Day Light Savings advice.
Day Light Savings – a time that every parent, even the ones with the best sleepers, dread! The time will be moving forward by an hour on 27 September so you are essentially loosing an hour eg 7pm bedtime becomes 8pm bedtime. There are a few things that you can do to help your babies adjust, depending on weather you are proactive or reactive – see the “action plan” below. The examples are based on your day being 7am-7pm
Move naps backwards by 15 minutes every day or 2 until they have moved an hour backwards over a week.
If you are proactive –
|Monday||Wake up 15 minutes earlier so 6.45am not 7am||Offer feeds and naps 15mins earlier than usual||Bed time 6.45pm instead of 7pm|
|Tuesday||Same as Monday||Offer naps and feeds 15 minutes earlier than usual||Same as Monday|
|Wednesday||Wake up at 6.30am||Offer feeds and naps 30 minutes earlier than usual||Bed time 6.30pm|
|Thursday||Same as Wednesday||Offer naps and feeds 30 minutes earlier than usual||Same as Wednesday|
|Friday||Wake up at 6.15am||Offer naps and feeds 45 minutes earlier than usual||Bed time 6.15pm|
|Saturday||Same as Friday||Offer naps and feed 45 minutes earlier than usual||Same as Friday|
|Sunday||7am wake up! (old 6am)||Nap and feed times back to normal times on new clock time!||7pm bed time again (6pm old time)|
If you are reactive
|Monday||Wake up 15 minutes earlier so 7.45am new time||Offer naps and feeds 15 minutes earlier||Bed time 7.45pm instead of 8pm|
|Tuesday||Same as Monday||Offer naps and feeds 15 minutes earlier||Same as Monday|
|Wednesday||wake up time 7.30am||Offer naps and feeds 30 minutes earlier||Bed time 7.30pm|
|Thursday||Same as Wednesday||Offer naps and feed 30 minutes earlier||Same as Wednesday|
|Friday||wake up at to 7.15am||Offer naps and feeds 45 minutes earlier||Bed time 7.15pm|
|Saturday||Same as Friday||Offer naps and feed 45 minutes earlier||Same as Friday|
|Sunday||7am wake up!||Nap and feed times have been pushed forward an hour||7pm bed time|
Babies daily biological clocks or rhythms are regulated by when they feed, sleep and when they are exposed to light and darkness, so by moving their exposure to these things by 15 mins we help them to gradually adjust their clocks.
Also make sure that with these lighter evenings and mornings their rooms are super dark to encourage better sleep. Check out www.sleepytot.co.nz or www.cruisybaby.co.nz for a great range of black out solutions or sleep trainer clocks for your toddlers.
Baby Sleep Consultant Tauranga
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