Ever wonder how you can travel across time zones with your baby and still enjoy the holidays? The research-based Millette Method provides the following travels tips for a restful holiday.
The Millette Method ™ takes into account family schedule, child development, and parenting style. If focuses on minimizing sleep deprivation as well parental depression and anxiety. It uses many sleep methods and sleep arrangements.
Travel Tips for Changing Time Zones
• If traveling west to east, and staying for five days or less, keep your infant/child on the same time zone. For a trip to New York, put your child to bed at 10pm (7pm PST). Then he or she will sleep later in the morning until perhaps 9am (6am PST).
You may need to darken the room since the morning light may wake up your baby or child early.
• If traveling west to east, and staying more than five days, move your infant/child to the new time zone. Your child’s body (circadian rhythms) will naturally adjust from the sunlight.
• If traveling east to west, it may be more difficult because your child will wake up earlier. The first full day in your new destination, try your best to stretch out your child’s naps and push out bedtime. Do this each day that you are there, and after a few days your child will adjust.
For Dr. Hartman’s advice to parents for preparing for a trip, read Sixty Second Parent’s article Baby Travel Tips: Preparing to Leave.
For Dr. Hartman’s advice to parents while on a trip, read Sixty Second Parent’s article Baby Travel Tips: While Out of Town.