Adjusting Baby Sleep Routines to the End of Daylight Savings

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Adjusting Baby Sleep Routines to the End of Daylight Savings
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Each spring we set our clocks forward one hour and each fall when Daylight Savings ends, we set them back one hour. This can cause a bit of havoc to your baby’s sleep schedule. This Sunday, November 3rd, marks the end of Daylight Savings for 2013 and I’ve got some tips to help you get your little one through a change in sleep schedule.

Take Baby Steps to Shift Your Baby’s Sleep Schedule

Changing a baby’s bedtime schedule isn’t always the easiest thing to do, but remember we are going to take baby steps to get ready for this shift in time. Instead of Sunday night being stuck with trying to figure out how you will put your baby to bed an hour later, start by moving bedtime up by 10 minutes each day. This means in less than a week you will be back on track with putting your baby to bed at the normal time.

Your baby falling asleep on a bedtime routine and schedule took time for your baby to learn didn’t it? That’s because you used a regular routine to help your baby know when it is time for bed. Simply putting your baby to bed one hour later for one night isn’t going to change anything. They need that routine and schedule to be regular before they will adjust. Short incremental changes are a great way to acclimate baby to the new bedtime.

Depending on the age of your baby, you may find the length of time required for her to adjust to be longer than you might have expected. Younger babies tend to adjust fairly quickly because they haven’t quite developed their circadian rhythms (what helps them learn that night time is for sleeping). Their sleep is already only a few hours at a time, so adjusting isn’t quite as big of an ordeal.

Older babies who have developed circadian rhythms, around 7 or 8 months old, have become accustomed to a certain sleep schedule if you are in fact using a schedule and may struggle a bit more with the time change. Of course, you may have the type of baby who does well with change and you can simply just adjust their time incrementally and they will be fine with it from day one. Only you know your baby and you will need to be in tune with his or her needs.

Be Prepared for Early Rising

Even though you may adjust your baby’s bedtime routine to happen an hour later to adjust for Daylight Savings, it doesn’t necessarily mean baby will wake an hour later to compensate right away. Overtime, the schedule will shift and go back to normal but until then be patient and understand that this is a big change in time for your baby too.

To help your baby sleep a little longer in the morning try using some room darkening shades to keep the sunlight out first thing in the morning. This will help your baby to understand it is still time for sleep.

You might be thinking that if you put your baby to bed an hour later, she will just be more tired and therefore sleep longer. This actually doesn’t seem to be the case when it comes to babies. Being overtired can actually lead to waking up earlier and even have a difficult time sleeping through the night.

Take Care of You!

You may be a bit more tired than usually having to wake up an extra hour early for awhile and we all know how lack of sleep makes us feel. Keep that in mind when planning your own bedtime. You may want to catch a few extra Z’s yourself by adjusting your “go to bed” time to an hour earlier until your baby is back on schedule.

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