Daylight Saving Time Tips: A Gentle Transition for Your Child's Sleep

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Daylight Saving Time Sleep Tips for springing forward

 As we gear up for the upcoming Daylight Saving Time, it's essential to prepare for potential shifts in your child's sleeping schedule. Don't worry, I've got your back with some quick sleep tips to make this transition smoother than ever.

Embrace the Power of Naps:

Ensure your child gets plenty of good naps in the days leading up to the time change. This helps prevent them from becoming overtired and eases the adjustment.

Dim the Lights:

Create a cozy atmosphere by dimming the lights for the last hour of the day. Consider using darkening curtains to maintain a darker environment in the morning.

Soak Up the Morning Sun:

Kickstart the day with at least 30 minutes of outdoor time in the fresh air and sunshine. This not only aids in adjusting to the time change but also promotes overall better sleep.

Flexible routine tip:  If 30 minutes seem too hard to get started, no problem. Start with 3-5 minutes and work towards 30 minutes.   

Bedtime Adjustment:

Remember, bedtime will feel an hour earlier, so be prepared for the shift.

Tire Them Out:

On the day of the time change, encourage more outdoor activities to wear your child out. From extra floor time for infants to long walks or park visits for toddlers and preschoolers – let them expend that energy!

Who's Affected?

  • Children 6 months and beyond: Consider gradual transitions based on your child's temperament.
  • Babies 3-6 months: Make a slower transition, starting a week earlier if needed, in 10-20 minute increments.
  • Newborns to 3 months: Good news! You can relax a bit, as their circadian rhythms haven't matured yet.

Approaches to Time Change:

  1. The "Do Nothing" Approach: Stick to the regular bedtime and adjust the clock one hour ahead. This can work wonders for early risers.
  2. Gradual Transition: Start a week before the time change, making small adjustments each day. Don't forget to adapt meal times.
  3. Split the Difference: If your child is sensitive to transitions, find a middle ground by splitting the hour over a few days.

Download your daylight saving time planning guide to create your sleep plan for the time change!

Shift Your Mindset:

Let's ditch the "dreaded time change" narrative. Instead:

  • Focus on enjoying the extra sunshine.
  • Express gratitude for blackout shades aiding sleep in well-lit evenings.
  • Remind yourself that this adjustment is temporary.

Download our FREE Daylight Saving Guide for a comprehensive plan. Remember, your perspective can change everything. Here's to calm, confident, and rested parenting!

And hey, if you've got sleep questions or concerns about your 6-year-old or younger, feel free to schedule a chat on my calendar. Sweet dreams springing forward! 🌞💤