5 Steps to Battling Jet Lag in Kids GIVEAWAY

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Hello everybody.  So week two for our family here in Spain, and we’re finally getting into a rhythm.  Last week came with its inevitable ups and downs, most of the downs being related to jet lag.  My kids were jet lagged and I was also.  Having made the trip from the U.S. to Europe with five children on my own now several times, here are my tried and true tips for battling jet lag.

Have you traveled abroad and experienced jet lag?  How long does jet lag last for your family?  Comment below with your tips and enter to win 4 of my families favorite sleep masks!

5 Steps to Battling Jet Lag in Kids GIVEAWAY

How to Beat Jet Lag

  1. As much sleep as possible on the plane.  Usually plane trips to Europe take place at night offering you at least a few hours for some sleep.  Sleeping on planes is not easy because the seats are small and the lights stay on late and go on early!  That being said, I try to feed my kids dinner before we are on the plane, limit them to one movie, and put on sleep masks.  Getting them comfortable is no easy task and you have to try different things.  Put your kid in the window seat if you have one and settle them on a pillow against the wall of the plane.  If you’re kids are willing, have one child settle on the other to get into a more comfortable position for sleep.
  2. Start your day!  If arriving in Europe, start getting on a regular schedule right away.  A cat nap in a transfer bus or car is fine, but I would avoid putting my kids down to sleep for a long siesta on arriving.  Why?  It will be impossible for them to wake up, and you won’t be able to get them to bed on time that night.  So rather than just dealing with the symptoms of jet lag for one day or two, you can be throwing the whole family of schedule for many days.  I’ve seen kids get off schedule due to jet lag for as long as two weeks.  This is really something you want to avoid!  The best cure for jet lag is a normal schedule in the new time zone from the get go.
  3. Normal bedtime.  From Day One, put your kids down at a normal time, aiming for the early side.  If you’re kids normally go to bed at 8, aim for 7.  You get the idea.  DO NOT let them fall asleep at 5pm, because if you do this, they’ll be up on Day Two at 5 a.m. You’ll be exhausted, and then they’ll want to go down for the night at 5 p.m.  You get the picture.
  4. Stick to a Regular Schedule.  Day Two, wake your kids up when they need to get up, and put them to bed when they need to go to bed.  They will be tired, so waking them up might be challenging, but do it.  Get them dressed and get out of the house.  The best way to battle jet lag is to keep your kids out and about.  Watching a movie at home will put them to sleep and get them off schedule.
  5. Be easy on yourself.  You just took a huge trip, and everything is new.  Even the water!  You’re dealing with tired kids, a new and strange environment, different food, and many other curve-balls.  Breathe deeply and stay calm.  And if you do lose your patience, just forgive yourself.  I remember my mother taking me and my siblings to Sweden, and crying upon arrival.   If you’re late for something, so be it.  Just do your best to get into a routine, and with each passing day, you will be more accustomed to the new place and the new time zone.

So those are my tips for battling jet lag symptoms in kids.  Watch my video for more information and for a real heart-to-heart of some low moments I experienced as a mom.  Enter our giveaway below to win 4 awesome sleep masks that will help your family travel plus a $50 Amazon gift card. And thank you so much for reading CloudMom!

Happy beginning of summer.

Melissa xx

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5 Steps to Battling Jet Lag in Kids GIVEAWAY

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  • Kay Saunders

    I have never traveled abroad but i really want to some day!! The furthest iv’e gone was from Utah to Florida about 6 years ago and that wasn’t too bad.

    • Hope you get to, Kay! Thanks for reading!

  • Ashley Bree Perez

    I have never traveled abroad either. (: would love this!

  • onyiakpanisi

    I plan to travel with my 2 year old abroad this year. Hopefully, this will help us. Thanks

  • Lisa Brown

    I hate jet lag. Your tips above are helpful.

  • Julie Wood

    Thanks for the tips on jet lag. Very informative video, and wearing eye masks really helps to block out the light, and I hope you are having fun with the kids! Thanks for another awesome giveaway!

  • Julie Waldron

    I’ve traveled to Europe in 1987 when I was 17. My husband & I went to Alaska last August. we flew on the red eye from Minneapolis but I didn’t get jetlag

  • Nerissa Morgan

    I am originally from South Africa and moved to the USA 4 years ago. When I got here, I struggled with jetlag for weeks. The 8 hour time difference got me good. It took me a whole to realise I needed to occupy myself so as not to fall asleep during the day, so I could sleep at night. My husband didn’t struggle as much as I did. When I went back to SA for a visit after 2 years, I had zero jetlag until I got back. Weird.

  • Betsy R Barnes

    I have not traveled abroad, however, we did travel to Jamaica many years ago and I did experience a little jet lag. I think it was mostly because I got a really bad cold and it wore me down. 🙂

  • Vivian Sun

    I have experienced Jet Lag and it lasts for about a week. I was traveling to Asia and did not have kids back then so I can imagine how hard it can be for kids. The best advice is to try to get on the schedule with the local time as soon as possible.

    • Great advice! Thanks for sharing!

  • shellypeterson

    Thanks for the great information!

  • Tammy Iler

    Thanks for the Chance

  • calmond

    Good tips–jet lag can be really tough….especially when traveling with kids!

  • Dana Matthews

    Great advice! Kids and traveling is very tiresome. Nice giveaway!

  • donna porter

    Great tips…Thanks

  • Colleen Boudreau

    Thank you! 🙂

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  • Kimberly Flickinger

    Excellent advice. Thank you for the chance.

  • cynthiac

    I know that trips with kids can be a challenge and jet lag can add to the stress. Your tips are good ones.

    • Thanks! Appreciate you reading! 🙂

  • mommyto2girlz

    Sounds like great tips! I’m not sure we will ever be flying (deathly afraid) but will keep them in mind.

  • kelly light

    great video, awesome tips

  • Michael Howell

    Awesome tips. Thanks!

  • Susan Smith

    Great tips! Thanks

  • I only had jet lag once, but I need tips for the future! Thank you!

    • Hope they help you! Thanks for reading!

  • Beth Hern

    Awesome and great tips. Thanks

  • Matthew Clarkson

    This is great!

  • Brandon Sparks

    Such a great Giveaway. Thanks for the chance..

  • Robin

    You are SO generous with your giveaways! Thanks so much! <3

    • Thanks for entering! Good luck! <3

  • Betty Curran

    Those were some great tips not only for children but for adults as well.

  • Some good tips, thanks for sharing & the giveaway.

  • steve weber

    Jet lag is the worst! thanks for the great tips

    • Yep – not very fun. Thanks for reading!

  • aekz2

    I haven’t had a long flight with my children yet, but we’re planning on taking an overseas trip in the next few years. Thanks for the advice.

    • Happy to help! I have a few more posts on this topic, so be sure to check those out if you want to! 🙂