Time to spring forward!
by Adriana Lozada
Even though it it’s still snowing in this part of the world, spring is just around the corner. Longer days also mean Daylight Savings Time changes, and that can certainly wreak havoc with your child’s sleeping patterns. Here’s some ways you can prepare and minimize the effects.
Next Sunday, March 8th, you will wake up having to turn your clocks forward one hour.
Newborns and younger babies who don’t have a well established biological clock probably won’t be affected by the time change, but older babies, toddler and children are more likely to be thrown off by the drastic switch.
Early riser? You’re in luck!
If you have a particularly early riser, take advantage of this clock change! When the clock springs forward, the usual 6 am will be 7 am. Let her sleep “in”, and make her bedtime one hour later according to the clock. So if your child had a bedtime of 6 pm, then switch it with the clock to 7 pm. Biologically, she won’t know the difference, but according to the clock she will no longer be waking so early. Win-win.
Here are 4 ways you can help your child (or children) adjust to the time change: