As a mom, one of the challenges of daylight savings time in the spring is helping your baby or toddler adjust to the time change. Here are some tips that have worked well for me and my family:
1. Gradually adjust bedtime
In the week leading up to daylight savings time, gradually adjust your baby or toddler’s bedtime by 15-30 minutes each night. This can help them adjust to the time change more easily.
2. Keep a consistent routine
Babies and toddlers thrive on routine, so try to keep your usual routine as much as possible during the time change. This can help them feel more secure and comfortable.
3. Maximize sunlight exposure
Sunlight exposure can help regulate your baby or toddler’s sleep-wake cycle. Try to get them outside in the morning to soak up some sunlight and fresh air.
4. Adjust nap times
If your baby or toddler is struggling to adjust to the time change, consider adjusting their nap times as well. You can gradually shift their nap time by 15-30 minutes each day until they are back on schedule
If your baby or toddler is having trouble falling asleep because of the extra daylight in the evening, consider using blackout curtains in their room. This can help create a darker, more conducive sleep environment.
6. Be patient
It can take some time for babies and toddlers to adjust to the time change, so be patient and give them some extra love and attention during this time.
Remember to take care of yourself during this time as well. Get plenty of rest, eat well, and try to manage your stress levels as much as possible. Try writing in a journal, like this one.
Helping your baby or toddler adjust to daylight savings time in the spring can be a challenge, but with these tips, you can help ease the transition and create a smooth adjustment period. By keeping a consistent routine, maximizing sunlight exposure, and being patient, you can help your little one get back on track in no time