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How to help a 3 year-old adjust to time change when going to Europe

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My wife and I are going to Madrid in April with our 3 year-old. My main concern is how he does adjusting to the time change. It's difficult enough for some adults, some I'm trying to figure out how to help him deal with it. We leave Atlanta at 4:30 p.m. our time, and arrive in Madrid at 1:30 a.m. our time (8:30 a.m. their time). So, obviously, when we get there, our internal-clocks will say it's bed-time, while it will actually be the start of a new day.

We're thinking about letting him stay up as long as he wants the night before (which he many times will stay up at least midnight, if allowed), and not taking a nap the day we leave (which he probably won't want to anyway since it will only be the second time he's been on a plane, and he should be excited). By doing that, hopefully, he will want to sleep on the plane (even though the times of the flight are not his normal sleep-times).

If he doesn't sleep much on the plane, I'm also wondering what you guys have done to help your children once you get there. The good thing is that we are staying with friends (who have a 1 year-old), and we really have no itinerary for the first 4 days. So, if he needs to sleep at odd times when we first get there, it shouldn't be that big of a deal.

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