With seasons changing from summer to fall, we get a break from the heat, pumpkin spice everything, and the dreaded time change. For many of us, “Fall Forward” means one more blissful hour of sleep. However, the time change can lead to a stressful change in sleep quality for children. The good news is, it doesn’t have to be! With a few tips, you can fall forward like a champ and avoid unnecessary stress.
As tempting as it may be to keep your kiddos up an extra hour the night before daylight savings, don’t do it. Unfortunately, the extra hour awake will not equate to an extra hour of sleep in the morning. Put your child to bed on time the night before the change. Let them sleep till their scheduled wake-up time- they may be up before due to the time change, but let them stay in their crib as close to their wake time as possible. This applies to feeding, too; keeping your baby on a schedule is the best way to deal with daylight savings.
Throughout the day, keep up with the new time. Take advantage of the cool weather, play outside, go on walks, or go to the park. Your child may start to feel the time change before their nap, but hold out as best you can. Being consistent is essential; keep up with regular routines and utilize tools such as blackout curtains and sound machines. After about three to five days of adjusting to these changes, you and your little one will be back on track.