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Spring Forward Smoothly: Your Options to Sleep Well at Daylight Savings Time

On 1st October, the clocks will spring forward by one hour, giving us more daylight in the evenings -

a change we can all appreciate!

However, we also know that it has the potential to disrupt our sleep.

But fear not! I’m here to help you navigate the clock change, and keep sleeping.

Does Daylight Savings Disrupt My Baby’s Sleep?

Many parents will confirm the clock change has the potential to disturb your child’s sleep.

Why? It’s because our internal body clocks don't automatically sync with the new time on the clock. This misalignment can leave us all feeling a bit tired at all the wrong times, especially our little ones.

How Long Does It Take for Your Baby to Adjust to Daylight Savings?

Now, the burning question: "How long will it take for my baby to adjust?"

The timeline varies from child to child. However, most children tend to settle back into their regular sleep schedule within 2 to 7 days. The key to a smoother adjustment is consistency in their daily routine.

Preparing for the Change:

📆 It's always a good idea to plan ahead.

The good news is that the clock change in October tends to be more manageable. Regardless, here are three options to help you prepare:

1 - Do nothing before daylight savings

For adaptable, or older children, this option involves doing 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.

2 - Switch to adjust

The day before the clocks change, put your baby to bed 30 minutes later.

Adjust all milk, meals, and naps by 30 minutes to align with the new time.

3 - Gradually adjust to daylight savings

In the days leading up to October 1st, make gradual shifts in your baby's schedule by 15 minutes each day until it matches the new clock time.

This includes adjusting meal times, milk feeds, and nap schedules.

It’s natural to be a little nervous about the clock change.

By being proactive and choosing a plan you can stick to you should sail through daylight savings. Here’s to longer, sunnier evening and more sleep for you and your little one.

If you are not sleeping, and need support I am here to help.

Jump on a free call and let's chat about a consultation and the transformation it could make for your family.

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