There are few things that cause parents more panic than the twice annual change in time. In just a few short weeks we have to deal with summer time final, which means when the time is read at 7:00 in the morning of the time change it will make feel As 8:00 In order to further complicate things, many can easily be confused with what these changes mean for their children's sleep schedule.
While some sleep experts argue that they change their child's sleep schedule in the weeks before the time change to help them adjust before time, I not only find the unnecessary but also ineffective setting. Babies are not aware of bells and their sleep cycles are regulated to a large extent by the sun, so my goal is to make the time change as simple as possible on both parents and babies.
First of all, start by thinking about the time your baby usually starts his day. For this example, let's use 7:00. If your child usually wakes up at 7:00 AM in the morning of the change of time, you should aim to make them start the day when the time goes by 6:30. This will be feel like 7:30 to your baby, only about 30 minutes after they usually start their day. Continue with that day as usual, make the child's entire schedule 30 minutes "earlier" at the clock (although it may take about 30 minutes later than children usually use). The bed time can be 30 minutes "earlier" at the time, or you can keep the child up at his "normal" bedtime around the clock. From the following day, you would simply get your baby up at his "normal" time at 7:00 when the clock reads and that day you should proceed as normal with its typical schedule, do it all the time instead of thinking about " but this one know like X-time to my baby. "
Of course, many families experience a few sleep disorders in their child's sleep for about 7-14 days after the time change. Please believe me, these disorders are normal and temporary and always resolve within 2 weeks of the time change, provided the parents are consistent about starting their baby's day at the same time each morning and provided that they ignore the fact that the clock changed. It usually takes only the human body about a day to adjust for each hour of a time change, meaning that if you travel to a time zone 3 hours before your own, you will be adjusted on days 3-4 of your trip. Infants tend to do the best when kept on their normal schedule before the time change and when they may change over 1-2 days after the time change.
And keep in mind, if you stay consistently, time change will be a slight blow, instead of a big problem in the fall and winter.
Natalie has spent the last 5 years of her life pursuing her passion – helping parents to teach their children how to get healthy sleep, day and night. She has worked with over 4000 families around the world and currently lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, children and wonderful kitten, Dennis. She is around the internet @ babysleep trainer and has created affordable sleep support support options at www.babysleeptrainer.com.