some children breeze right through the time change and act as if they never left their hometown. If this is your child, great! Keep doing what you are doing, but also read on because as your child changes and grows so might his ability to handle jet lag.

If you happen to be one of the not so lucky ones, fear not. We have a ton of resources available to you to help your child get through the jet lag in the quickest way possible, so you and your family can get back to your trip. We have accumulated expert advice from both sleeping experts, doctors and also good old fashioned mom stories (these are the best!) of how to get them through the jet lag.

First and foremost, you know your child best and how they react to sleep and their bedtime at home. So read through our resources and try the one that you think will work best for you and your child. If it doesn’t seem to be working don’t be afraid to try a different tactic. We can’t guarantee that these will all work perfectly the first night, but what we can guarantee you is that once your family is over the jet lag, you will have a trip you will talk about for years to come. So don’t let the fear of baby jet lag keep you from traveling, you just might realize that those early morning wake up calls or those late night walks around the city when they can’t sleep are some of the most memorable of the entire trip. Sometimes the most beautiful memories come from the most unexpected moments! So read on and enjoy your trip!

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Patricia Forman's baby Dean napping on the go at Yosemite

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