SLEEP TIPS: Dealing with Daylight Savings (Spring Forward)

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By Janeen Hayward, Principal of Swellbeing, BCB’s Resident Sleep Expert, Potty Training Expert, Positive Discipline Expert + More Sunday morning (March 8th) at 2 o’clock a.m. the clock springs forward. This means that we lose one hour of sleep and gain one hour of sunlight. For some, this is a welcome change because it means that your tot may sleep in a little later. For others it may raise questions about how to keep your child on your current schedule. Here are some tips to guide all of you.

Scenario A: Would like to take advantage of the time change to move your child’s schedule forward by an hour.

1. Put your child to bed on Saturday night per usual. Move your clocks ahead one hour.

2. Let your child sleep until s/he awakens naturally. If that is normally 6:00 a.m., the clocks will now read 7:00 a.m.

3. Proceed with your day but be sure to put your child down one hour later per the clock (i.e. nap used to take place from 12:00-2:00, now takes place from 1:00-3:00; bedtime was 7:00 p.m. but is now 8:00 p.m.).

Scenario B: Want to keep current schedule/clock time going forward

1. Put your child to bed on Saturday night per usual. Move your clocks ahead one hour.

2. Wake your child up at his/her normal wake up time per the new clock. This means that your child will lose one hour of sleep overnight.

3. Proceed with your daily schedule using the current clock (ie naps used to occur @ 9, 12 and 4 still occur at those times).

If you’d like to take baby steps, you can wake your child up 30 minutes early tomorrow morning (Friday) and another 30 minutes early on Sunday. This will get you to the *new* time a bit more gradually.

Janeen Hayward is the Principal of Swellbeing, a complete parenting resource.  Swellbeing specializes in smart solutions and sympathetic support for modern parents—and their kids. Simply put, they’re the missing manual to parenthood.For more information visit Janeen’s blog where she writes about parenting topics on a regular basis.  Janeen regularly speaks at Bump Club and Beyond events on sleep, positive discipline, potty training, preparing for a second sibling and more.

 

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