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How to Survive Daylight Saving with a Baby or Toddler

How to Survive Daylight Saving with a Baby or Toddler

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Start of Daylight Saving

Daylight Saving Time (DST) allows us to make the most of the light in Spring & Summer. While moving the clocks forward an hour ‘robs’ us of an hour overnight, 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.

Start of daylight saving - Tips

1. Prepare a few days ahead of the time change by making small adjustments to your little one’s routine i.e. 15mins earlier bedtime & waketime the following morning for 3 days prior. Small changes will help your child to adjust their body clock gradually.

2. Stick to the same schedule; it keeps things regular for you and your little one.
3. Ensure their bedroom windows are not letting in additional light after the time change, it will be lighter for longer in the evenings. You may find it is harder to convince your child that it is sleep time if their bedroom is lighter than usual. We suggest using our White Window Blockout to encourage your little one to sleep.
4. 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
5. 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

Start 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 earlier than their bedtime the previous day. If you are able to prepare ahead of the time change, you can adjust their wake up & bedtime by 15 minutes for 3 days prior to the 08 March

Daylight savings starts Sunday 08th March

Starting, 3 days ahead, Thursday 5th March - bedtime 15mins earlier
(7.30pm bedtime for example)

Wed: 7.30pm
Thu:  7:15pm
Fri:    7.00pm
Sat:   6.45pm – apply the window blockout blinds
Sun:  7.30pm (DST starts)

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

If you have missed out on preparing 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 8.30pm (7.30pm prior to the time change) and may be extra tired from having to wake up earlier. 

Daylight Saving Time Starts 8th March at 2am (turn clock forward 1 hour), 2020 (excluding Arizona)
Sunday 01 November – daylight savings ends


The Must-Have Window Blockout for Daylight savings!

 The reusable static cling Window Blockout is the perfect answer for babies and toddlers who need total darkness in their room to sleep. Available in WHITE on both sides, to fit in seamlessly with your nursery decor. The outer side reflects light away from the room to help regulate the temperature of the room for a more pleasant sleep.


Why total darkness?

Some babies and toddlers may have difficulty sleeping in a room that has light in it, whether during daytime naps, or early morning light creeping in the curtains. Blocking out the light during naps can help to:

Remove visual distraction

From 6 weeks old, your baby will become more social, and begin to find shapes and movement interesting. For perceptive and alert children, sleeping in a room with lots of things to look at may deter them from sleeping. Blocking out light can remove these visual distractions.

Promote melatonin

The wonderful sleep-regulating hormone melatonin is suppressed by light. Research has shown young children’s eyes let more light in, and are more sensitive to light exposure than adults. Bright lights present around sleep times can be detrimental to helping your child’s body develop a melatonin-secretion rhythm i.e. a ‘body clock’.

Regulate a ‘body clock’

A ‘body clock’ is important in giving the body signals for when it is time to sleep. For babies who have come out of a constantly dark womb, research shows we can help them develop their body clock by exposing them to light and dark environments at the appropriate awake/sleep intervals.

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Good luck, you’ve got this!

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