Daylight savings time – oh how us parents LOVE the clock changes! I’m kidding of course – it’s the worst time of year for those with little ones as it can wreak havoc on babies and little ones sleep routines!
My tops Tips for surviving the daylight saving times with little ones!
Springtime – Spring forward into a happy baby bedtime!
When we pop those clocks forward it means an hours less sleep for us (I know – I know) and your little one too. But don’t panic – you can avoid problems by getting your child ready about a week before the clock change. That means starting now my lovelies!
My top tip for clock-rockin’ baby-bedtime-happiness is to put your little one to bed 10-15 minutes earlier each night for seven nights. This simple tip can really help make the transition smoother and the clock change tick tock along nicely.
If you’re reading this with less than seven nights to prepare – don’t worry, start as soon as you can, even a couple of nights can really help.
With older children, if you are not already using one – use a sleep clock! These clocks are fantastic and really help them to know when it is OK to get up out of bed and get you. Simply change the clock at bedtime – and explain to your little ones that if they wake early, they must wait for the sunshine.
For a few mornings you may need to pop them back to bed, or go into them to reassure them. Reading books in bed is fine, I encourage this for early wakers! My two who are 3 and 4 years old, especially in lighter mornings, often wake at 6.45am and will ‘read’ until the sunshine appears on their sleep clock at 7am.
Autumn time – Fall back into a Happy baby bedtime
For those without little bundles of joy, this means an extra hour of glorious sleep! For us parents – not so lucky. For us it means baby is likely to wake on time – meaning the usual 7am get-up-and-go is now 6am. Ouch.
In the autumn – simply reverse the springtime top tip for a happy baby bedtime! So, starting seven nights before the clock change, put your little one to bed 10 minutes later each night. for the six nights leading up to the clock change.
Whereas before, in springtime you may need black-out blinds or curtains – you may find the new winter times are on your side. Little ones often sleep better in the winter (UK) because of our dark mornings and earlier dark nights.
As mentioned in the Springtime tips – with older children, if you are not already using one – use a sleep clock. These clocks are fantastic and really help them to know when it is OK to get up out of bed and get you. Simply change the clock at bedtime – and explain to your little ones that if they wake early, they must wait for the sunshine.
Finally, the the week after clock changes you may find your little one unsettled. Try not to worry – they’ll soon settle once they get into the new time zone. Stick to your usual daily routine, and a happy baby bedtime routine and you’ll soon have a happy sleeper again.