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Getting Your Baby Ready for the Spring Time Change

Is Your Baby Sleep Ready for the Spring Time Change?

The Spring time change is approaching and we move our clocks forward by one hour. Instead of rejoicing about more daylight and the fact that winter is almost over, parents everywhere await the horror. Yes, just when you have your baby on a great sleep schedule, Spring Daylight Savings Time hits and screws it all up!

Okay, let’s regroup and take a deep breath. There are a few ways you can prepare and handle this Spring time change and the easiest way to do it is to take the Wait it Out route. If you’re happy with your baby’s sleep schedule then simply keep wakeup and bedtime the same using the new adjusted time. You would wake your child at his usual time on the Sunday morning and carry on the day as usual. It will take a few days for your little one to adjust but they will fall into it, just as we do.

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You can also achieve your child’s desired wake time by using the Gradual Transition approach and slowly introducing yourself and your baby to the new time by waking up slightly earlier than usual, around 4 to 5 days before the clocks change. If your usual wake time is 6:30 am move it to 6:15 a.m., then 6:00 a.m. etc., so that once the clocks spring forward your child will have already adjusted to the new times. You can go as far as moving the entire day earlier by at least one hour, including meal times. It shouldn’t take more than a week for your child to adjust to the new time change.

It’s during this time change where it’s really important to make sure that your child’s sleep environment is conducive to sleep, meaning it’s set up to block out that early morning sun, and cover those lighter bedtimes. Bedtime battles can ensue because the sun is still out when it’s now bedtime, and we can start seeing more early morning visitors due to the early morning rising sun. Here are some tips to encourage morning sleep-ins and relaxed bedtimes:

Black-out blinds – Keeps those early sunrises banished from their room.

• White noise machines – These small portable devices can help drown out early morning bird chatter and traffic.

Toddler alarm clocks – You can set it to your desired bedtimes and wake times, making it easier for your child to understand and follow the schedule.

Quiet Time Box – These customized activity boxes can be used for bedtime and not just naps – Have them choose a puzzle or book that they can relax with until they fall asleep.

The important thing to remember is we go through these time changes twice and year and we always get through them with a little time and patience. Stick to your normal sleep rules, try not to pick up any new sleep habits, and wait while you and your little one adjusts. We got this!

 

Alanna McGinn

Alanna McGinn is a Certified Sleep Consultant and Founder of Good Night Sleep Site – a Global Pediatric and Family Sleep Team. She provides free child and family sleep support through her FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. She invites you to join her sleep community as she works towards Good Night Sleep Site’s mission of a healthier rested family unit. For more sleep tips please visit Good Night Sleep SiteJoin our movement and #BringBackBedtime.

 

Alanna McGinn
Alanna McGinn
Alanna McGinn is Founder and Certified Sleep Expert of Good Night Sleep Site, a global sleep consulting practice. She is host of the ‘This Girl Loves Sleep’ Podcast and author of ‘This Baby Loves Sleep’. Alanna has established the world-wide brand of Good Night Sleep Site as being a #1 sleep resource for families and her and her team of sleep consultants strive in helping families (baby to adults) and corporations overcome their sleep challenges and have well-rested smiles in the morning. You can find out more about Alanna McGinn and how to work with a Good Night Sleep Consultant at www.goodnightsleepsite.com and follow Alanna and all her sleep tips on Instagram - @GNSleepSite.
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3 comments on “Getting Your Baby Ready for the Spring Time Change

  1. Danielle on

    Such a great post. I’ve started weaning my 6 month old from the pacifier. I give him a little buddy to sleep with. He cries a bit at the strt if the nap so I out my hand on him or pat his bum a bit once he calms down I stop and he seems to fall asleep. Is this ok?

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  2. Tara on

    One question that has crossed my mind with my babies is when is it appropriate to introduce a stuffed animal, blanket, pillow, etc into the sleep environment? It is after 1 year? Also, there are crib mattresses which are firm for babies and softer for toddlers, but no explanation from the manufacturer of when the child can/should switch to a softer mattress (does toddler mean 1 year old/walking/18 months?). I always err on the side of caution, but I’d be interested in what you think about what age it is safe to make these changes.

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    • Alanna on

      Hi Tara! Yes you shouldn’t be introducing anything in your childs crib until the child is at least 1 years old. In terms of firmness of mattress I don’t think it’s necessary to change the crib mattress until the child is in a big kid bed 🙂 I hope that helps.

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