4 Tips for Helping Your Child Ease into Fall Daylight Savings
With the fall upon us, daylight slips away from us even earlier. As much as I enjoy the fall season, I despise the time change. The extra hour of morning light does not help make me feel less annoyed when I drive home from work in the dark. A recent survey showed that on average it takes a person 3.5 days to adjust to the time change.
No matter how prepared I feel for the time change, it still disrupts my kids' sleeping schedule. As a mom of three, a full night of uninterrupted sleep is rare for me. Here are some tips I will be following this daylight savings time change.
Later to Bed
A few nights before the time change, move bedtime back by 15 to 30 minutes. This slow adjustment will, hopefully, help with the hour time difference. If your little one has daily naps, it's also a good idea to adjust those in the same increments. Don't be surprised if it takes longer than a few days for them to adapt to this new schedule.
Set the Sleep Environment
Since the sunlight will be pouring into your child's room an extra hour earlier on Sunday morning, invest in some good black-out shades or blinds. This may encourage them to sleep a bit longer. My boys all have black-out curtains in their rooms, and they work wonders — especially for early-morning wake ups.
Find the Silver Lining
Since the chances of them waking up at their normal wake-up time on Sunday morning are pretty high, put yourself to bed a bit earlier on Saturday night. Enjoy that extra hour you have with your child in the morning, well rested and ready to go. Years down the road, the time change won't bother them since they will want to sleep all morning. Enjoy the extra snuggle time and hugs. You will never regret those extra giggles and hugs.
Remind Yourself that This too Shall Pass
If you find yourself getting frustrated because your 3-year-old is jumping on his bed at 9:30 p.m., remind yourself that he will eventually get used to the time change. There is no sense in becoming frustrated with the situation. Thankfully, it only happens twice a year. You will get through this, and everyone will fall back into a normal routine again.
How do you get ready for the time change in the fall?