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Help Your Child Adjust to the End of Daylight Savings Time Easily

Help Your Child Easily Adjust To The End of Daylight Savings Time

Getting your child to sleep through the night is no easy feat. You’ve researched websites or maybe even worked with me and you’ve FINALLY got your little one sleeping through the night.  Whoo hoo!

But just as your celebration begins, daylight savings comes to end.  The fun days of summer have flown by and the reality of fall begins to set in.  You can’t imagine going back to the way things were. 

You begin to sweat dreading the impeding changes to your restful night’s sleep.  You remember your pre-kid days when you would celebrate that extra hour of sleep.  Now it just seems like Mother Nature is taunting you.  She had a talk with Mr. Moon and Mrs. Sun and they’re in on it too.  Mr. Moon has agreed to go down early so Mrs. Sun can rise and shine 1 hour earlier. 

She’s devised a wicked plan to shine her beams directly into your child’s room.  And if that wasn’t enough, Mr. Rooster wants to get in on the fun too.  He plans to cockle his doo at 5am right outside your child’s window.

How dare they?!  You screech with horror!  Sigh in disbelief!  Tears of frustration slowly start to trickle down your cheeks. 

But don’t fret!  Help is on the way!  I’ve got some savvy daylight savings tips to help you outsmart Mother Nature and her gang of merry men.

 

Daylight Savings Time Ends at 2 a.m. on

Sunday, November 6, 2016

 

Tip 1 – Slow and Gentle Wins the Race

The National Sleep Foundation recommends a modified transition to help the body adjust slowly and to respond optimally to the time change.  Preparing your family for success is the key.  

Don’t add any new activities during the days which you are beginning the adjustment and keep your evening routine as consistent as possible.  Slowly begin adjusting your child’s internal clock by moving their naps and bedtime 15 minutes later. 

Your goal is to have your child adjusted to the end of daylight savings time on Sunday. 

The chart below is great example of the gradual method:

 

Transition Dates

Current Bedtime

New Bedtime

Monday, October 31 –

Tuesday, November 1

7:30 p.m.

7:45 p.m.

Wednesday, November 2-

Thursday, November 3

7:45 p.m.

8:00 p.m.

Friday, November 4-

Saturday, November 5

8:00 p.m.

8:15 p.m.

Set Clocks Back An Hour At Bedtime 

Sunday, November 6

 

7:30 p.m.

                 

Tip 2 – Get Outside

During the first couple of weeks following the end of daylight savings, many kids have trouble resetting their internal clocks (aka circadian rhythms) Help your child adjust to the time change by getting outside in the sun for about 20-30 minutes in the morning. 

This will help your child know it’s morning and easily help them reset to the new time.

 

Tip 3 – Revamp Your Schedule

On Sunday morning, don’t forget to adjust your family’s schedule to “fall back” to the end of daylight savings time.  Move your activities, naps and bedtimes to fall in line with the time change. 

Some younger kids may also need an additional nap during the day to make it until the new bedtime.  It may take a couple of days for everyone to get on board with time change but moving forward gradually should make it easier. 

 

Tip 4 – Be Consistently Patient

Some children take longer to adjust the time change.  Don’t get discouraged if your child’s internal clock doesn’t “fall back” right away.  Be patient.  Sticking to your routine will help your child become more at ease with the change. 

If you child is extremely tired and cranky, try putting them down for naps or bedtimes a little bit earlier until they fully adjust.  It may take several days but your child’s circadian rhythm will adjust to the new time.

 

So in the comments below, tell me..

Which of the 4 tips shared today could help you the most right now as you help your little one “fall back”, and what’s one step you can take to put this tip into action?

 

I look forward to hearing from you.

Sweet Dreams,

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