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Toddlers, travel and timezones

Thankfully this has only happened a couple of times because travelling long distances with my toddler is a far from restful experience. But I’ve found myself in different timezones with a fractious toddler in tow. They’re not only cranky at being out of their usual bed and bathtime routine but they are on a completely different bodyclock as well.

Adjusting to daylight saving is a similar problem, but the thing is once the adjustment is made you know it will last for at least a few months. But coping in a different timezone when its only for a week at most and then having to change back once you get home is a whole different story.

I found myself with a little one in tow at a family funeral. I was exhausted from the journey, grieving for the loss of a loved one and dealing with a toddler who wanted to sleep when they needed to be awake, and to then stay up all night long.

A couple of tips I picked up immediately were to use blackout blinds in the room to try and trick them into thinking it was night-time. My toddler was pretty smart but it helped a bit.
In addition, any offers of help were gratefully received and I snatched some sleep on the occasions they were scooped up by an adoring auntie or uncle to go and have a play.

Once we made the long plane journey home ( I honestly don’t think the plane could have gone any slower on that occasion) I immediately made sure he went straight back into his usual routine. I stood firm in the face of his tantrums and crankiness and persevered. I offered lots of cuddles but made the ground rules clear. We were home and the usual rules still applied. It took about a week until order and routine was restored.

How have you coped with travel, toddlers and timezones?

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Avatar SarahBlogger

Travelling with toddlers is a challenge itself, but staying in a different timezone? Sarah looks at this problem.

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Posted 04 July 2011 - 03:09 AM

Avatar Angela-75

Honestly I am still too scared to travel long distance with my toddler. Every time we look at booking an overseas trip I just stare at the flying hours and the time of flying and cannot get my head around how it all works… It really doesn’t sound very relaxing and I am yet to meet a Mum how hasn’t said it was the worst experience! Meanwhile I getting to know more of Australia and think I will keep it at that for another 2 years or so smile


Posted 20 September 2011 - 12:06 AM

Avatar jeanetteandbub

My tip - fly when they are little enough to not be mobile but big enough that they can enjoy their holiday. I took a 7 month old to the Uk and he adjusted very quickly to the new timezone. I am so glad I took him at that age....

Posted 20 September 2011 - 10:50 PM

Avatar Aleksandraboyarchuk77

I have 2 children aged 8 and 4 who are both early to bed early to rise people. Last time we were in the US we had a bit of a hard time getting them used to the 5 hour time difference. I read on travel forums that some parents try to get their kids a bit used to it before they leave.

Has anyone else tried this?

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