Mother Nature is a phenomenal thing. Commanding land, sea and sky, she is also responsible for the changing of time. Sunday, October 1 marks the start of daylight savings and for many parents, a new challenge when it comes to their sleeping baby.
Given that daylight savings doesn’t just happen overnight, the gradual shift means you may have already noticed your child has begun to wake earlier than usual.
With our clocks (EST) moving forward one hour, sunrise and fall will bring more light to our day. Thanks to 21st century technology, adult sleep routines remain virtually unchanged with the automated update of time (and alarms). For children and babies, a little extra daylight can make sleeping a challenge.
Once you’ve wound your clocks back, there are a few more things you can do to get back into routine. The first of which is ensuring there are no cracks for light to creep in before it’s welcome.
Before your bub has the opportunity to get out of routine, start preparing by getting a weeks jump on daylight savings and putting your little one down at 7pm and 7am according to the new clock. This gives you and bub more time to adjust before the sun creeps in. The same rule applies for naps so be sure to put bub down at their normal time on the new clock and don’t let them catch more ‘zzz’s than normal.
Surprisingly, the second key to adjusting is being sure to get bub out into the sunshine. This will help their body clock adjust to the new time.
Above all else, remember that while this isn’t meant to be easy, it is imperative that you remain patient and determined. Despite daylight savings being a challenging time for many families, being consistent with your routine will ensure the change isn’t far away.
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