For the past 2 years, I’ve been on top of every daylight savings time and always gave advice about them in my monthly newsletters. For some reason, this daylight savings time has totally surprised me and I just realized on Monday that this weekend we changed our clocks! Oops!!
Anyway, for those of you who may be wondering what this means for your child’s sleep, I have some tips for the weekend coming up.
First of all, if you have a child who wakes early in the morning, this may be a good time for you. If your child wakes at 5 or 6 in the morning, once we change the time, they will wake at 6 or 7. BUT – that is only if you change all the other times to the new time as well – so if your child’s bedtime is currently 7, you would need to make sure they are going to bed at 6 the new time. If that is doable, try it and see if it helps!
For children who are not early rising right now, you could either do the time change gradually, or do an immediate change. For a more gradual change, which would be good for young children, start putting them into bed a little earlier each night. You could do 10 – 15 minutes earlier each night. Since it will be lighter out when they go to bed, you may want to think about room darkening shades or curtains if you do not already have them. You could also start waking your child up earlier by 10 – 15 minutes earlier as well. Do not forget to change meal times and nap times gradually as well.
You could also do an immediate change on Sunday and wake your child up at their normal wake up time according to the new time. So if they normally wake at 7, you will actually be waking them at 6 (old time). Then make meals, naps, and bedtimes according to the new time. Children adjust pretty quickly and in a few days everything should be back to normal!
Let me know if you have any questions! Weren’t these time changes easier before kids?!
By Michelle Winters