Daylight Saving time always throws us around a bit – losing an hour of sleep can be a pain and gaining an extra one doesn’t necessarily mean a sleep in, once you’ve had kids. Though newborn bubs won’t notice the difference, your baby or toddler might, and it can cause disruption to their sleep and routines.
The start of Daylight Saving means our clocks move forward an hour, bringing with it the start of longer, warmer summer days. But with that comes trying to convince your little ones that its bedtime while the sun is still out, which is not an easy sell for anyone!
When Daylight Saving ends and we wind our clocks back, the chorus of parents collectively groaning at 5am begins, as their babies and toddlers wake at the crack of dawn. What comes next is a domino effect of disrupted naps, difficult bedtimes and over-tired, cranky children.
But don’t fret! There are some simple things you can do to prepare your little one in the lead up to Daylight Saving time (DST), and with a little planning you can make it an easy change for everyone!
1. Gradually reset their body clock
Start shifting bedtime and wake-up time by 15 minutes every couple of days the week before the clocks change. That way, when Daylight Saving begins or ends, their bedtime is already at the “new” time, and they should be waking up in the morning at the right time too!
When Daylight Saving starts (when the clocks go forward an hour) follow this example:
- If bubs bedtime is at 7pm, for example, then on the Monday before DST kicks in, put them to bed at 6:45pm, Wednesday 6:30pm, Friday 6:15pm and on Sunday they will go to bed at the “new” 7pm
When Daylight Saving ends (when the clocks go back an hour) follow this example:
- If bubs bedtime is at 7pm, for example, then on the Monday before DST kicks in, put them to bed at 7:15pm, Wednesday 7:30pm, Friday 7:45pm and on Sunday they will go to bed at the “new” 7pm
2. Keep their sleep space dark
Trying to fall asleep while it's still light outside and staying asleep when the sun is already up can be difficult – its why hotels have those nice thick blockout curtains in the rooms! If you keep your little one’s room as dark as possible to replicate that “nighttime” feeling, it will help them adjust. Blockout blinds or curtains can be a big help with this if your bub’s room gets a lot of natural light.
3. Stay consistent
Apart from the slight adjustment to bedtime at the start and end of DST, it’s important to stay consistent with bubs daytime rhythm, sleep schedule and the settling techniques you use. Nobody likes quick and sudden change, and babies are no exception.
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