How do you get a 3-year-old over jet lag?

Niki - posted on 07/12/2011 ( 1 mom has responded )

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Hi everyone. We so need your help. We have been home from our vacation for almost a month now but our 3 year old daughter is still dealing with jet lag. (Before the trip she would sleep 10-11 hours a night and take a nap that was anywhere from 1 1/2-3hours). The time difference was 5 hours. She is so overtired, we need help. Since she is so ROUTINE orientated we put her to bed at the same time for both naps and bedtime. Help!!!!!! I am so sick and tired of people saying to us.... "really! She hasn't adjusted yet. Wow, that is weird, most kids don't have a problem for this long". Grrrrrrrrr!!!! HELP!

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Krista - posted on 07/12/2011

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It takes an adult one day for every hour difference to get over time differences. We can expect our children to take longer to adjust. Going back and forth between an 8hr difference when my bigger boy was 3 was extremely difficult and it took him a good month to adjust both ways. Wearing him out with some outdoor activities when he was in a good mood so that he could sleep naturally helped. Lots of patience and just letting him sleep and rest with a quiet non-mind or body taxing activity also helped...new crafts, stories...a walk around the block. I saw he felt very frustrated with his body's need for rest and fought it more than normal. It took a long time to just put it behind us and establish a new routine that didn't involve feeling sorry for our selves because we were so worn out from our travels. Best of luck!

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