Remember the days when Daylights Saving Time “Fall Back” meant a whole extra hour of glorious uninterrupted sleep?? Ahhh, well now you have kids …
BUT! the idea of an easy transition to the clocks changing does not have to be a distant memory.
With the end of Day Light Saving Time looming in the near future, the key to making this change as easy as possible is to actually start a few days earlier.
If your babe didn’t have too much trouble with the change back in March, you can be hopeful that they will take the time change in stride and find their new schedule easy to adapt to. If March wasn’t so fun in your house, follow my tips to help ease the pain for everyone!
A Solid Bedtime Routine
It’s important year-round to have a solid, predictable and consistent bedtime routine for your littles, but especially during the time leading up to and shortly following a time change. Your bedtime routine should be about 20 minutes in length and serve to let babe know that it is time to wind down and get ready to sleep. (more info about bedtime routines here)
Start preparing the week before
Though the clocks won’t change until 2am on Sunday, it’s not a bad idea to start working towards that new time the week before. I recommend the Monday before, moving your nap and bedtime routine 15 minutes later. Try that for 2 days, and then move it another 15 minutes again. 2 days later, another 15 minutes. By the time you get to Sunday night you’ll be 1 hour later, which is back to your original bedtime
ex. Bedtime is at 7:30
Day 1/Day 2 – bedtime at 7:45
Day 3/Day 4 – bedtime at 8:00
Day 5/Day 6 – bedtime at 8:15
Day 7 (DLST ends) – bedtime at 8:30, which is now really 7:30
**Adjust naps the same way
***If you find yourself halfway through the week and you haven’t made any adjustments to prepare, that’s ok! Just adjust the 3 nights before by 20 minutes each to achieve the 60 minute clock change by Sunday night!
It’s to be expected that daylight saving time will bring some crankiness and tired mornings, for you and your littles! Be flexible and give those extra cuddles when you can.
Don’t forget to prepare yourself!
It’s important to not only prepare you little ones but also prepare yourself for the time change, and the hiccups that may come with it!
Start to put away electronics a bit earlier than usual, dim the lights around the house, have a warm cup of tea and relax before bed. It’s important for our kids too that we encourage their Melatonin to do its job – help them sleep, so put those iPads and shows away at least 30- 60 minutes before bed.
Melatonin is released in the brain as it gets dark and helps get us get ready for a night’s sleep. As it gets darker earlier we want to make sure littles aren’t falling asleep too early, so keep them in well-lit areas, and outside in natural light as much as possible until it’s time to start winding down. On the other end, hang those blackout curtains ( I like these ones) to encourage them to sleep through any early morning sunlight, as our bodies naturally start to awaken with the presence of light.
Don’t overthink the time change!
Don’t stress that everything is going to be out of whack for the next few months until Daylight Savings starts again – you will be ok!
If you hit a few bumps in the transition and the effects are lingering, let me know! I am here to help everyone get back on their routines and have better sleep and happier days!