Vacation Time Change and Sleep Schedule

Updated on July 03, 2011
J.P. asks from Castle Rock, CO
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Hi Momma's,
We are going from Mountain Time zone to Eastern Time zone for 10 days in a few weeks. I was wondering what all of you out there do about your kids sleep schedules? Do you keep them on their regular time zone (which means we'll lose most of the morning and stay up late) or do you try and change to the new schedule (meaning when you come home you go to bed extra early and up extra early) or do you try to find a happy medium in between? My kids have historically gotten pretty messed up when we go on vacation (refusing naps and having trouble falling asleep in a strange place) and I want to avoid sleep-deprived tantrums and sickness as much as possible. So what do you do?
Thanks for your input!!

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answers from Colorado Springs on

We've done this alot, and the thing I usually "plan" to do doesn't happen, lol! In general, I do let my little ones stay up later when we are visiting family anyway, because they want to stay up with their older cousins. So, according to their little bodies, they are usually going to bed at the "regular time". Our problem is that they often don't sleep any later in the morning, usually because it's light out, or they hear other people up. What I've needed to do and plan to do on our trip in a few weeks, is to make sure that at least every other day, my kids have quite, downtime, if not a nap in the afternoon. Cuz we always have meltdowns. My older kids are 3 & 5 and they will be having quiet book ready time either on their own or with me as many afternoons as I can swing it. My baby is young enough where he'll sleep whenever and wherever he wants anyway! Good luck!

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answers from Denver on

Every time we travel it is hard to keep on a good sleep schedule and get kids to fall asleep without their normal routine. Usually when we travel from Denver to the Eastern time zone, we keep the kids on mountain time so the kids go to bed at 9 or 9:30. Since they usually are up at 6, we don't feel like they lose too much of the morning. Will your kids sleep in the car? My trick is to plan longer car rides around nap time since my kids will always sleep in the car if they are tired. Good luck!

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answers from Denver on

We go back East from Denver regularly, and I always keep my kids on Mountain Time - since they are usually up between 6:30 and 8, that's just 8:30 back East - not too late. Then they go to bed 10 pm, which matches their 8 pm bedtime at home.

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answers from Denver on

We travel a lot and we just live life where we are, but build required rest times in. Preferably sleeping, although, usually not. We just find that coming home is usually harder because we don't have all the excitement to wear them out anymore. GL! Have fun!

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answers from Pittsburgh on

I've always been O. for the old "push through the tiredness the first day until complete exhaustion kicks in & they pass out that night, then they'll sleep later that next morning and basically be back on schedule" theory of dealing with vacation/timechange/etc. Good luck!

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answers from Albuquerque on

We just did this exact same thing- ten days on the East Coast. We stuck more or less to our same schedule and didn't change for the time zone. So my four years olds went to bed at 9:30 and woke up at 9 instead of 7:30 to 7. Theyre at the age where they rarely nap, but I still tried while on vacation and they napped twice during the two week trip. The other days nap became a one gour quiet time in the bedroom.

Good luck!

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