Time Change

Dear Parents,
With the time change approaching, I have received many e-mails and phone calls from parents asking how they can help their baby and toddler transition to the new time without upsetting their child’s sleep. Starting Sunday March 8th, clocks will be set forward one hour: “spring forward.” You can help your baby/toddler by starting to adjust ahead of the time change. Starting Tuesday night (March 3rd) begin to put baby down 10 minutes earlier for bed. You can do this by comforting, singing or reading, and starting the bedtime ritual/routine 10 minutes earlier. Do this for the rest of the week, so when the time change does happen, your baby or toddler will have slowly adjusted to the new time. If your child's bedtime is 7:00pm, it will look like this:

  • Tues. 6:50pm bedtime
  • Wed. 6:40pm bedtime
  • Thurs. 6:30pm bedtime
  • Fri. 6:20pm bedtime
  • Sat. 6:10pm bedtime
  • Sun. 7pm bedtime (new time-old time will be 6pm)

You may notice that your child may start yawning at 5 or 6pm. Alternatively, you may notice that your baby is waking up earlier, at 6am or earlier. You can take the time to darken up your child’s room with darkening drapes, or shades, to help them to sleep a little later. Also, you can take this time to make some schedule/routine adjustments. For example, if your baby goes to bed on the early side and wakes early in the

Thanks Angelique for thinking this through!