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Springing Forward – Saving Routines When the Clock Changes…

Heidi Skudder Baby Sleep

So here we are in March and Mother’s day is fast approaching! However, it also happens to fall on the morning of the day that British Summertime begins, and the clocks go forward. This is always the preferred clock change, as the clocks going back and early morning waking’s in the Winter can be rather depressing, nevertheless you may still find your routine suffers a little and there are various things you can do to help with this…
1) Prepare your child early by slowly moving their routine backwards by small increments over a number of days.
For example, during the week days leading up to the clock change, move bedtime and nap times backwards by 10/15 minutes each day or two, so that come Sunday the 26th March, you only have 10/15 minutes to catch up on. As an example, if your baby goes to bed at 7pm, Put her down at 6.50pm on the Monday, 6.40pm on the Wednesday and so on, until she is going down at nearly 6pm by the time British Summer time arrives (which would then be 7pm come the Sunday).

2) Don’t forget nap times too….these will also need to be moved as with the bedtimes, by small increments over a period of days. This might mean initially your child goes down a little less tired than usual, but 10/15 minutes shouldn’t cause too much of an issue on the first nap, and then everything else falls into place after that!
3) The timings of meals/feeds are important too….these are also best changed to meet your routine, so pushing these times back slowly too will help your child’s internal clock sync to deal with the changes.
4) Remember a blackened out room will help with early morning waking. If your baby was an autumn or winter baby, they will not be used to the light at 5am. Use a stick black out Gro-Blind to help if you have issues with early morning waking’s once the clock change occurs. My favourite is the “Gro Anywhere Sticky Black Out Blind”
5) Make sure you have an evening routine into place, as bath time and bedtime are more likely to take place now in the daylight. This might confuse your baby, so doing your bedtime/bathtime routine in rooms with curtains closed will help them have a sense of bedtime approaching. Melatonin is the hormone responsible for making a baby sleepy, and happens when a baby is in a darkened room.