When the clock falls back one hour on November 4th be prepared for early rising which throws off your nap and bedtime schedule. Follow these simple steps to help your child adjust to the time change and prevent sleep regressions.
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Preparing your child to fall back:
- Start the shift slowly. Eight days before daylight savings, start shifting your child’s nap and bedtime schedule later by 15 minutes every 2 days. Adjust meal time as well.
- Adopt the new clock immediately. As soon as the clock officially falls back we need to work off the new clock right away. Don’t make the mistake of calculating what bedtime would have been yesterday.
- Use Black out shades. As the light creeps in earlier in the morning this is an important step to help minimize early rising.
- Set awake for the day no earlier than 6:30 AM. Wait to get your baby until 6:30 AM the day of the time change and each day after. Choose a sleep training method you’re comfortable with using 1 of our 4 sleep training eBooks.
Following these easy steps and exposing your children to as much natural light as possible the days immediately following the time change will help naturally reset their internal clocks.
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