Your baby has been sleeping well then you notice on the calendar the dreaded time change! If you live in any state besides Arizona then you have to deal with time either falling forward or back. As it is October we will be falling back which is a little harder for babies. We, as adults, gain an extra hour to sleep. Unfortunately babies on a good routine (and toddlers) are used to getting up at a certain time to eat and sleep. SO while the new 7 AM is will be great for those without young children to those with young children it will be 6Am.
So what can you do to help your baby adjust to the new time? You can do it all in one day and deal with a fussing child who is ready to get up a hour early or you can start moving their wake time later in the day the week before. I feel like doing things slowly works better with babies than the abrupt change.
What I recommend to my families is that you move your child's wake,feed and sleep time forward by 10 minutes each day 5 days before the time change. In other words if you child is used to getting up at 7AM wait till 7:10 AM to wake and feed. Nap time also will be 10 minutes later and Bed time will be 10 min. later than normal. The next morning you wake your little one up at 7:20 AM nap time will be 20 minutes later than normal (and yes some kido's get a little cranky) and the whole day will be 20 minutes. Day 3 wake time would be 7:30 AM Day 4 would be 7:40 Am and day 5 would be 7:50 Am. And of course on the 6th day would be daylight savings day and baby will be waking at 7AM and back on routine!
Hope this little bit of advice helps you do a smooth transaction.
Also if this isn't how you get your child to adjust share with us how you do in the comment section!
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