Special thanks to local mom Andrea Wilson, Pediatric Sleep Consultant and Owner of Sleep on Cue, for this helpful information!
This Sunday, March 12th at 2am we “Spring Forward” which means we lose an hour of sleep. Daylight Saving can get a really bad rap and is blamed for a lot of babies and toddlers sleep problems. But, if you know how to handle and can ride out a little time to adjust, your little one will be back to sleep in no time.
I suggest one of three options:
- WEDS: Bedtime 6:45pm
- THURS: Wake up 6:45am, Bedtime 6:30pm
- FRI: Wake up 6:30am, Bedtime 6:15pm
- SAT: Wake up 6:15am, Bedtime 6p
This way on Sunday night when you put them down back at the normal clock time of 7pm (it will really be 6pm and they should go down easier). If they typically sleep 12 hours they will wake at 7am (really 6am) and then can follow regular schedule. If your child is still napping move up nap time by 15 min each day as well.
3) Do absolutely nothing. Put your child to bed at their normal bedtime and let them wake up naturally. Then follow the current clock time for the rest of the day.
The other really important thing to remember is that there will be more exposure to light in the evening around bedtime so you might want to start dimming the lights around dinner time and definitely invest in some black out shades if you don’t already have. Some babies/children adjust quickly in a few days to the time change and others take about a week or a bit longer to adapt. When choosing an option, think about what your child will likely adapt to most easily based on temperament.