Do babies get jet lag and how can I avoid it?
Yes! Babies can get jetlag. Actually, they are just as likely as adults to experience it. If you’re staying only a short time (one to three days), then do your best to have your little one stay on your home schedule. If you are staying away for a longer period of time, you may have to do some adjusting. To help your little one, try traveling during the day during the times that they are typically awake – preferably ones that allow you to land late in the afternoon or early evening. Also, give them about one day to adjust per one hour of time difference. So, if you are traveling from New York to California, give them about three days to adjust to that three hour time difference. Be sure, too, to wake your little one at her regular wake time and keep naps on schedule. Expose her to daylight will also help her to reset her body clock. There are several jetlag calculators online to help you figure out when the best time is to expose your little one to daylight depending on where you’re traveling. Good luck!About Dr. A.J. Schwichtenberg