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How to Prepare Your Baby for Daylight Saving Time

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  • Written By: Kellie Brunet, Childbirth Educator
How to Prepare Your Baby for Daylight Saving Time
  • How does Daylight Saving Time (DST) affect my baby’s sleep schedule?
    • A baby’s circadian rhythm is directed by light exposure. If your baby has a set schedule, you will find their schedule will be an hour later if not adjusted. For babies in daycare, adjusting their schedules will also help them adjust to daycare. If your baby is home with you and you would like your baby to have a later bedtime and wake time, spring DST can help you.
  • What challenges might I face when adjusting my child’s routine during the time change?
    • All routines will need to be done 10-15 minutes earlier for the 4-6 days leading up to the time change. The gradual change will help both you and your baby make the adjustment. The day before time change you both will be waking an hour earlier than normal, but you should be right back on schedule the next day.
  • What strategies can I use to gradually shift my baby’s sleep schedule in anticipation of Daylight Saving Time?
    • If you like your baby’s current bedtime, move their schedule up 10-15 minutes each day for the 4-6 days before time change.
  • Are there any recommended bedtime routines that I can use to help ease the transition for my baby during Daylight Saving Time?
    • Having a consistent bedtime routine can help ease this transition. You may want to use room-darkening curtains so your baby can not see the light from outside.
  • Should I make adjustments to my baby’s feeding schedule in the days leading up to the time change to help with the transition?
    • Offer feedings 10-15 minutes earlier each day you are adjusting their schedule.
  • How long will my baby adjust to the new schedule during Daylight Saving Time?
    • The gradual adjustment will help make the transition smoother. If not adjusted it may take 1-2 weeks for your baby to adjust, but they will adjust. Planning calming activities and quiet time before bed, as well as not allowing their last nap to end too late can be helpful.
  • What specific signs or cues should I be looking for to determine if my child is struggling with the time change adjustment?
    • Your baby may be fussy or have trouble eating if their schedule feels off. Be patient, these will ease with time.
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