Adjusting to Daylight Savings Time
On Sunday, March 10th at 2am time will shift once again and this time it will jump an hour ahead. For many parents, the fact that we are losing an hour of sleep is a bit daunting. But look on the bright side, if you switch all your clocks before going to bed you can convince yourself that your little one slept a whole hour later! But I digress…
To adjust your little one to the new time, I suggest my clients to follow the following modifications to their child’s sleep schedule:
- For the first 3 days after the time change (starting with Sunday) we are going to “split the difference” when it comes to nap and bedtime. If your little one would normally go down for their morning nap at 9:00am pre time change, then you would put them down for nap at 9:30am. The same goes for bedtime…if they had been going to bed at 7:00pm then for the first three nights of the time change they would go down at 7:30pm.
- This will mean that your baby is going to bed a little earlier or sooner than the normal wait between sleeps, but again it’s not so much so that it’s going to interfere with her schedule too much. It may take her a bit more time to fall asleep since she may not be as tired, but in a week’s time she will be back on track again.
- On day and night 4, move to the correct time on the clock again. So bedtime will once again be at 7:00pm. Give it time and know that your baby will get back on schedule within a week, possibly two.
Good Luck with the time change! Please feel free to contact me at any time with any questions you may have firstname.lastname@example.org or 267.382.0826