Daylight Saving Time is just around the corner, and even though it’s a one-hour time change, it can still be enough to disrupt your baby’s natural rhythms and schedules. Getting ahead of the time change is your best chance at avoiding a grumpy, teary start to your spring. Because it can take up to two weeks to reset your circadian rhythm, it’s safe to assume it’ll take Baby about two weeks to adjust to Daylight Saving.
As we get ready to spring forward, here are some Daylight Saving Time tips to help with your baby’s transition.
Top Tips for Daylight Saving Time
- Prepare for the time change. To help your infant acclimate to Daylight Saving, start putting him to bed ten minutes earlier every other day two weeks before Daylight Saving begins. You can also start the transition one week before Daylight Saving Time and continue it the following week. This allows your kid to gradually acclimate to the change and give their circadian rhythm time to adjust.
- Stick to your bedtime and naptime habits. When it comes to your baby's bedtime routine, it's critical to maintain as much consistency as possible. So, while you're modifying your sleep times, the rest of your schedule should stay the same. In other words, even if you start bathtime, story time, or that baby massage 10 minutes earlier than normal, make sure you stick to the same schedule as much as possible.
- Maintain the same time intervals. The timings of your baby's daily routine should be adjusted to match the hour time difference and the adjustment of your baby's bedtime. Start dinner a little earlier as well, so your youngster can keep his or her normal sleep-wake cycle. Nap time should be modified in the same way as bedtime, which means you should increase it by 10 minutes every other day.
- Create the optimal sleep environment. Keep Baby's room dark in the evening to encourage the creation of melatonin, often known as the sleep hormone. And then, come morning time, open those blinds first thing in the morning and let the light in! Because it will be lighter earlier in the spring, you may not need to use your indoor lights as much in the morning. This is fantastic, because sun exposure also means more Vitamin D. Sunlight encourages your baby's melatonin production to start sooner in the evening, so they'll be ready for bed when it's time.