Daylight Savings Time: 7 Ways To Help Your Baby Transition During The Fall Back…
Help your little ones adjust to the new ‘Fall Back’ times starting this November and ensure a smoother transition for the whole family.
You may have spent months successfully implementing a sleep routine that works for your family. However, on the first Sunday in November, the Daylight Savings ‘Fall Back’ may be here to rock the boat – if you’re not fully prepared for the adjustment. As we move our clocks back by an hour, we may have to help our families through the transition and make the most of our sleep and waking hours.
We’re here to tell you not to fret. The good news is that your baby cannot tell the time and will rely on you to help them make a smooth transition. The not so great news, however, is that your little cherub may already have an established sleep pattern that can be hard to adjust. They may fully rely on their own internal clocks to determine sleeping hours from daytime. Even a small change, like moving the clock back by one hour, may require an adjustment to help your little ones establish a new rhythm.
If your baby typically goes to bed at 7pm each night, come November, this could mean that bedtime is now at 6pm. Without any changes made on your part, this could negatively cut into your family time and evening routines – such as dinner, bath, story-time and more. The same is true for the next morning as the time change could throw out your regular family routines and result in less sleep and a tired, or worse – cranky and unbalanced – family. If your baby usually wakes up at 6am each morning, after the Fall Back they may now be waking up at 5am, unless you intervene and help them adjust to a new time.
What can you do to help your little ones adjust? Here are seven tips towards a smoother transition…
- Slow and steady wins the race. Adjust your baby’s sleep times slowly over a week. Instead of a sudden change of the clock and then forcing your little one to bed a whole hour before their regular bedtime, choose to make the transition over a period of at least six days.
- Put your little one to bed 10 minutes earlier each night for six nights until they are on par with the Fall Back times. This slower transition may help them better adjust – both physically and mentally – to get the rest their bodies need.
- Allow your baby to ‘sleep in’ for those extra 5 to 10 minutes each morning too. Hopefully, over the transition period, they will adjust to the later wake-up call.
- Keep the room dark and promote better sleep during this transition period. You may want to invest in block-out curtains to help you achieve this.
- Keep noise and light to a minimum, especially in the mornings when you are trying to transition them to a later wake-up time.
- Carefully plan your evening routines with baby and stick to the new times.
- Don’t forget to shift your little one’s daytime naps too. This will certainly help them regulate their internal clocks and allow for better sleep at night.
Daylight Savings Time often requires a mental shift for any family. Act now, be prepared and ensure that your little ones (and their moms) find balance and rest with ease.