• Janelle Kent

Daylight Saving Time Begins

It's that time again, we are changing our clocks ahead on Sunday, March 8th.  I feel like I was just talking to tired parents about the adjustments needed with setting the clocks back an hour, and here we are, changing the clocks again and gaining more sunlight!

"Springing forward" is the least dreaded change as it typically means early risers will give their parents an extra hour of rest in the mornings for a few days.  There are a couple ways to approach the time change depending on your little ones needs.


1.  Your baby/child is a good sleeper and they are adaptable.

  • They get a minimum of 10hrs, uninterrupted sleep at night

  • They wake between 6am and 7am

  • They don't fight sleep

  • Their temperament is generally adaptable

You may not need to do anything at all to prepare them!

-  They will likely take about ONE WEEK to adjust to the new schedule, but if they are easygoing they may just go to sleep when you say so and that'll be that.

-  If you find after a few days the hour is starting to wear on them, you can shift their schedule ahead 10-15minutes each day until until your reach the full hour difference.


2.  Your baby/child is a good sleeper and they are sticklers for routine.

  • They get a minimum of 10hrs, uninterrupted sleep at night

  • They wake between 6am and 7am

  • They don't fight sleep

  • Their temperament is on the more rigid side

For the little ones who resist changes to their sleep schedules, you will likely want to plan ahead.

-  Shift baby/child's schedule ahead 10-15minutes each day until you reach the full hour by the end of the week.


3.  Your baby/child is a good sleeper, they are sticklers for routine and tend to be spirited.

  • They get a minimum of 10hrs, uninterrupted sleep at night

  • They wake between 6am and 7am

  • They don't fight sleep

  • Their temperament is on the more rigid, and spirited side

These little ones typically do not accept change easily so you may need to prepare before and during the first week of the time change.

-  Use the week before and the week of the time change to shift their schedule ahead 5-10minutes each day until until you reach the full hour difference by the end of the weeks.

-  Try to be patient and kind to yourself as any change to sleep can be challenging.


4.  Your baby/child has a later wake-up.

  • If your little one is waking at 8am already, sleeping until 9am will likely push bedtime way too late.

  • Split the difference of the wake-up time on the morning of the time change.  Wake them 30min early so that they don't lose too much night sleep, and don't push back bedtime too late.

5.  You need your baby/child on the same sleep schedule.

  • If you need your little one to be on the same schedule you can wake them an hour earlier on the  morning of the time change.

  • Just note that even though they woke an hour earlier for the clock time, their internal clocks may take time to adjust to the new bedtime.

Important Notes

-  Be sure to shift the entire schedule.  Naps and bedtime!

-  It is totally expected for your little ones to take about ONE WEEK to adjust their internal clocks.

-  Take the time in the morning and late afternoon to expose them to as much sunlight as possible to help re-set their internal clocks.

-  Now is an important time to purchase those blackout blinds if you haven't already because it's hard to ease your body into sleep when it's light out!


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