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Getting sorted for daylight savings!

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Daylight savings……….

 

Testimonials for Belinda Smalls Sleep Consultant Wanaka, Otago

This is one of the only times you will be thankful for an early riser! Does your child currently wake before 7am? If so, when daylight savings starts next week your baby/toddler should be right on schedule.

Even though the clocks are changing keep in mind the 3 things that reset your child’s circadian rhythm each day lightfood and social interaction, so remember to keep this in mind when your encouraging your child to sleep later in the morning.

Daylight savings can be a stressful time especially if your little angel has just started sleeping perfectly! It doesn’t need to be that scary, I promise. Depending on what type of parent you are, you can either prepare your child in the week leading up to daylight savings or wait until the clocks change to see how it affects your child’s sleep.

If you do want to plan ahead then its not as complicated as you may think. Because the clocks will be going forward an hour next Sunday  you just need to spend the upcoming week gently manipulating your child’s bed time, nap times and feeds by 15 mins every day or two until you have reached 1 hour. So if your child’s day time routine is from 7am -7pm then next week would look something like this

Below is only an example routine so it would mean adjusting whatever your routine is now by 15 mins every day or two until it has moved backwards by an hour.

******WEEK PRIOR*******

Monday 

  • Wake your child  15 mins earlier at 645am instead of 7am, feeds and naps would also be 15 mins earlier than normal also bedtime would be 645pm instead of 7pm.

Tuesday 

  • Remains the same as Monday

Wednesday 

  • Wake your child 30 mins earlier at 630am instead of 7am, feeds and naps would be 30mins earlier than normal also bedtime would be 30 mins earlier at 630pm instead of 7pm

Thursday 

  • Remains the same as Wednesday

Friday 

  • Wake your child 45 mins earlier at 615am instead of 7am, feeds and naps throughout the day would be 45 mins earlier than normal also bedtime would be 45 mins earlier so 615pm instead of 7pm.

Saturday 

  • Remains the same as Friday

Sunday 

Wake your baby an hour earlier than normal, but because the clocks have been put forward 6am is now 7am.

If you would prefer to wait until daylight savings hits to see how it affects your child then this is also fine. If you feel as though you need some help just start by applying the same method as above.

Below is only an example routine so it would mean adjusting whatever your routine is now by 15 mins, 30 and 45 mins over a period of a week to gently manipulate your child’s sleep pattern.

******WEEK AFTER******

Monday 

  • Wake your child 15 mins earlier at 745am instead of 8am, feeds and naps would be 15 minutes earlier than normal also, bedtime would be at 745pm instead of 8pm

Tuesday 

  • Remains the same as Monday

Wednesday 

  • Wake your child 30mins earlier at 730am instead of 8am, feeds and naps would be 30 mins earlier than normal also, bedtime would be at 730pm instead of 8pm.

Thursday 

  • Remains the same as Wednesday

Friday 

  • Wake your child 45mins ealier at 715am instead of 8am, feeds and naps would be 45 mins earlier than normal also, bedtime would be at 715pm instead of 8pm.

Saturday 

  • Remains the same as Friday

Sunday 

  • Wake your child 1 hour earlier at 7am instead of 8am, feeds and naps should now be an hour earlier than normal, also bedtime will now be at 7pm instead of 8pm.

I understand that every baby is individual and the above is just a guide. If you require any help at all to do with your child’s sleeping then feel free to make contact through the website www.allthingsbaby.co.nz or call 021 741 781 for a free 15 min consult.

 

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