If the thought of traveling to a new time zone with a baby in tow sounds like hell, you're probably right. Switching up much-fought-for sleep routines for the sake of a vacation that may end up being way more hectic than life at home doesn't sound that appealing. But with these baby jet lag hacks, you and your family should be able to sync up to a totally different timezone in a matter of days.
You can conquer baby jet lag by keeping your little one hydrated, fed on a strict schedule, and starting to adjust her sleep schedule before you even hit the airport. "Traveling across time zones disrupts your sleeping, waking, and eating cycles. Any trip you take with more than a two-hour time change forces your body to adjust to a new schedule," explained Baby Center. However, one of the fastest ways to get adjusted to a new time zone, whether you're a baby or an adult, is to jump to the new time zone's routine as soon as you can. That means if you take a red-eye flight and miss a night's sleep, the first day could be pretty miserable. However, if you can manage to rally on that first day and stick to a strict schedule for your baby, you can *fingers-crossed* salvage the rest of your vacation. Everyone will adjust more quickly to the new time zone after that first day, than if you give in and let your baby take a five-hour nap in the middle of the day.
Here are a few more tips for getting your little one over their jet lag ASAP.