It’s that time again! Winter is fast approaching and this not only means the fun of Halloween, Fireworks, and Christmas but also the dreaded clock change! This is something that so many parents worry about, particularly when they have spent so long getting their little people into wonderful sleep routines, only for it to be all thrown up into the air by the clocks going backward.
Panic not! Children and babies, in particular, are very adaptable and seem to adapt very well to changes in the body clock as long as they are managed and, if needed, adjusted gently. There are a few schools of thought when it comes to HOW to support your child with this, so here are our top 3 strategies you can use in the coming days….
Wednesday 27th October- 7.15 pm bedtime
Thursday 28th October- 7.30 pm bedtime
Friday 29th October- 7.45 bedtime
Saturday 30th October- 8 pm bedtime
Sunday 31st October- Back to 7 pm bedtime
The hope is that your child will also wake up 15 minutes later however, this is determined by their internal clock so may not happen. If it doesn’t, try to keep them in their room and in ‘night time mode’ 15 minutes longer to match their sleep time. To keep everything on track, ensure that you also offer naps and food 15 minutes later on these days too! By Sunday evening, you should be back on track with no further adjustments needed.
e.g. Nap at 9 becomes 9.30 am
Lunch at 11.30 becomes lunch at 12 pm
Afternoon nap at 12.30 becomes nap at 1 pm
Bedtime at 7 becomes bedtime at 7.30 pm
This gives their internal clock a chance to catch up with the change. By day 3 or 4 you should be able to ease back into your ‘normal’ schedule or routine with minimal stress!
Whatever you choose, when you fall back this October, Rest Assured, we are here to catch you.
Written by Rest Assured's qualified Sleep Consultant, Cherry Russell.
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