4 tips to adjust your baby's sleep when the clocks go forward
If you've worked hard to get your baby's sleep into a great routine that works well you'll know how frustrating it is when something comes along and messes it up, teething, travel and the clocks changing are all frustrating but unavoidable!
Here are four tips for making the spring clock-change easier to cope with...
MAKE A GRADUAL CHANGE
A week before the clocks 'spring forwards' start your evening bedtime routine ten minutes early, then next day add another ten minutes and so on until the evening of the clock change you'll be bang on time. If your baby is pretty easy going around sleep times then you can shorten the process to two or three days and do 20 or 30 minute leaps.
With this method your baby should wake up at the new 'correct' time on the morning that the clocks changed.
STICK TO YOUR DAILY ROUTINES
Keep your bedtime routines the same as normal, despite the times changing. For older toddlers it can be beneficial to do a late afternoon walk or park trip to get rid of some extra energy, add a little tiredness to counteract the earlier bedtimes.
It can be beneficial to slightly lengthen daytime naps if possible the day before the clocks change, an overtired baby may struggle to get to sleep. If you're out and about then SnoozeShade will help extend a nap!
It shouldn't take too long for your baby (and you!) to adapt to the new times if you follow these guidelines, but be prepared for some later mornings (hopefully!)