Day light saving happens twice a year, and it is designed to make the most out of the day light hours. The Spring clock change always feels better than the Autumn one, Whilst we “lose” an hour of sleep, for children this is easier to adjust to than gaining an extra, and not always getting the “memo” for a lie in.
It is a good idea to do some preparation for the clock change the week before, whether that’s a few days before or just the Saturday night.
Here are some ideas of how you can prepare yourselves for the clock change…
First and foremost, think about your child’s temperament and which method is going to suit them and you better!!
😴 Method one is that you just put them down at 6pm instead of 7pm on the Saturday night (times as an example) and then the following night just put them down at 7 as normal. Many children will adjust to this quite quickly.
😴 You could slowly introduce the change by putting them down 30 mins earlier on the Saturday night and then the normal time the following night.
😴 This is a more gradual transition to the clock change. For 4 nights before the clocks change on Saturday, put your child down 15 minutes earlier each day. The aim being that by the Saturday night you would put them down to sleep at 6 but in actual fact it will be 7 by the next night! It’s all about thinking of their biological clock and gently getting it to where we want it to be.