So I have to say that I am writing this in somewhat of a zombie state after a very intense night of travelling. (Therefore, apologies in advance for any typos or incoherent writing, I am soooo tired!) Yesterday night we flew back at night from the Netherlands to Spain and since our car was still in Valencia we also had a 3hour drive after the flight. So double challenge, the flight was not only way past his bedtime but after surviving that one and arriving around midnight we still had a fun little road trip to go.
We have travelled a lot with the bichin already (but, mostly during the day!) and since that always went really well we kind of considered ourselves baby travel pros. Yeah, big mistake, we were so naïve. So instead of giving you my trips & tricks for how to survive night travel, I rather give you my 4 biggest learning points from last night on what NOT TO DO.
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1. Do not believe you need to be any less prepared for this travel
because it´s during the night so he will be tired and sleep the whole time. Yes, he will be tired, but there´s also such a thing as too tired to sleep and that´s where the fun starts. So you will still need your full preparation of toys, snacks and books to be able to entertain him.
2. Do not think you can be efficient by combining his diaper change with your visit to the toilet.
. Believe me, it´s impossible in a plane! First of all, that thing that they call a changing table is actually more of a wooden shelf where he can roll off quite easily during sudden movement of the plane. Second, this shelf is placed right on top of the toilet so you will break your back if you try to fold yourself under that changing table to pee and also raise an arm somewhere to avoid him rolling off the shelf. This obviously did not work…
3. Do not assume that he will not poop just because he usually doesn´t poop during the night
and you already had a small disaster earlier that day resulting in a last minute laundry right before leaving for the airport. Murphy´s Law, it will happen again and you will need an extra set of clothes and plastic bags.
4. Do not count on the fact that when you get home at 3am you will finally be able to get some sleep.
Your baby might think it´s time to get up and start his party. After some walking through the house, kissing all his stuffed animals, greeting the Buddha face on the wall, and
doing a small walk in the stroller through the house (try that in the dark with your all terrain stroller in a tiny Spanish apartment), we ended up watching Bert and Ernie in bed before he finally fell asleep at 4am. To wake up again at 7am for his breakfast…
What other NOT TO DO during night time travel tips do you have?
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