Daylight Savings-Fall Back/Spring Forward

Time change is just around the corner! But how do you prepare for you child’s routine? Do you change anything in his sleep schedule? 

In Fall we set the clock one hour back which gets us one hour more that one day but also leads to an early wake up. For example, if your child gets up at 6am every morning she will get up at 5am with the new time.  Therefore, take a week or two to prepare and ease your child slowly into the time change. 

In Spring we set the clock one hour forward which means we loose an hour and can lead to a later wake up but also to later bedtime if not prepared. 

Room set up: You want to make sure you keep a dark room as the new time will make it brighter in the morning and try to leave your child in the bed 10 min longer for a day or two until you get to the time change. Of course, if your child screams hysterically if you do so then don’t worry too much and take out at her regular time but if she doesn’t mind-just do it. 

Mornings for Fall: if your child gets up at 7am but now gets up at 6am don't jump right away when she wakes, give her 10-20min every day to go naturally go back to 7am.

Adjusting bedtime for Fall: For example, if your child goes to bed at 7pm-start at 7.30pm for a a few days and then 8pm for another few days-when the time change hits officially you child will go back to 7pm. This will help your child natural body clock to adjust slowly and give you less trouble with early wakings. Overall it will take about a or two for your body to adjust completely. 

Adjusting bedtime for Spring: For example, if your child goes to bed at 7pm-start at 6.30pm for a few days and then 6pm for another few days-when the time change hits officially you child will go back to 7pm. This will help your child natural body clock to adjust slowly and give you less trouble with early wakings. Overall it will take about a or two for your body to adjust completely. 

Naps for Fall: If nap time is 12pm change it to 12.30pm for a few days and then back to 1pm at the time change. This goes for a child who naps 1 time or multiple times. 

Naps for Spring: If nap time is 12pm change it to 11.30am for a few days and then back to 11pm at the time change. This goes for a child who naps 1 time or multiple times. 

Toddlers: Adjust the  “OK to wake” clock is very helpful when time change hits us. Set the time  in 30 min increments which will help your child to adjust her body clock slowly. 

Lastly,  make sure you set your coffee maker an hour early to wake up with a fresh cup of coffee. Happy Fall! Happy Spring!