We fell back in time!! OH NO!! No but seriously, Daylight Savings Time-- Do you feel weird about it? I always do. It throws me off for about 3 or 4 days before I get used to it. It's always hardest for the kids though. They get thrown off more than I do which just throws me off in a different way. Did you know that half of moms (52%) feel that their baby's sleep patterns are thrown off when the clocks 'fall back' and Daylight Savings Time ends?!
If you have a problem with your kiddos when it comes to Daylight Savings Time, today's post is here to help! Kim West, a sleep expert, has several tips to help you out!
• To help make ensure that your baby’s sleep doesn’t go completely off the rails, make a slow transition. Make a point to slowly adjust your child’s bedtime and naptimes an hour earlier, just 15-30 minutes a day for a few days before daylight savings ends. This way, your child will already be adjusted to the time change. While you’re adjusting naps and bedtime, make sure that you also adjust mealtimes in 10-15 minute increments to help ease the transition.
• To help your baby sleep more soundly, consider installing blackout curtains and using a sound machine. Although the days are getting shorter, there may still be some natural light present, especially in the morning as well as noise when you put your baby to bed. To mitigate these, install blackout curtains and use a sound machine to help buffer outside light and sound. Black out shades are great for children with early rising issues, which is often a problem after the fall time change, especially if your child was already getting up before 6:00 a.m.
Blackout curtains are NO joke! We used them in Alaska and they helped us get sleep during the 24 hours of daylight!
• Watch your baby’s wakefulness windows. Children have a limited window of wakefulness (the time that they can be awake and alert without meltdowns) between naps and bedtimes. Make sure that you watch your baby for sleepy cues carefully. Make sure that you’re changing your baby’s diaper right before your child goes into the crib for naps or bedtime. Keeping your child dry will help to prevent unnecessary night awakenings, and help to ensure a happy, well-rested baby the next day.
• Get outside. It’s getting colder, so bundle everyone up and take a morning walk, just 20 or 30 minutes to make sure that you and your baby get some sunshine, which will help your circadian rhythm adjust to the time change. If you can’t manage a morning walk, make sure that the blinds are open as you start your day, and keep them open up to 45 minutes before nap and bedtimes to help your child adjust to the time change.
Outside weather always helps us sleep better, as well as some good old fashioned park trips.
If you do nothing else to prepare for the time change, make sure that your children have had adequate naps in the days leading up to the time change, and help to prevent unnecessary night awakenings by putting your baby into a clean, dry diaper right before you settle them into the crib for the night.
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