by Amanda Jewson, Baby’s Best Sleep
As we spring forward and lose that hour, your child (and you!) will be going to sleep earlier. There may be some pushback as human bodies dislike going to sleep earlier than they’re used to. You may keep your child’s schedule just the way it is (7 pm bedtime becomes 8 pm) or start at 8 pm and move back 15 minutes a day until you’re at the new bedtime.
Some things to consider…
Early Mornings No More! This time change could actually get you an “extra hour” in the morning (which is great for early risers). If your wee one normally wakes at 6:00 am, for a few days they could wake at 7:00 am! Woo-hoo more time for you! Even so, a time change is a time change. Here’s how to prepare during this transition…
Be Realistic With What’s Possible.
It’s just plain harder to go to bed earlier
than usual. Give your child about 2-4 weeks
to fully adjust.
Split The Difference. Because we’re asking
baby to fall asleep earlier (a naptime at
9:30 am will feel like 8:30 am) and
depending on when your child wakes,
it may not be enough time for them to feel
sleepy. So if naptime was usually 9:30 am,
try 10:00 am (this will feel like 9 am).
The same goes for the afternoon nap and
Start Prepping For More Sunlight.
The Spring brings sunlight earlier in the
morning and later at night. Sunlight signals
the body to stay awake, resulting in early
mornings and tougher times at bedtime.
I suggest investing in a good blackout
blind. (Garbage bags are a cheap and easy
alternative but if your child can grab or
access the bags, do not use them).
ENJOY ALL THE DELIGHTS OF SPRING,
AND HAPPY SLEEPING!
Amanda Jewson: founder of Baby’s Best Sleep; a memberof the Association of Professional Sleep Consultants; B.A.(Honours) Queen’s University; Bachelor of Education, York University and mother of two.