It’s completely normal for parents to be concerned about the effect the clocks going forward will have on their little one’s sleeping pattern, and rightly so, as disruption is likely. I have put together some helpful tips to alleviate your concerns, with 10 top tips for the clocks going Forward 2017- Sunday 26th March.
- Consider adjusting your bedtime by 30 minutes on the Friday before the clocks go forward on Sunday 27th March
- On Saturday night, head to bed 45 minutes earlier than you normally do
- Reduce your caffeine intake this week from around 1.30-2pm each day to help with your earlier bedtime
- This weekend, try to avoid alcohol which can wreak havoc on your sleep
- Set your alarm for a regular wake time no later than 07:30am so that you can make room for bedtime and keep your body regulated.
For your baby:
- Do your best to prepare your baby for this transition by ensuring that they are well rested in the run up to the weekend. Pay specific attention to day time sleep and fill this need as much as possible
- Make sure that you have blackout blinds and a sleep friendly environment to help with going to sleep and to avoid unnecessary early rising
- Consider moving your child’s schedule earlier by 15 minutes every day from the Wednesday before the time change. Adjust meals and naps times and of course their morning wake-time accordingly so that by Sunday you will already be on the new time on the clock!
- If you prefer, do nothing until the day of the change, make sure you wake your baby by 07:30am and then follow your daily routine, addressing meals, naps and bedtime as you always do. This means that your baby is potentially going to bed one hour earlier than normal, they may struggle as their inner-clock may resist this, but within 3-7 days their system will adjust and your regular timetable will run just fine
- Treat any disruptions with consistency so that you don’t create any long term sleep difficulties during this transition.