Sunday, December 30, 2012

How to Manage a Baby's Sleep Needs when Travelling

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Babies' and children's sleep is often difficult to handle when travelling. This article provides advice[1] on ensuring that sleeping needs continue to be met despite the changes brought on by travel.


Journeys by car
  1. Expect the motion to assist you. If your baby is like most babies and tends to be lulled to sleep with motion, then they will doze on and off during any journey. Of course, if you have travelled during the day, this excessive sleep can affect their ability to settle down and sleep at night, once you have reached your destination. Settling can be further affected by the fact that the sleeping environment will be different to home.
    • There are two possible solutions to this challenge:
    1. Travel during the night.
    2. Put your baby to bed much later than usual, and only do so when you see signs of tiredness.
Airline Travel
  1. Plan in advance. If you are intending to travel by plane or if you are going to a country which has a significant time difference, it is worth planning ahead, so that you can minimize any disruption to your baby's, and your, sleep.
  2. Prepare for the flight. In preparation for the flight, if possible:
    • Reserve a bassinet, or find out the policy on taking baby car seats on board.
  3. If necessary, take an infant painkiller with you. Fresh unopened sachets are easier to use and pre-measured for convenience. It's wise to get a doctor's note giving you permission to take it on the plane.
  4. Try apple rings. If your baby is old enough (4 months plus) buy some dried organic apple rings. Hook one onto their thumb which will prevent boredom by allowing sucking and chewing. This will also help with ear pressure changes. Alternatively, use a dummy or pacifier.
  5. Dress your baby in a simple one piece soft suit with popper fastenings and take two or three more with you for the journey.
  6. Have a good baby bag in tow. A light, roomy bag with lots of compartments will help you feel organized and in control.
  7. Check in as early as you can, and don't be afraid to ask if there are any spare seats.
  8. As soon as you can after take off, offer your baby a drink. This will help to ease the pressure in their ears, as well as preventing dehydration.
  9. Allow your baby to sleep as much as they like on the plane. Regardless of the time difference, feed at the usual times as far as possible. If you need a bottle to be warmed, ask well in advance.
  10. Keep your baby entertained. When awake, walking up and down will help, also, pointing out things in a suitable in-flight film and allowing them to play with a few safe objects. Don't bother packing too many toys though; your baby will soon get bored with them!
Arriving at your Destination
  1. Allow for familiarisation time. Once at your destination, if awake, allow time for your baby to familiarise themselves with the new surroundings. Do not allow another (especially unfamiliar) family member to put them to bed on her first night – no matter how tempting that might be.
  2. Try to go to bed at the same time as your baby. If you are travelling with your partner, it is a good idea to organize yourselves into shifts to deal with the night, or very early morning waking, which is so common when you change time zones.
Keeping things Familiar
  1. When your baby is in an unfamiliar place, you can help them to feel safe and secure by following the same bedtime routine as you do at home.
  2. Sing the same night time songs and keep to your familiar bedtime stories.
  3. Don't forget to bring along a favourite toy – especially one that your baby associates with sleep.
The Next Day
  1. Start early! If necessary, one of you should get up and start the day much earlier than usual with your baby as they begin to adjust to the time difference. This is better than bringing them into your bed. Remember that if your baby's sleep is disturbed, the chances are that yours will be too!
  2. Allow for sleeping in. On the following day, allow plenty of sleeping during the early part of the day, this nap may be far longer than usual. Then restrict afternoon napping and put them to bed closer to local “bed time”.
  3. Remember that babies are far more flexible than adults when it comes to adjusting to a different time zone. Try following your baby's lead and soon you will all have adapted to the time change.


Video demonstration of Andrea Grace providing advice on travelling with a baby.

Things You'll Need

  • Good bag with many compartments
  • Travel cot/crib
  • Folding pram/stroller
  • Food, drink
  • Toys
  • Clothing
  • Medical needs/note
  • Bottle (if using)
  • Nappies/diapers
  • Ear plugs

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Sources and Citations

  1. Initially shared by sleep specialist, Andrea Grace
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Monday, September 10, 2012

Positive Parenting Tip Of The Day...

Tip: Rather than always getting upset at your child(ren). Look at the more positive side of things, than the negative side of things...  The Number #1 thing is : Talk to your child(ren) not at them... Don't slip into this bad habit.
This one word alone is something that I struggle with still to this day. Which I have noticed over the years, that I'm not alone: (Don't)
  •  Don't do that! 
  •  Don't forget to make your bed. 
  •  Don't forget to clean your room. 
  •  Don't Run. Walk! 
  •  Don't use that tone with me!

