How to Survive Daylight Savings Time!

*Daylight Saving Time will occur on Sunday, March 11th at 2:00 a.m. 

Stay ahead of the time change! This is the most preferable time change especially for all those early risers. The clock springs ahead 1 hour so that your 5 a.m. waker will now be waking around 6 a.m. which is definitely more ideal!

This time change typically doesn’t pose many problems but if you would like to help acclimate your child beforehand, especially for children who tend to be late risers and whose nap schedules we want to keep more structured, you can begin today.

Where To Start:

Start by moving your child’s entire schedule- meals, wake times, sleep times, play times, bath times, etc., all earlier in 15 minute increments each day for the 4 days leading up to the time change.

This will help them slowly adjust, especially if they are very sleep sensitive. For the most part, this change doesn’t create sleep problems and can actually be helpful.

If you don’t want to be preemptive, go ahead and let their schedule change naturally and just make sure they are awake by 7 a.m. or 6 a.m. at the earliest, and down for their naps on time, 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. for those on two nap schedules and 1 p.m. for those on a 1 nap schedule.

Don’t forget your sleep hygiene!

And of course, make sure you have all your sleep hygiene factors in place. Check out the tips below to help your child sleep better year round.

  • Keep your child’s room at a cool temperature, we recommend between 68-72 degrees
  • Make sure their room is very dark, use black out curtains and shades to achieve at least an 8 on a scale of 1-10
  • Help their natural rhythms develop by getting them out into the fresh air and sunshine as much as possible. This is the easiest way to help their body clocks re-set naturally.
  • Review your sleep schedules and training methods in case you need to use them for any sleep disruptions the time change may cause.
  • And don’t stress!!! Their rhythms will even out and if you need extra assistance, contact us for help!