Hi everyone, in a few months we are heading to the other side of the world with our baby (who will be 15 months at the time). I am after tips for long haul fights and how to adjust to the different time zones! I am worried about her routine and that its going to turn her into a terrible sleeper etc! Thank you! From a anxious mumma.

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  • Oh dear, I wouldn’t want to be you. It’s doable, but will take time and patience. Good luck

  • Pack her fave toys and snacks. Let her wander around the airport before boarding to tire her out and hopefully she will sleep well on the plane. Also, ear muffs are very helpfull for take off/ landing and even while sleeping. Reduces the noise. Best of luck!

  • Snacks. Snacks and more snacks

  • You’ll work it out. Kids are very adaptable

  • My brother and his ex did a round the world trip twice with their boys at young ages. Try to book flights so you arrive in the afternoon or early evening, so you can give bub dinner and put down for sleep like a normal day. It’ll help all of you to adjust quicker to the new time zone. Having flown with a toddler ourselves, be prepared with lots of snacks in flight and to let little one have screentime, whether that’s games or watching their fave cartoons. You should be able to get up and walk bub around for a bit too. Some airlines have a space where on the plane where you can grab yourself a drink and move around with kids. So check if that’s available with your airline.

  • Don’t stress. Just go with the flow, they’ll adapt in a few days. I traveled with a 1 year old and a 3 year old. It wasn’t easy but now that I look back, it was a great adventure. Just play with her as much as possible, sleep when she sleeps, lots of NEW toys and activities you can take out gradually to surprise her and to keep her busy. Here’s a photo of my 1 year old, jet lagged and eating crackers and playing with her new etch a sketch at 2am lol. No big deal. The routine can wait

  • Relax and have fun too, health and well being is essential.

  • We always keep to routines, get plenty of rest, stay nourished and hydrated; taking care of basics is key.

  • Pick the right flight and time.
    Maximize your chances of getting an extra seat.
    Bring electronics
    Bring non-electronic entertainment to keep little fingers busy.
    Bring a wide variety of snacks.
    Walk the aisle.
    Pack a baby carrier.
    Don’t stress the nap.

  • It takes a few days for them to adjust to new routine both when going and returning..doesnt turn them into terrible sleepers. The sleeping habits stay pretty much the same. Thats what i experienced with my 2 boys when they were little. But, i always made sure even when overseas to put them to bed at their usual time and avoid late evening or night invites.

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