Daylight savings time is coming to an end on November 4. For some people daylight savings is great as you are earning one more hour of extra sleep. But those of us with young kids, it is a different story. Daylight savings can help disrupt a sleep routine. So, if you want your child’s wake time to stay the same (or at least close) we have tips. These tips will help you and your child make the transition smoothly as possible.
Daylight Savings Tips
- This the earlier you start working on getting them adjusted the better. It’s ideal to start a 2-3 weeks before the time change. This gives your baby time to adjust on the change. The second alternative is to do nothing and you can wait to by adjust on their own. However, that means you waking up early too.
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.
Start with a dark room.
- Darken the room. Since you may 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 during their bedtime. Consider using room darkening curtains to help you achieve this.
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. You can start bumping up their naps and bedtime 15 min earlier every 3-4 days accordingly. This will help their internal clock adjust gradually and get them to the adjusted DST bedtime.
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 2 to 3 weeks of following these simple tips, you and baby can be back to a regular sleep schedule. And you may actually be able to enjoy that extra one hour. Have patience, you will get there.
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