How to Ease into Daylight Saving with a Baby or Toddler

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Daylight Saving

Start of Daylight Saving Time – Southern Hemisphere

We've reached that time of year where the nights are lighter, and the sun is setting later (hello SUMMER, we're so ready!) While it seems like you'll be losing one extra hour of sleep to gain more sunshine, your little one will likely be wide awake at 9pm (boo).

While moving the clock forward one hour is something that makes us sleepy for a couple of days, our adult bodies adjust to the change reasonably quick.

It can take toddlers and babies a little longer to get back into the swing of things. We understand the confusion of adjusting your little one's sleep. To help ease you into the swing of things, we have asked the team at ergoPouch what their top tips are for adapting to the time changes.

Start of Daylight Saving | Tips From The Mamas at ergoPouch

Amanda, Mama to Raf 4.5 years + Felix 10.5 months

"We have to put our clocks forward, so why can't we put baby's clock backward to align their body clocks? Over the week leading up put your little one to bed 10 earlier each day. This process has worked well for my now almost 5-year-old and 10 month old.

To guarantee Raf gets down smoothly, we dress him in his 1.0 TOG Sleep Suit Bag, and the Bodywear Singlet. Felix is in his 1.0 TOG Jersey Bag, a 0.2 TOG Long Sleeve Layer, and on cooler nights we add the Arm Warmers over his Jersey Bag. Each Pouch is the boy's sleep association cues they see their pieces and know it's time for bed."

 

Jess, Mama to Hunter 15.5 months

"This is my second experience with Daylight Saving, my key is to stick to our routine, routine, routine. My husband and I will ensure Hunter is on the same schedule; it keeps things regular for our little one. We're going to try to prevent difficulties by getting him ready a few days before the clock change.

We're settling Hunter down 10 minutes earlier from tonight and will continue to do so until the clock changes. Our little one loves the ergoPouch 1.0 TOG Sheeting Bag. As the weather starts to warm up, we will mix and match the Long Sleeve Layers in 0.2 TOG and Short Sleeve Layers to keep him nice and comfortable.

Hunter will only sleep in complete darkness. Our saving grace is the Window Blockout. Friends, I can't recommend this product enough. Easy to use, blocks 100% of the light and looks great in any nursery. Hot tip for all those parents worrying about putting sheets up!"

 

Amanda B, Marketing Manager Mum to Emme 3 years + Seb 5 years

"We try to live by the following steps and ensure we are kind to ourselves and the kids. It can feel a lot like jetlag, try and take a nap where possible.

Read your baby's sleep cues. Their internal clock is more powerful than any clock we go by. Make sure your little one is comfortable at night, ensure you have the correct TOG and style on your little ones as per the temperature. You can always follow our What to Wear Guide for any further advice.

I keep my son, who is a little older, in the same routine on the day of the change. He is aware of what is going on and can fall asleep with the sun still shining outside. His internal schedule works itself out within a day or two. We find the kids are always ready for bed from the endless outdoor adventures they're on.

At this time of year, my 5-year-old sleeps in his 0.2 TOG Pyjamas, in his big bed with blankets. Seb loves getting into his Pyjamas and snuggling up with a book before lights out. Our little girl switches between a few styles; however, for now, she is in her 1.0 TOG Sleep Suit Bag. We also put Emme in her 0.2 TOG Long Sleeve Layers, the organic fibres are ideal for her sensitive skin, and the 0.2 TOG keeps her nice and warm during the tran-seasonal weather."

 

Julie, Marketing Mum to Zoe 2 years

"I will put my daughter down 30 minutes earlier than usual on Saturday, 3 October; I hope her internal schedule works itself out within a day or two. If not, we will get her routine back to on track within the week. We can read a few extra books and have a few more cuddles. Bliss.

We have chosen to put our little girl into the 1.0 TOG Sleep Onesie. Our little girl likes the extra room for movement (she moves a lot) without the need for blankets, Zoe also will wear a 0.2 TOG Long Sleeve Layer underneath for added warmth, Zoe is known to wear her Layers throughout the day. They're so cute, so why not!

Remember, what's going to work with each family is entirely different. You may want to introduce some calming activities or quiet time before bed, dim the lights and make it clear bedtime is coming. The good news, within a week or two, baby, toddler, and you will adjust to the time change naturally."

 

Start of Daylight Saving | Sample Bedtime Plan

Daylight Saving Bedtime Plan

For the start of Daylight Saving, if you decide to get ready a few days in advance, you may have more chance of your little ones not staying up all hours of the night following the time change.

Assuming you have a 7pm bedtime

Tuesday: 6.50pm
Wednesday: 6.40pm
Thursday: 6:30 pm
Friday: 6.20pm
Saturday: 6.10 pm (DST starts)
Sunday: 7.00 pm

Daylight Saving Time starts | 4 OCTOBER 2020 (the first Sunday in October). 

Australian States: ACT, NSW, SA, TAS, VIC

When local daylight time is about to reach; Sunday, 4 October 2am clocks are turned FORWARD 1 hour to Sunday, 4 October, 3am.

New Zealand Daylight Saving Time | 27 September 2020

Sunday, 27 September 2am clocks are turned FORWARD 1 hour to Sunday, 27 September 3am.

Good luck, you've got this!

Happy family wearing ergoPouch sleepwear

End of Daylight Saving Time - Northern Hemisphere

Daylight Saving allows us to make the most of the cooler evenings in Autumn and Winter, by jumping into a nice warm bed, early. While moving the clocks back an hour gives us of extra sleep in it can still put us out; however, our adult bodies adjust to the change reasonably quick. It can take toddlers and babies a little longer to get back into the swing of things. We understand the fear of change affecting our little one's sleep and have compiled our top tips for adjusting to the time change.

End of Daylight Saving Tips

Prepare a few days ahead of the time change by making small adjustments to your little one's routine, i.e. 15mins later bedtime & waketime the following morning for three days prior. Minor changes will help your child to adjust their body clock gradually. Stick to the same schedule; it keeps things regular for you and your little one. Make sure your little one is sleeping comfortably in appropriate sleepwear and layers according to the temperature. See our handy Temperature - What To Wear Guide Have some patience with your child while they adjust to the time change; they may be a little tired and grumpy for a week or so.

END of Daylight Saving | Sample Bedtime Plan

If you continue with your current bedtime schedule, your little ones may find it hard to settle for sleep on the first day of Daylight Saving as it will be an hour later than their bedtime the previous day. If you can prepare ahead of the time change, you can adjust their wake up & bedtime by 15 minutes for three days before.

You can start a few days before the following example:

*7.00 pm bedtime for example
Wednesday: 7.00 pm
Thursday: 7:15 pm
Friday: 7.30pm
Saturday: 7.45 pm
Sunday: 7.00 pm (DST Ends)

You can further support your child to adjust by also waking them in the morning, offering mealtimes & naps 15 minutes later.

If you have missed out on getting ready ahead of Daylight Saving, you can apply the same method for the first week following the time change. Your child will be used to going to sleep at 8.00 pm (7.00 pm before the time change) and may be extra tired from having to wake up earlier.

Daylight Saving Time Ends 25 October 2020 (UK)

Sunday, 25 October, 2am clocks are turned BACK 1 hour to Sunday, October, 1am.

Daylight Saving Time Ends 1 November 2020 (US)

Sunday, 1 November 2am clocks are turned BACK 1 hour to Sunday, 1 November, 1am.

 

With love and sleep wishes,

eP X