When you use a positive word(s). You will be pleasantly surprise of the out come. 
Positive word(s): (Please), (Thank You), (Appreciate) just to name a few.
  •  Please don't do that. 
  •  Please make your bed. 
  •  Please clean your room. 
  •  I would really appreciate. If you would make the right choice, and not run. But walk. 
  •  Let me ask you. Are you making the right choice by using that tone with me?

Now keep in mind; once you have decided that you are going to make this change. You can't just do this once or twice. You need to stay consistent , meaning  it will be a work in progress. Don't give up... 

Monday, October 10, 2011

Car Seat Safety Tip Of The Day...

Not all car seats are installed properly.
Do you have your baby or toddlers car seat installed correctly?

We here at Woman and Mom recommend you get a installation inspection. Find a Child Safety Seat Inspection Station nearest you.

Parents keep in mind that your child(ren) need to be in a car or booster seat until they are 8 years of age or 4’ 9”.

Let’s make sure our child(ren) are safe. Happy Driving!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Sibling Rivalry...

Do you have sibling rivalry going on in your daily lives between your children? Why can’t they just get along? Does it seem that they are jealous, or trying to compete for your attention?

Sibling Rivalry happens in some cases right after the second child is born, and it very well might continue throughout their childhood. Don’t be alarmed, you can work through this.

Your children are trying to find his or her own voice, and if they feel their voice is not being heard; because of the other sibling; then it can turn into a rivalry.

Parents try to give each child your undivided attention: Try to give your child their own special day, or their own special time. Your child wants to share with you their own special talents and success that they have done.

Just remember you don’t ever want to label them; don’t play favorites. You love them both equally, you need to always keep in mind that they need to know how much you do.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

What’s lurking around the young ones?

How clean is your kitchen? Ask yourself that question.

When prepping for any meal always keep all your foods separated for avoiding cross contamination of bacteria’s. Wash your hands and keep your countertops sanitized; and always cook at the proper temperatures.

Here is a list of bacteria’s that can be lurking in your kitchen; if your kitchen is not sanitized properly:


Unpasteurized juice and cider

Lettuce and sprouts

Raw milk cheese

Undercooked hamburger


Egg and Chicken



Fresh Produce


Leafy Vegetables Contaminated w/Manure

Raw Milk

Raw Meat

Soft Cheese

Deli Meats


Hot Dogs

Keep your family safe from bacteria. Don’t let the bacteria’s live and spread on your surfaces in your kitchen. These kinds of bacteria’s can become very hazardous to your families health.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Snacks, Snacks, and More Snacks...

Does your child(ren) keep coming to you, telling you they want more to eat? Even though you just got done cleaning up from making breakfast, lunch, or dinner? This is called, “grazing” in other words snacks, snacks, and more snacks. Try to create a healthy grazing/snack pattern throughout their day. Try to give your child(ren) snacks that are high in protein and low in sugar; this will help to stretch out their energy. The reason you should stay away from foods and drinks that contain a high amount of sugar in them; is because your child(ren) can get a boost from the sugar of course meaning a (sugar high), and then next thing you know they crash...

Example: Snack Foods That Have Protein

Peanut Butter

Just to name a few...

Be creative, before preparing the snacks. Get some cute little cookie cutters. Make your snacks into cute little kid friendly shapes; have your child(ren) depending on how old they are become mommies little helper, and have them help you prepare the snacks; “get them involved.” After all is prepared, make a picnic on the floor or in your own backyard

Happy Snacking...

Friday, December 31, 2010

Family Movie Night...

Parents come together as a family and make it a movie night. What I mean by movie night; I don’t mean take your children out to the movies once a week, that can become very pricey very quickly. Make it a movie night at home, make that be your special time to spend with your children. Pick out a movie that everyone will enjoy from your local movie rental store what ever is easiest for you. It’s really nice when you do this once a week , and try to make it the same time each week. Put a blanket down on the floor right in front of the TV. Have the children help you pop some popcorn and get some drinks, and don’t forget to silence your cellphones before the movie starts. This is a budget friendly thing that you can do as a family.

One thing is for sure your children will always remember family movie night. You want your children to remember those special times that they spent with their parents. So make it special and fun for the whole family.