Farewell Daylight Savings

Have you missed a little bit of sunshine in your mornings? The great news is daylight savings ends this weekend on Sunday 7th of April at 3:00am. Your phone will probably change times for you but for those who need to change a few clocks 3:00am becomes 2:00am. I feel sorry for those poor Midwives and Nurses and other shift workers to have to do an extra hour for the love of it!
It takes a week or so to adjust to daylight savings so keep this in mind while your baby or child adapts to the time change. Children who have an established routine will find this change easier. A lot of parents are concerned about making this adjustment but I haven’t found this to be a big issue if your child knows how to self settle. With this transition your infant may become overtired and that's why I encourage you to allow a few days to make this transition.
Tips to make the adjustment just a little easier
In the days leading up to the change move their daily routine back by 10 minutes a day. That means bedtime that use to be 7pm is now 7:10pm
The following day you make the whole day that ten minutes later.
The second night bedtime is 7:20pm; you continue to do this until you have reached the desired time.
Make the bedroom as dark as possible
Maintain your nighttime routine with the same sleep associations (sleeping bag, teddy, dummy, white noise etc.)
Be patient
You may need to be a little tricky and pre record the favourite show if a certain show is part of the evening routine.
Don’t stay up too late yourself

 Tips to avoid during this adjustment
Try not to wear your children out. …An overtired child is really hard to get to sleep
Avoid making the transition in one go, allow a few days for the change to occur
Try to make the evening wind down as smooth as possible. Avoid any stimulating games or play just before bed

I hope your little one adjusts quickly and I’m looking forward to a few more early morning walks in sunshine. If you need help with daylight savings adjustment or your child’s sleep, book your free 15-minute consult today. This can be booked through the contact us page.