Sleep tips to help your baby adjust to daylight savings time are on the agenda today. Wishful thinking that your baby’s internal clock will adjust as quickly as your iPhone is just that – wishful thinking. When the clock falls back one hour on November 6th, be prepared with a clear plan from certified sleep consultants at Dream Baby Sleep™. Follow these simple sleep tips to help your child adjust to the time change and prevent sleep regressions.
5 Sleep Tips to Get Your Child on a Daylight Savings Sleep Plan
These five sleep tips are your road map to conquering the destructive impact that daylight savings can have on your baby’s sleep schedule. If you follow these steps, you’ll be well on your way to getting your baby back on track, or even better, keeping him or her on track through the entire process.
1. Know Your Child’s Nature
How do they adapt when they miss a nap or bedtime is too late? If they turn into a hot mess when sleep is off start 9 days before the time change. If they are very adaptable and don’t seem to skip a beat on an off sleep day start the day before.
2. Start the Shift Slowly
9 days before daylight savings, start shifting your child’s nap & bedtime schedule later by 15 minutes every 3 days.
3. 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. The sooner we use the new clock the easier everyone will adjust.
4. Use Blackout Shades
As the light creeps in earlier in the morning this is an important step to help prevent early rising. Check out cool products on our website for a temporary room darkening solution.
5. Don’t Get Your Baby Earlier than 6 AM
Wait to get your baby until 6 AM the new time on the day of the change and each day after if they rise early. If you’re consistent with 6 AM awake for the day early rising will resolve itself. (A toddler clock for ages 2 and older is a great tool to reinforce this skill)
These Easy Sleep Tips will Keep Your Baby On Track
Following these easy steps and exposing your children to as much natural like as possible in the days immediately following the time change will help naturally reset their internal clocks. Dream Baby Sleep™ offers customized sleep consulting solutions for tired families Nationwide. We can help you implement these sleep tips and keep your baby sleeping like, well, a baby.
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