No need to be envious of those parents who babies-slept the whole way-flying with a sleep thief has its merits!
Prior to our first Australia to UK flight with Intrepid Bebe, amongst my many worries was the fact that she was, a horror sleeper. I’m not talking a couple of times a night, at the point we first flew, she was just seven months old, rarely ever slept for more than an hour unbroken, and cried a lot . All the info online seemed to from Parents of chilled out bebes, babies who happily took their dummy and nodded off. With photos of them snug in their bassinet and captions like ” slept the whole way”.
So to reassure Parents of their very own ‘sleep theives’, here are some reasons long haul travel isn’t exclusive to the 7-7 gang:
- If you’re the proud parent of a Velcro baby who hates being put down and only falls asleep in your arms they’ll be in their element! Sam goes if they’re used to being rocked to sleep.
- Same goes for the boob-a-holic babies, pretty sure I must’ve become known by the cabin crew as the lady with her boob out in aisle seven.
- Constantly pacing the plane means your DVT risk will be minimal.
- If they aren’t asleep you don’t have to worry about them being woken up 😉
- Would your lack of routine give the likes of Tizzie Hall & Gina Ford nightmares? You’re built for traveling! No routine means you’ll muddle through-we certainly had no set nap times (despite my best efforts- and we still don’t), so nothing to lose so to speak.
- Same goes for timezones- Intrepid Bebe didn’t seen to actually acknowledge time zones on a daily basis so onboard was no different. A two am party will almost definitely be day time in some country you’re flying through.
- Being permanently sleep deprived means jet lag is your bread and butter! I was so used to being up all night then battling through each day I really didn’t notice the eleven hour time difference. And weirdly, people seem more understanding sympathetic of jet lag than seven months of chronic exhaustion.
- If you’re a nervous flyer, a sleep thief is a great cure. You’re so busy staying calm for their sake, or coming up with new ways to entertain them, there’s no time for contemplating just how this metal tube is staying in the air.
- You can’t get bored with a sleep thief-those poor people who have to try and entertain themselves for 24 hours-you have your own in flight entertainment to keep you guessing.
- One friend said to me before I flew (she’s the straight shooter friend who every needs) “well she can’t stay awake the entire flight”. I repeated this mantra, a lot. And that’s the thing, chances are, they will sleep, eventually, probably around the time you become desperate for the loo.
- If all else fails, just remember, your loved ones/a gorgeous destination/home a waiting at the other end.