Daylight savings is fast approaching and you may already be experiencing a change in your babies schedule as they start to wake up earlier in preparation for this time change.  I have listed some information below to help your baby adjust to the new time change as quickly and smoothly as possible.

For Seattle Washington, our clocks will move forward one hour on Sunday March 12th, 2017 at 2:00:00AM.  This means that sunrise and sunset will now be one hour later on March 13th, 2017.  One of the biggest adjustments for babies will be how much sunlight is beaming through the house later in the evening.  To help keep your baby’s schedule on track, here are some tips to help try to make the transition easier for your child:

  • Blackout Blinds or Curtains – These are going to be your best friend!!  I encourage you to block out as much natural light as possible and the reason I recommend complete darkness for sleep is because Melatonin, the sleep hormone, is only produced in darkness.  This will ensure your baby has the ability to settle easily and nap well throughout the day.  This also helps to guard against early morning waking.
  • White Noise – White noise is extremely effective to help block out any outside noises such as birds, traffic or general household noises.It needs to be quite loud to be effective, like a vacuum cleaner or shower faucet, and this needs to play continuously for the duration of your babies naps and overnight sleep. I recommend using a constant sound like heavy rain or static.
  • Consistent Wind down/Bedtime Routine – Keep your wind down routine consistent and don’t rush it, babies do not understand what time it is therefore, if you are consistent with your bedtime routine, this should be an easy transition to keeping your baby’s schedule on track.  Allow 10-15 minutes of wind down time in a dimly lit room, books, songs,cuddle amd lights out into the crib or bed.

 

This is easiest to explain with a 7am-7pm day however, if you are working on a different schedule, just adjust your timings accordingly.

If you are a planner and want minimal change on the day the clocks move forward, here is a table to help gradually adjust your baby’s schedule before daylight savings begins.

 

MondayWake up 15 minutes earlierOffer feeds and naps 15mins earlier than usualBed time 15 minutes earlier
TuesdaySame as MondayOffer naps and feeds 15 minutes earlier than usualSame as Monday
WednesdayWake up 30 minutes earlierOffer feeds and naps 30 minutes earlier than usualBed time 30 minutes earlier
ThursdaySame as WednesdayOffer naps and feeds 30 minutes earlier than usualSame as Wednesday
FridayWake up 45 minutes earlierOffer naps and feeds 45 minutes earlier than usualBed time 45 minutes earlier
SaturdaySame as FridayOffer naps and feed 45 minutes earlier than usualSame as Friday
SundayWake up 7am (6am old time)Nap and feed times back to normal times on new clock time!7pm bed time again (6pm old time)

 

This is easiest to explain with a 7am-7pm day however, if you are working on a different schedule, just adjust your timings accordingly.

If you prefer to change the schedule once the clocks have changed, here is a table to follow to gradually bring back your baby’s schedule to the appropriate time, this helps to keep them on track in regards to naps and overnight sleep.

 

MondayWake up 15 minutes earlier at 7:45amOffer naps and feeds 15 minutes earlierBed time 7.45pm instead of 8pm
TuesdaySame as MondayOffer naps and feeds 15 minutes earlierSame as Monday
Wednesdaywake up time 7.30amOffer naps and feeds 30 minutes earlierBed time 7.30pm
ThursdaySame as WednesdayOffer naps and feed 30 minutes earlierSame as Wednesday
Fridaywake up at to 7.15amOffer naps and feeds 45 minutes earlierBed time 7.15pm
SaturdaySame as FridayOffer naps and feed 45 minutes earlierSame as Friday
Sunday7am wake up!Nap and feed times have been pushed forward an hour7pm bed time

 

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