Sharing tips for the time change
Ah, the dreaded time change or at least many parents around the world feel this way. Allow me to ease your fears and calm your hearts. Yes, time change IS frustrating, however, you probably experience time change more than you think!
Allow me to ease your fears and calm your hearts. Yes, time change IS frustrating, however, you probably experience time change more than you think!
The time change is similar to travelling to a different time zone. If your family travels throughout the year (pre-COVID of course) your children have likely adjusted to a new time zone (a.k.a- time change!)
On Sunday, November 1st we are turning our clocks back one hour. Below you can read about two options to help navigate the time change.
Choose from these two options
You can simply do nothing! This is probably the easiest way to go about the time change if you have older children or children who are not sensitive sleepers. Older children have greater comprehension around time, which will help them to understand what is happening. A simple conversation with an older child explaining that their body may feel funny for a couple of weeks can often be helpful. ⠀
The second way to adjust to daylight savings is to split the difference starting on Sunday, November 1st. Splitting the difference can help children adjust to the time change if they are more sensitive to changes in their routine and sleep schedule.⠀
An Example of a child who takes one nap at 12:30 pm and goes to bed at 7 pm. ⠀
For the first 3 days, put him down at 12 pm (which will feel like 1 pm to him). Days 4-6, you will then adjust the nap to the desired time of 12:30 pm. This will give his body time to adjust, and the change won’t feel so shocking to his system. ⠀
For bedtime, you will again split the difference. The first 3 nights put your child to bed at 6:30 pm (which will feel like 7:30 pm). Days 4-6 you will then adjust bedtime to the desired time of 7 pm. ⠀
Keep in mind if your child is normally awake at 7 am, their bodies will be awake at 6 am for the first while. If you are using a toddler clock (I.e The Hatch or Grow Clock), set the wake-up time 10-15 minutes later each day or two to push out their wake up.
WAIT until you have gotten up, enjoyed a cup of HOT coffee, and eaten your breakfast. Don’t rush to change the clocks back right away.