Intercontinental Travel. Difficulty Level: 1 Year Old Baby
January 9, 2014 11:11 AM Subscribe
As my BIL is going to get married in late June in Israel, we've started to consider how myself, my husband and son can all attend with the least amount of hassle. Is it even possible? Baby snowflakes within.
posted by Kitty Stardust to Travel & Transportation (21 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
The wedding will be in late June 2014. We would likely also be traveling with my MIL who lives in the same state we do. Baby Stardust will just have turned 1 year. The flight time will probably be at least 8 hours, not counting any layovers or connecting flights, which we will surely have.
Now, we've never had much success getting Baby to sleep anywhere but in his crib at home. He rarely naps when he goes to the sitter. I was thinking it might be easier on us to attempt this flight overnight so he'll sleep through most of it, but I have no idea if he can even sleep on a plane. He doesn't sleep much in cars seats or in his stroller, plus new environments really throw off his schedule, so it's possible he'll be up and cranky.
Add to this the time changes once we arrive screwing up the sleep situation even worse. Unfortunately, Baby isn't one of those babies that can just shut down regardless of noise and environment when he gets tired. No, he cries quite forcefully until we can get him into an appropriate sleeping environment.
Parents with experience in this, are there things we can do to make this go a little more smoothly? Should I start trying to encourage him to take naps differently (different room in our house, different light levels) so that he will be better able to sleep in other environments?
Alternatively, it is an option for me to just stay home with Baby while husband and MIL attend, but it's not anyone's first choice. I enjoy the company of BIL and his fiance, so I'd like to be there, I just wonder if it will be best for the needs of the many for husband and I to be there in cranky-baby-zombie form.