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Daylight savings is fast approaching and you may already be aware of this as many babies start to wake up early in preparation for this time change. What can you do to ensure that your baby will adjust to the new time zone as quickly and as smoothly as possible?

On this side of the globe clocks will move forward one hour on Sunday, 2 October 2016 at 2:00:00 AM. Sunrise and sunset will be about 1 hour later on 3 October 2016 than the day before. This will mean that there will be a lot more sunlight shining through your house in the evening.

Even though it is an hour forward, the sun rises earlier which means it can be lighter in a baby’s room, causing them to think it’s already morning.

Here are my suggestions for what you can do to make this as smooth as possible for you and your baby:

Before you put your baby to bed on Saturday, 1 October, turn clocks ahead 1 hour. If your child normally sleeps till 6:30 AM, the next morning they will most likely sleep till 7:30 AM. Their entire schedule – naps and bedtime – will then need to shift one hour later in order for them to be in sync with the new time.

If you’re happy about this change, great! Be sure to make their room as dark as possible so sunlight doesn’t creep in.

If this time change doesn’t suit and you would rather your baby get back in to her normal schedule, you can try the following:

* Put your baby down at their regular bedtime, say 7.00 PM, on Saturday night.

* Set your alarm for 7:00 AM (according to the new clock) and wake your child at this time. To them it will feel like it’s 6.00 AM, but don’t worry, even though they will be a bit tired, this will help them to adjust.

* For naps, put your baby down at their normal nap time according to the new clock and resume a normal schedule from there. Don’t allow them to nap longer than usual.

*On Sunday night, put your baby down at their usual bedtime according to the new time.

* Make sure your baby gets lots of sunlight on Sunday as this will help her body clock adjust to the new time.

* If you find that it is taking your baby a few days to adjust to the new time change, it’s very important that you remain 100% consistent with the new routine you have set. If you start reverting back to the old times, change will take longer to implement.

Be patient: it can take time for your baby’s body clock to adapt to the new time change but you should be able to get things on track quite quickly!

Natalie 

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