Spring Forward: Adjusting Baby Sleep For Daylight Savings
Sleep Expert, Mary Cantwell, shares 5 simple tips for managing sleep transitions during the spring forward for daylight savings
Parents, get ready to ‘spring forward’ as Daylight Savings begins this Sunday, March 8th.
This means that the days will be longer allowing for more outdoor playtime in the afternoons. While this is great news for the kids, as parents, you may be worrying about how the time change will affect sleep routines, and rightly so!
Managing Sleep & Daylight Savings
Here are 5 tips to prepare for the daylight savings time change:
- Gradually prepare your child: Try easing into the new bedtime by splitting the hour difference over a few days. Start on Wednesday night and put your child to bed 15 minutes earlier every night until you are on the new time by Saturday night. Wake up on Sunday morning and go about your normal routines.
- Do nothing: If your child isn’t affected too much by a change in their sleep routine and timing, go ahead and put them to bed Saturday night at the normal time. When they wake on Sunday morning go about your normal routines. This also works well for preschoolers and school-aged children.
- Get some sunshine: Take advantage of the extra sunlight and get the kids outside as much as possible the first few days as sunlight is a big driver for our internal sleep clock.
- Darken the bedroom: On the flip side, because it’s lighter for longer you will need to be mindful to make your child’s bedroom darker for nap time and bed time.
- Stick to your routine: Keep your daily nap and bedtime routines the same so it helps your child go about their day as normal.
Try not to sweat this time change as ‘spring forward’ is usually a little easier on everyone’s internal sleep clock. The other nice perk of this time change is that if you have an early riser then they will “sleep in” because of the time change.
Just remember that no matter how to you choose to manage the time change, know that our children are resilient, and they will get through this transition. You’ve got this mamas!
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