This is quite possibly my favourite time of year! Spring! Summer is coming, the weather is improving and we are waving winter goodbye, and my gosh after this last year with INSANE sickness from the kids all winter I cannot wait to welcome summer!
But are you, like most parents, thinking less of the weather and more of the clock change in October??
How to adjust baby's sleep to daylight savings ?
When formulating a plan to survive daylight savings my top tip is to follow the personality of your child. Abruptly shifting the schedule of a sensitive child could dramatically impact sleep. I educate my clients and members on 3 different ways to cope with daylight savings.
1) Do nothing
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
2) Switch to adjust
The day before the clocks change put baby to bed 30 minutes later. Adjust all milk, meals, naps by 30minutes.
3) Gradually adjust
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. .
Try not to stress mamma. This is just a short bump in the road, not a long term disaster for sleep. Daylight savings can feel a little like jet lag. Stay consistent and baby should adjust within 2-7 days.
Sleep deprivation is torture. Tessa Gow is a midwife and certified sleep consultant working with families across the globe. She offers nurturing methods with lasting results. Let her be the support and guidance you need to get through this. On the other side of a consultation with Enhance Sleep is rested, functioning families. Take the first step towards healthy sleep by contacting me today.