How To Help Your Child With Daylight Savings Ending

Updated: Mar 29, 2021

If you are located in a state that has Daylight Savings you will be well aware of Daylight Savings ending very soon. The end of Daylight Savings sees us turn the clocks backwards by 1 hour giving us an extra hour on the first day.

As adults, we can feel the effects the time change has on us which can leave us worried about how our babies or children are going to cope. Especially when we have an extra hour we need to account for!

There are three different approaches you can take to help your little one adjust to the changing of the clocks. The first option involves preparing in advance, the second option is allowing the change to happen and then making slow adjustments and the third option is to just wing it and change with the clock.

If you are choosing the first option and would like to be armed and ready for the change of the clock then you will be working on this for the week leading up to Daylight Savings by moving your little one's naps, bedtime and feed times forwards by 15 minutes every second day until you reach the end of the week. This then brings you to the correct time when the clocks change. If your little one is no longer a baby/toddler, just adjusting the time they start the day and their bedtime by the 15 minutes every second day is what you will need to focus on. The second option is the same principle as the first however you will wait until the clocks have changed and then work on the adjustment for the week after daylight savings. This is by moving your little one's naps, bedtime and feed times by 15 minutes every second day but moving them backwards until you are back to your regular schedule at the end of that week or just focusing on the start of the day and their bedtime for older children. By moving your little one's routine by 15 minutes every second day, we are helping their biological clock gradually adjust and therefore it can mean it is a much smoother process.

If this all seems too hard and too much to think about, then the third option is to just wing it and follow the time on the clock on the first day of Daylight Savings ending. If your little one is still a baby, you may find this option difficult as it does mean you need to stretch your little one's awake times for a total of one extra hour throughout the day. This can make it quite a messy day and can risk your baby becoming too overtired. If your little one is no longer a baby, getting them to stay awake for an extra hour can be a little easier to achieve but you will still most likely have a cranky child on your hands for a few days whilst they adjust! Following this option usually means that within a few days your little one should have adjusted to the time change. If you have an early rising child, your best option is to get ahead of this and prepare the week before otherwise once the clocks change, your 5.30am riser will be rising at 4.30am and that's not fun for anybody! This time change is definitely a little more difficult to adjust to then at the start of Daylight Savings but as with anything, if you remain consistent you should be able to get things back on track. And if you can't - I'm always here to help!

Nicole xx

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