Clock Changes: How To Adjust Your Child’s Sleep

Here we go again! It feels like it has come round so fast. On the last Sunday in October the clocks are going back an hour – not necessarily the best news for any early risers out there! The prospect of a 5am wake turning into a 4am wake might send shivers down your spine (early Halloween mombie’s?).

While those without kids might be looking forward to an extra hour in bed, those with little ones could be up earlier than ever. However, there is hope! We have a few ways to approach the clock change to help your little one to adjust in advance.

  1. Do nothing. This is a great option if you have a baby or child on quite a flexible schedule. Just wait for them to wake up as usual, and go with the flow! Its also the least confusing!
  2. Split the difference – the night before the clock change put your little one to bed half an hour later. In theory this could be the little tweak that will help get them closer to the ‘new time.’
  3. If you have a baby on quite a regular schedule, and those who are sensitive to the clock change, I highly recommend preparing in advance. This would be a case of starting to push their bedtime back by 15 minutes each day for the few days in the lead up to the clock change. You will also need to adjust the rest of their schedule (naps, meals, feeds etc.) by the same amount of time.

Remember – with this clock change the mornings will be a little lighter – be sure to black out their bedrooms!

If your little one does wake up extra early try to keep things dark and boring for a little while to signal that its not quite time to get up yet. They will gradually adjust with time.

Make sure you and your little ones get lots of fresh air, natural light and exercise to help your internal body clocks to adjust (even if its cloudy, it still counts!)

If you are struggling with your little one’s sleep do check out our online courses and free resources.

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