For those of you based in New Zealand and Australia on Sunday April 4, 2020, clocks are moving backwards by one hour as daylight savings ends. What does this mean for your baby's or toddler's sleep and what can you do to not disrupt their sleep too much? Read on for all the tips on how to deal with the end of daylight savings. Changing your little one’s internal clock It is important to change your little one’s internal clock well before daylight savings ends to ensure their sleep does not get disrupted too much. Trying to adjust to daylight savings in one day can leave us feeling jet lagged and out of sync which is why it is best to prepare for the change gradually. In order to change your baby’s internal biological clock we need to use the 3 zeitgebers (timegivers) food, light, and social interaction.
What does this mean? It means that your child’s body has to be re-trained to the new time using food, light and social interaction. So it is not enough to simply adjust your little one’s nap and bedtime, you also need to adjust meals and milk feeds. Since most children will not respond to this change within one day, doing it gradually will result in a much less stressful transition. Preparing for the end of daylight savings
There are two ways to go about preparing for the upcoming time change. You can either do this proactively starting 6 days before or re-actively starting after clocks have moved backwards. The below strategies are based on a 7 am - 7 pm schedule but can be adjusted to fit any schedule.
Monday wake up at 7.15 am, offer feeds and naps 15 min later, bedtime 7.15 pm instead of 7 pm
Tuesday same as Monday
Wednesday wake up at 7.30 am, offer feeds and naps 30 min later than usual, bedtime 7.30 pm
Thursday same as Wednesday
Friday wake up 7.45 am, offer feeds and naps 45 min later than usual, bedtime 7.45 pm
Saturday same as Friday
Sunday wake up at 7 am (old 8 am), naps and feed time back to normal times on new clock time, 7 pm bedtime again (old 8 pm)
Sunday wake up 15 min earlier so 7.45 am new time, offer naps and feeds 15 min earlier, bedtime 7.45 pm
Monday same as Sunday
Tuesday wake up 7.30 am, offer naps and feeds 30 min earlier, bedtime 7.30 pm
Wednesday same as Tuesday
Thursday wake up 7.45 am, offer naps and feeds 45 min earlier, bedtime 7.15 pm
Friday same as Thursday
Saturday wake up at 7 am, offer naps and feeds 1 hour earlier, bedtime at 7 pm
For early risers the time change can be used to your advantage as there is an extra hour to be used to re-settle your little one. This will increase your chances to successfully move your baby's or toddler's wake up time to 7 am immensely.
Comment below and let me know how you went with the end of daylight savings.