Starting Sunday March 13th, clocks will be set forward one hour: “spring forward.”
You can help your baby/toddler by starting to adjust ahead of the time change. Starting Tuesday night (March 8th) begin to put baby down 10 minutes earlier for bed. You can do this by comforting, singing or reading, and starting the bedtime ritual/routine 10 minutes earlier. Do this for the rest of the week, so when the time change does happen, your baby or toddler will have slowly adjusted to the new time.
If your child’s bedtime is 7:00pm, it will look like this:
Tues. 6:50pm bedtime
Wed. 6:40pm bedtime
Thurs. 6:30pm bedtime
Fri. 6:20pm bedtime
Sat. 6:10pm bedtime
Sun. 7pm bedtime (new time, old time would have been 6pm)
You may notice that your child may start yawning at 5 or 6pm. Alternatively, you may notice that your baby is waking up earlier, at 6am or earlier. You can take the time to darken up your child’s room with darkening drapes, or shades, to help them to sleep a little later.
Also, you can take this time to make some schedule/routine adjustments. For example, if your baby goes to bed on the early side and wakes early in the morning (5/6pm-5/6am) you may decide to keep his bedtime the same without using the 10-minute adjustments suggested above. So, if your baby goes to bed at 6pm, don’t make any adjustments and with the time change and his new bedtime will be 7pm.
It takes about a week for baby/toddler to adjust to the new time. Your little one may be a bit cranky, or seem more tired and may need more nap times during the day. Adjust to your child’s needs and put down for a nap 15 minutes earlier if your child seems overly tired. Otherwise, stick to your routine and keep the daytime naps the same time.