Sleep is a commodity in homes with babies and toddlers, and parents often do everything they can to prevent a sleep regression.
If you’re a parent to a little one, you may be dreading the day the clock falls back one hour and inevitably throws off your baby’s internal clock.
This year, daylight savings will happen on November 6. While the day is fast approaching, you’ve still got plenty of time to start preparing your child for the time change.
What to do
To avoid losing any ground in sleep training once daylight savings hits, the sleep consultants at Dream Baby Sleep recommend preparing a plan ahead of time.
The first step? Identify the type of child you have. If your child isn’t very adaptable to things like a missed nap or a too-late bedtime, consider implementing a gradual change beginning nine days before daylight savings.
If your child isn't adept at handling sudden changes to their sleep schedule, consider following these tips for a smoother transition:
- Slow change. Nine days before the time change, parents can start pushing their child’s nap and bedtime schedule later by 15 minutes every three days.
- Embrace the new clock. Once you’ve changed your clocks, put the old clock out of your mind immediately. In other words, don’t calculate what your child’s bedtime would have been yesterday. Adjusting quickly can make it easier for your kids to do the same.
- Keep kids’ rooms dark. With the sun making an earlier appearance in the mornings, kids may be tempted to rise earlier. Black out shades can help darken your child’s room and keep them sleeping soundly.
- Don’t wake your baby earlier than 6 AM. On the day of the time change (and beyond, if necessary), avoid getting your baby up before 6 AM. If you're consistent with these 6 AM wake-ups, the experts at Dream Baby Sleep say the early rising will resolve itself.