Day light Savings Changes

As the summer ends day light savings is also ending, which means its time to put the clock back an hour.

But what does that mean for your child’s sleep? Don’t worry the end of daylight savings, doesn’t need to interfere with all of the hard work you have done! Your baby’s 7pm bedtime doesn’t need to be 6pm, and their 5:30am wake up doesn’t have to be a terrifying 4:30am!

Lets look at the science behind changing your babies naps, food times and bed time in order to get ready for this day light savings change.

Babies’ biological rhythms are set by food, light and social interaction, so by using these three elements, you have two options to solve the problem. This is what you can do to:

The aim is to move your child’s sleep, food and social interactions forward in small increments of time over the period of a week. You can do this either the week before daylight savings ends, or afterwards. To help your child cope with the change, distract them with quiet cuddles or fun games. It also helps to be in the sunlight first thing in the morning and late in the afternoon. These tables assume that your child is on a 7am-7pm schedule. If that’s not the case, adjust it to suit.

Day light savings change schedules:

If you start the week before daylight savings ends:

Wake Up Time Adjustments Feed and Nap Adjustments Bedtime Adjustments
Monday 7:15am 15 minutes later than usual. 7:15pm
Tuesday Same as Monday Same as Monday Same as Monday
Wednesday 7:30am 30 minutes later than usual. 7:30pm
Thursday Same as Wednesday Same as Wednesday Same as Wednesday
Friday 7:45am 45 minutes later than usual. 7:45pm
Saturday Same as Friday Same as Friday Same as Friday
Sunday – daylight savings ends 7:00am 1 hour later than usual. 7:00pm

If you start the day after daylight savings ends:

Wake Up Time Adjustments Feed and Nap Adjustments Bedtime Adjustments
Sunday – daylight savings ends 7:45am 15 minutes earlier than usual. 7:45pm
Monday Same as Sunday Same as Sunday Same as Sunday
Tuesday 7:30am 30 minutes earlier than usual 7:30pm
Wednesday Same as Tuesday Same as Tuesday Same as Tuesday
Thursday 7:15am 45 minutes earlier than usual 7:15pm
Friday Same as Thursday Same as Thursday Same as Thursday
Saturday 7:00am 1 hour earlier than usual. 7:00pm

If your child was previously a much too early riser, the time change can be a blessing in disguise. Because there is now an extra hour to re-settle your child from 5-7am, you will be far more likely to be able to move the wake up time to 7am than you would have been with the previous 1-hour window.

If you have the opposite problem, and your child’s bedtime was too late, an extra early bedtime will help them to go to sleep and sleep more soundly.

If you’re struggling with short naps, broken nights, and early starts, day light savings might be the new start you need to start working on this! Check out this quick read.

We would like to know how you went with the change, let us know! Comment below.

Aimee: Baby Sleep Consultant, Sydney
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