Daylight savings can help disrupt a sleep routine. However with these tips, you can help make the transition smoothly as possible.
Daylight Savings Tips
- Darken the room. Since you will have more light at bedtime, this will help your baby’s internal clock be set for the new time. Your baby will be less confused by you putting them down with so much light coming into their room at night. Consider using room darkening curtains to help you achieve this.
- Have a consistent bed time routine. Your baby likes consistency. Whether it is a bath, book and sleep or book and music. You are setting the precedent that is time to sleep, which makes it easier to put your baby to sleep.
- Have a set bed time. A set bed time helps set your child’s internal clock. If you are inconsistent with each times they go to bed, you can miss their sleep window and therefore making it harder to put baby to sleep. And not helping to set their internal clock to make going to bed easier.
- Make sure that you are sending the right message. If you baby is still waking up an hour earlier and you get baby as soon as they wake up rather than helping them settle for another hour, your baby will get used to it. You are sending the message- it’s okay to get up at that time since you will pick them up. Help them sleep that extra hour and send the right message.
Even though Daylight Savings can be a pain. Within a week or two following this guidelines, you and baby can be back to a regular sleep schedule. Have patience, you will get there.
Wife and mother of twins. Founder of Pride & Joy Baby Planners and The Expecting Mamas Network.