The end of daylight savings time is near – and now you need to shift your baby’s schedule… How do you do this? You have three options:
Adjust your schedule before the time change:
Shift your baby slowly towards the time change by moving things later by 15 minutes every 2 days and then wake up with the new clock on Sunday morning. The goal is to get him closer to the time it will be when you “fall back”. When you turn your clocks back, nap time will feel like it’s an hour later to your child but by adjusting slowly for a few days, your baby will have started to move towards the new schedule.
On the Monday before the time change start pushing your baby’s schedule later by 15 minutes. Wake him up 15 minutes later than your regular wake up time and offer his naps 15 minutes later. Bedtime will also be 15 minutes later. On the Wednesday before the time change you will increase that to 30 minutes later than the usual wake up, nap and bedtime and on the Friday before the time change, 45 minutes later. On the day of the change, go with your regular schedule times on the new clock.
Adjust your clock and your schedule all at once:
The second approach is to change your clocks before you go to bed on Saturday, then wake up with the new clock on Sunday. Start your day at your regular time in the morning on the new clock. For example, if your baby wakes at 6:30am then get him up at 6:30am on the new clock (yes, 7:30am is now 6:30am so you are getting him up one hour later than he is used to – but you will be doing everything one hour later). He might be awake and hanging out before you get him in the morning, and it might take a little longer to fall asleep at nap and bedtime because “technically” it is one hour later than he is used to – but he will adjust in a few days.
Wait and see:
You don’t have to make a choice right now. You can wait until the clocks have been set back and see how your baby does. If the “all in” method doesn’t seem to be working then you can adjust your baby’s schedule by 15 or 30 minutes each day until he settles into the new schedule.
Remember that all babies and children are different and will respond to the end of daylight savings time differently. The key is to be consistent with your schedule, keep the room dark and cool during sleep times and your little one will adjust.
Jamie is a certified sleep consultant with Good Night Sleep Site Halton. Proud Mama of two boys. Jamie realized that her interest in helping change some of her son’s sleep habits turned into a passion and she happily joined the Good Night team with her mission being to help families succeed as she did. When she is not working, Jamie enjoys family time with her husband, sons and golden retriever. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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