Adjusting baby to the time change. 6 things you need to know

Daylight saving time ends. We set our clocks back one hour, getting 60 minutes of sleep extra. Many over-worked adults may see it as great opportunity to get extra sleep. Finally! For grown-ups, it is a small change but for children, it may be quite a big one. Here are some tips that will help adjust your baby to the time change and go through this period gently.


Be gentle

None of us like rapid changes. Children in particular. That’s why it’s the best to start preparations for fall time change a few days before. Put your baby to bed 10 to 20 minutes earlier than usual bedtime, moving the time back every few days till you reach a full hour. If you do that, your kid will hardly notice the time difference. Remember to change the time of naps and meals to fit new bedtime.


Routine is important

It is obvious, that children need routine. It makes them feel safe and secure. In this hard transition period of the time change, stick to a daily routine even more than usual. It will help your baby make the adjustment to the fall time change without major problems.


Provide good environment

Make sure that your baby gets the best sleep environment. Some parents tend to overheat children by dressing them too warmly or selecting a higher heating level, especially during autumn and winter. In fact, the temperature at night should be slightly lower and hover around 20 degrees. Open the window and let some fresh air into the room before getting your child to bed will also help him/her to fall asleep easily.

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Make sure your is child well-rested

Experienced parents will agree, that exhausted kid is cranky and might be difficult at times. Overtiredness is not going to help your child sleep better. It may cause problems with falling asleep, impact sleep quality and can cause an early rising. So before upcoming fall time change make sure, that your child is well-rested.


Be compassionate

For grown-ups, the time change isn’t such a big deal. Remember that for children are a little bit different. They are more sensitive to changes in the routine. With the calm and empathic approach, you’ll be able to help your baby to prepare his/her sleep schedule for the fall time change.


Take advantage of a situation

If your toddler is about 4-5 you can use time change as an opportunity to teach him/her how to read a clock and for younger children it is a great time to introduce a toddler clock. Just tell him/her how it works and why he/she must go to bed earlier. Kids can understand much more than we think.

If you are well prepared for the fall time change you shouldn’t have any troubles with the transition and adjusting your baby to the time change. I hope advice listed above will help you. Don’t forget to change your clocks! Good luck!

Sleep well,

 Ola & Dorota 

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