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How to Adjust Your Child to the Spring Clock Change

Spring forward to a lie in...

Most clock changes can worry parents as they aren’t sure how it will affect their little one sleep but this clock change could be the thing that helps all those early risers!! If your little one is normally getting up at 5.30-6.00 then hey-presto, it's now 6.30-7.00!!

Spring clock change

 
You may still want to consider how to manage the clock change so their whole day doesn’t change. This may include waking your little one in the morning (audible gasp!!) of the clock change. Yes you heard me right, you may want to ​consider waking them...you may not need to or want to but something to think about. If your little one has a great sleep routine and sleeping late in the morning will disrupt all their day time naps then something you may wish to do.


 
Methods for managing the clock change long term…

Going cold turkey

Lots of children will manage this just fine and can be the easiest to manage. Simply stick with the new times as soon as they happen so on Sunday night, just put your little one to bed at their “normal” time. You can also put them down an hour earlier Saturday night before the clock change so they wake at their normal time on the first day.

 A gradual approach

This is a very subtle way of changing their body clocks and may be of use if you have a younger, highly sensitive child who is on a great day time nap routine that you are worried about. This involves placing your child down 15 minutes earlier every day for four nights starting Wednesday night so when they wake on Sunday, it will be their normal time.

 Split the difference

Again this is good for a more sensitive sleeper where you don’t want to manage it over four days. Simply split the hour in half so Friday night, pop them down 30 minutes early and again on Saturday night so Sunday morning becomes their normal wake up time.

 
The majority of children will manage just fine on the cold turkey approach and this is much easier to manage for parents but if you feel an hour will disrupt their sleep too much. If you do suffer with an early riser, you may wish to cash in on the “extra hour” in the morning and continue with their daily routine from this time. A lot of early rising is caused by overtiredness so those early nights can really help whether it happens on Saturday or Sunday night.


Not only do you want to consider managing bedtimes and nap times for this clock change but here are some other things you may want to consider when you face the clock change:

Black out blinds

Those mornings will now be a little brighter in your childs room so make sure all that lovely spring sunshine is blocked out or you may start seeing those early mornings.

Adjust those sleep/wake clocks

Technology now is amazing and most of your phones / TV’s, watches may change the time but unfortunately the sleep / wake clock doesn’t so make sure you get these on the new times to save early mornings.


Claire Louise
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