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Don't Let Daylight Saving Time Steal Your Little One's Sleep!

How have we gotten to the spring clock change again?

Where has the time gone?

Not that I'm complaining. I'm more than ready for those longer, light-filled days!

Yes, we "lose" an hour of sleep this Sunday, but we could look at it as just a small sacrifice for sunshine-filled evenings. (Now all we have to hope for is the sunshine!)

Before you picture tiny terrors bouncing off the walls for an extra hour come Sunday night, take a deep breath!

There are ways to navigate this time change and keep your little one's sleep on track.

For those of you who've been battling the early wake-ups, there's good news! 

Without lifting a finger, your little one will technically be waking up an hour later on Sunday –woohoo!

Just remember that you might need to adjust bedtime slightly to catch up on the lost hour.

And don't worry, early to bed doesn't always mean an early wake-up! If they have sleep to make up the best place to do it is at the start of the night.

But what about everyone else? 

Here are 3 ways to help your little one adjust to the spring clock change:

1. The Gradual Shift:

This one's perfect for little ones who are sensitive to change.

Starting on Wednesday before the clocks spring forward, gradually shift bedtime earlier by 15 minutes each night.

By Saturday night, they'll be settling down an hour earlier than usual, adjusting them gradually to the lost hour on Sunday morning.

2. Split the Difference:

This option is a good fit for older babies and toddlers who are perhaps down to one nap a day and maybe even need to catch up on some sleep.

Simply put them to bed 30 minutes earlier than usual on Saturday night. This way, they'll only have half of the lost hour to make up for.

This option isn't for everyone. If your child is a creature of habit or doesn't have a sleep debt to repay, an earlier bedtime might be met with resistance and they may not be ready for sleep.

But, it's is a good option for any tired mums. Remeber it's not just the little one's who lose sleep, we'll have sleep to make up too.

3. Do Absolutely Nothing

This might seem counterintuitive, but if you've been battling pre-dawn wake-ups, doing nothing works! They'll naturally wake up an hour later on Sunday, which will hopefully be a more civilized time.

However, since they've technically lost an hour of sleep, keep an eye on their sleep cues come bedtime. If they seem overly tired, nudge bedtime earlier to help them catch up.

Remember: Consistency is key! No matter which approach you choose, stick to your normal bedtime routine as much as possible (bath time, stories, snuggles) to signal that it's time to wind down.

Maximize sleep success with plenty of morning sunlight exposure! This helps regulate your little one's natural sleep-wake cycle.

So there you have it! With a little planning (or no planning at all!), you can help your little one adjust to the time change and keep those precious sleep routines on track.

For more tips on better sleep check out my blog post from last year about the clock change.

Need some extra help with your little ones’ sleep?

If sleep isn't where you want it to be in your home, then reach out for a chat about how I can help you turn it around.

Candice x

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