Here we are again – the clocks are changing! This time they are going forward one hour so in theory it should be slightly easier than the autumn change. However many parents still want to get back into their routine as quickly as possible so here are my top tips.
1) Don’t act to quickly!: Delay changing the clocks in your house until the morning of the clock change, that way you can start the day as per normal and enjoy that satisfaction of knowing that you all slept in a bit later (even though you didn’t!)
2) Get them nice and tired: On the day of the time change get your child out and about to wear them about a bit more than usual, head to the park or go for a walk to get some fresh air.
3) Push bedtime back: From the 26th put your child to bed 30 mins later than normal so 7:30pm rather than 7. Continue this for the next 3 days and then on the 4th night switch back to 7pm as they should by then have switch to the new time.
4) Don’t forget the naps: If your child is napping do the same, just put each nap 30 mins later than normal for 3 days and then revert back.
5) Check your child’s windows!: Remember that it’s now going to be lighter in the morning so have a look at the window coverings in the room and if there is any light getting in consider putting up a black out blind, to avoid early rising creeping in!
And as an added bonus the good news is that because we are springing forward if you have a really early riser it may actually even help to fix that issue!
So there you have it, if you follow this plan, your child’s sleep and yours shouldn’t be interrupted too much. Remember that any upsets should be temporary and the change in the clocks should take no longer than a week to settle down, leaving you time to enjoy the lighter mornings and evenings in no time!”
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