Sunday, 29 October 2017, 02:00:00 clocks are turned backward 1 hour to Sunday, 29 October 2017, 01:00:00 local standard time instead.
You have your baby/child settled into a good feeding and sleeping routine that is working for you all then…. BAM! The clock changes (clearly someone who never had children decided that this was a good idea!)
We’ve put together some tips below to help prepare your little one for the clock change. This can help ease your little one into the new routine, introducing these steps can help in preventing your little one waking at the crack of dawn – this is especially important if your little one is already an early riser!
It can take around 5 days for us to adjust to a new routine, so in the 5 days leading up to the clock change (so starting on Tuesday), put your little one to bed 10 minutes later each evening. This should be the same for nap times and mealtimes. So, based on a 19:00-07:00 routine, it would look like this:
Tuesday – bedtime = 19:10
Wednesday – bedtime = 19:20
Thursday – bedtime = 19:30
Friday – bedtime = 19:40
Saturday – bedtime = 19:50
With younger babies, it can be helpful to complete the above process more gradually, for example by adjusting their routine by 10 minutes every 2-3 days at a time.
• Ensure day time is bright and noisy and night time is quiet and dark.
• An afternoon strolls can help regulate the body clock so be sure to get outside.
• Invest in a blackout blind or curtain as the mornings will become lighter.
• For an older child you could – if you aren’t already – try using a Groclock and set the sun to rise 10 minutes later than usual each morning. This can be used in conjunction with a reward chart when your little one stays in bed until the sun has risen.
• On Sunday, put them to put at the new time. It can take a further few days to adjust but by sticking to your usual routine will help ease the blow.