Daylight Saving Sleep Guide: Newborn through Toddler Edition
At Daylight Saving time, we always seem to have the same hot topic buzzing around our consultations and sleep support discussions. To most people, “fall back” is the most exciting moment of the whole “saving time” fiasco, because you get an entire additional hour of sleep. (That is if you even remember it’s about to happen….um guilty.)
However, as I’ve found over the years, parents of little ones become more and more stressed as this time approaches. And, they have a good reason to! If you have spent months preparing and training that sweet little peanut to sleep through the night until 6am, just to have them start waking up at 5am…. or worse, at 4am, the mere thought of re-training them can be overwhelming. Let’s be honest here, they’re not nearly as cute at 4am as they are at 7am, after you’ve had that full night of rest… ha!
We’ve had countless opportunities working with families to navigate through new schedules, and we feel it is best we share in some important details in order to make this transition as smooth as possible. Let’s dive in!
Daylight Saving Considerations for Newborns to Nine Months
Let’s go ahead and start with the smallest of our sleeping beauties and talk about newborns up until to nine months old. We classify these little ones into the same group. At this age your little one really is not fully aware of the time change coming and doesn’t care too much either. You don’t really need to do anything. Just carry on like it never happened and follow the clock as it reads.
We do recommend trying to calculate what time you should be doing things. If you don’t, you’ll drive yourself crazy and end up complicating things in the process. For example, if it’s 7am on the morning of November 6th and you typically feed them at that time…. then do it. Do not attempt to adjust it to 8 am to account for time change.
Now without a doubt your baby may be off for 1-2 days, but they adjust much more quickly than any other age group. So, don’t stress about anything other than the normal 0-9 month worries, like if they are sleeping through the night. Trust me, it’s possible! If he/she is still struggling with connecting sleep cycles, and adapting to optimum sleep habits then feel free to contact us for further instruction.
Daylight Saving Tips for Older Babies (It’s not a walk in the park, but it’s possible to stay on track!!)
Now for the larger of our peanuts, the 9-18 months age span. And, if you feel comfortable with it, you can have younger babies follow this plan. Especially if you have feel as though your baby is really set to his or her routine. On to it!
If you haven’t noticed yet, you may have a much more social little human on your hands now at this age. And, they are likely very curious about all that is going on in their little world around them. We highly suggest talking with them about the time change coming up, and preparing them for what that means to them. Do this along with making a few of the following adjustments to your current schedule.
So, if you are reading this right away and you have the full week to transition for daylight saving time, fantastic! Start this week by changing all nap times and bedtimes by 20 minutes, but if you feel like the 20 minutes is too much of an initial stretch, then feel free to move it up by smaller increments such as 12-15 minutes. After a few days, push the time by another 20 minutes until the eve before the daylight saving change and you should have easily transitioned your little one to an hours later bedtime. Voila!
Let’s Look at Daylight Saving Sleep Training Adjustment Schedule for 9 Months to 18 Months
- Baby originally has a bedtime of 7pm
- October 28th- 7:20pm
- October 31st 7:40pm
- November 3rd 8:00pm
- November 5th back to 7pm
If you choose to move by smaller increments, then just move up your days. Instead of spending 3-4 days on each time block, shorten it to 2-3.
Got a Toddler on Your Hands? Here Are Our Recommendations for a Daylight Saving Schedule:
Get ready…. You will need to do your best to begin right away. Change bedtime by 15 minutes every other night and by November 5th you will be completely prepared.
If you are to begin on October 29th with a designated 7pm bedtime.
- October 29th- 7:15pm
- October 30th- 7:30 pm
- November 1st-7:45pm
- November 3rd- 8pm
- November 5th-Night of Daylight Savings-Back to a 7pm. bedtime.
It is important to note that at this age your little one is much more aware of any changes being made and they love to be involved!! So, don’t do this without fully disclosing this process with them. Let them know that the time is changing, and explain what it means.
They tend to realize more then we give them credit for. Point out how it is getting dark outside earlier each and every night, and how the weather has been changing (i.e. getting colder). Talk about the leaves changing colors, and how we are noticing more and more are falling. How different our apparel is now from the summer? Explain how items such as boots and hats are essential to keep us warm and why we are putting away shorts and swim suits. I think you get the point here… talk! Talk with your toddler as much as you can, no matter how established their verbal and response skills are. They are absorbing, they are listening.
And, just in case you are also a little late and dropped the ball on this one, here is an example if you begin on November 1st with the same 7pm bedtime.
- November 1st- 7:15pm
- November 2nd-7:30pm
- November 3rd – 7:45pm
- November 4th- 8pm
- November 5th-Night of Daylight Savings- Back to a 7pm bedtime.
Holy, Moly… Wait, what day is it?
You forgot about the time change and its November 2nd….eeek do not freak! Breathe! Just change it tonight to 7:30 and on November 5th push the time to 8pm (aka… 7pm).
If all Else Fails, Use Our Help!
This all may be approaching wayyyy faster than you had anticipated, or worst case scenario you are reading this on November 7th and now his or her sleep schedule is completely out of control.
If you are feeling a bit overwhelmed or just too tired to do so much planning and research, please use our resources. Let us do the work for you! You will be able to connect today with one of our experienced and educated sleep consultants. We have customized and personalized sleep plans for every situation, and guarantee an overall improvement of your baby or toddler’s current sleep routine.