Okay, you survived the flight(s) and you’ve made it to your accommodations. From there, the first thing I do is baby-proof. Get all of the hotel crap up and out of reach. I’m talking about remotes, booklets, pens, coasters, and the like. You would be shocked at how quickly your child can swipe those things and they suddenly become the best toys ever. This is followed closely by my second step, which is to unpack all of my daughter’s stuff and get her bath/sleep arrangements ready. Inevitably, I’ve forgotten something and I’d like to know that sooner rather than later, so we can adjust for it.
Other things to consider:
The largest time-zone difference I’ve dealt with thus far is only 3 hours, but as any parent knows, even the 1 hour daylight savings change can wreck your child’s sleep for a few days. If your trip is like the famous George Strait song – I ain’t here for a long time, I’m here for a good time – consider keeping your child(ren) on their home time-zone. Admittedly, this works much better if you are traveling east-bound. Regardless, for a long-weekend-length trip, it’s just not worth the headache of trying to adjust your little one’s sleep pattern.
This rings especially true if you are in a hotel. You don’t need to bring that whole white noise contraption, but believe me you want something to dull the noise of people walking by, elevator dings, and yourself in the bathroom brushing your teeth. I have an app on my phone and iPad called White Noise. I also bring my JBL Flip, since it’s small, has a blue-tooth connection, and can amplify the sound. Pro tip – put whatever device you have linked to your speaker in airplane mode. The last thing you want is to disrupt the perfect din of the white noise with the alert of a new email or text message to break up the sleep party.
Can I just get a collective “EW” to start this off? Hotels use extremely harsh chemicals to wash the tubs and you don’t want your child sitting in that during bath time. When we travel, everyone takes a shower. Depending on your child’s age, this can be fun or scary, so just get ready to have a parent in the shower with your child and it usually alleviates any fears they may have.
Lastly – HAVE FUN! I know that traveling with youngsters can be stressful but try to take a minute to remember you’re there to have a good time!
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