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Baby sleep and daylight savings... what can you do to prepare??


How is it time to adjust for daylight savings already?!


Which daylight savings camp do you sit in ...

  1. The oh sh*t we were sleeping so well, now sleep is destined to unravel?!

  2. Well sleep is terrible anyway, what difference will daylight savings make

  3. Daylight what?!


No matter where you are at we need to chat about daylight savings and the impact it could have on your little ones sleep.



Will daylight savings affect your baby’s sleep?

I would be lying if I didn't say yes to this question! Many parents will tell you their children’s sleep changes slightly as the clocks change. Does it have to mean disaster for your sleep... no! Read on and let's get a plan to help you through the clock change.



Why does daylight savings affect baby’s sleep?

At a set time each year the Southern Hemisphere clocks change but our internal body clock does not automatically adjust to meet the new time on the clock. This can leave us all, especially young children, tired at all the wrong times!



How long will it take for baby to adjust to daylight savings?

Every baby is different but most children will fall back into their schedule within 2 -7 days.



How does daylight savings affect baby’s sleep?

Here in Australia our clocks FALL backwards by 1 hour in April. Our mornings get darker, winter is approaching and we are gifted with an extra hour in bed. If only the kids got the memo and enjoyed that lie in! Watch out early rising kids may suddenly be waking CRAZY early! If you are struggling with this, I highly recommend following a gradual adjustment (see below).


In October the clocks SPRING forwards by 1 hour. If you are like me and love those warm, sunny mornings you might not mind this one so much! Many parents find this clock change the easier one to cope with.



 

So how do we prepare your baby for daylight savings?


Everything is easier with a plan.. here are my top tips to guide you through the clock change and keep your family sleeping!



DO NOTHING BEFORE DAYLIGHT SAVINGS

Do nothing and see what happens. As you wake up the clocks will automatically have changed - just offer the naps, meals, milk and bedtime on the new clock time. This is a great option for adaptable children


SWITCH TO ADJUST

The day before the clocks change put baby to bed 30 minutes later. Adjust all milk, meals, naps by 30minutes.


GRADUALLY ADJUST TO DAYLIGHT SAVINGS

Every day in the lead up to Daylight savings, shift the schedule by 15minutes until you meet the clock change. This includes all meals, milk and naps.




 

MY TOP 3 TIPS TO SMOOTHLY TRANSITION TO DAYLIGHT SAVINGS .....

No matter which option you follow there are a few tips that could help your baby adjust better to the clock change


Stick to your routines

- a short, sweet and simple bedtime routine is more important than ever. It is a cue to your baby bedtime is nearing and it can make a child more ready to relax and sleep well.


Sunlights helps baby adjust to the new routine quicker

Lots of natural sunlight in the early morning and late afternoon will help them adjust to the new time on the clock.


Darkness at night matters during the clock change

Blackout blinds are a great investment whilst baby adjusts to the new time. Use tin foil, cardboard or dark coloured sheets to stop the light creeping in hindering your progress with sleep.





Try not to stress mamma. This is just a short bump in the road, not a long term disaster for sleep. If it feels like the final straw in your sleep issues book a FREE 15minute call with Tessa











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