Time change is often a hard adjustment and even more difficult if you have children. Lots of people start to worry that their little ones sleep schedules will be negatively impacted by any time change. There is a reason to be concerned; however, it can be a short-lived issue.
Tonight the clocks will move ahead an hour. I will love this tomorrow morning when I wake up to a clock that says 8:00 AM instead of 7:00 AM. Tomorrow night will be more of a challenge as my 2.5-year-old will not be ready for bed at 7:30 pm as his body will think it is 6:30 PM.
Here are the things I will be doing:
- Be patient
- Darkness I will make sure his black out curtains are working well. If it is bright when he is going to sleep, it will take longer for him to fall asleep. The darkness naturally promotes an increase in his production of melatonin which will help him sleep.
- Physical activity On Sunday we will be getting as much fresh air as possible!! He will be kept busy. If you live in our area you will see us out walking a great deal! This will hopefully cause him to get tired a bit earlier. He will not be ready for sleep until 8:30 PM but we will put him to bed around 8:00 PM.
- Sleep Time He will not be ready for sleep until 8:30 PM but we will put him to bed around 8:00 PM. Then I will move his sleep to his regular sleep time in 15 minute increments over a few days.
I hope this time change is a smooth transition for everyone.