On Sunday, November 6th, Daylight Savings Time comes to an end. I don’t particularly like changing the clocks spring and fall – in fact, if we lived in Saskatchewan, we wouldn’t have to! Most families have very regular sleep patterns and the time change can disrupt our little ones and result in overtired, grouchy kids which is no fun for anyone!
There are a couple of ways that you could handle the time change – see which option may work best for your family!
If your child is quite sensitive to change in his/her sleep schedule, and your household schedule is not flexible, you may want to prepare them in advance by following these steps:
In the days leading up to the time change, shift your child’s schedule (naps and bedtime) a few minutes later than normal in the days leading up to the change. Starting tonight (Thursday), you could put her to bed 20 minutes later than normal. Tomorrow (Friday), put her down 30-40 minutes later than usual for both naps and bedtime, and on Saturday, naps and bedtime would be closer to one hour later than usual. On Sunday, put them down for naps and bedtime at their usual times, according to the adjusted clocks.
If your child is sleeping well, is quite adaptable to change and your household schedule is flexible in the days following the time change, you may want to follow these steps:
Change the clocks Sunday morning when you wake up – after you get over the shock that 7:00am now is 6:00am! Move all nap times and bedtimes later by 30 minutes. If you can, do this until Wednesday, which will give your child’s body 4 days to adjust to the time change. On Thursday, move all nap times and bedtimes to the correct time on the clock again.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns about your child’s sleep, I’m here to help! Contact me for a complimentary 15 minute telephone evaluation and let’s get started on the path to a great night’s sleep for your whole family!