Daylight Savings Sleep Tips

Spring Forward: Family Sleep Tips

It’s that time of year!

As we prepare for Sleep Awareness Week next week, we also have to prepare for Daylight Savings this weekend!

In honour of the week dedicated to sleep (like every other week in the WeeSleep world!), WeeSleep Headquarters wanted to share some sleep tips for the whole family to help with the time change.

This weekend on Sunday March 10th at 3 a.m. in Canada we SPRING FORWARD!  Our clocks will bump forward an hour.

Those early sleepy, dark nights of winter have started to lighten as we get closer to Spring.  With the time change, can come issues with your child’s sleep schedule and habits.  Adjusting to the new lighting and the one hour, can play some tricks with our dreamy little sleepers.

Here are some tips to ease your transition: 

When you change your clocks, switch immediately to the new time.

In other words, if your child’s bedtime was 7:00 pm, and we move the clock to 8:00 p.m., keep the bedtime at 7:00 p.m. Make sure your child naps well this day!  And the same goes for naps, jump into the new time.

You may be in for an early wake up for a few days however, this will adjust over a few days or maybe a week. 

If you think the one hour adjustment is a little too much for your child (which is can be for children under 18 months), you can “split-the-difference” and put your child to bed at 7:30 p.m. (the new time) for 3-4 days and then shift back to your normal 7 p.m.  Same would go for naps; if you child’s regular nap is at 9 a.m. adjust to 9:30 for a few days while adjusting.

Stay consistent and do not get your little one up before 6 am.