Fall back….do you need to prepare your little one for the clock change? Guest blog by Kate Johnson, Sleep Consultant
The dreaded clock change… Have you finally got your little one into a pattern that works for you all and now the clocks are changing?! Will you find yourself getting up with your little one an hour earlier? Is there something you can do beforehand to help prevent that very early start?
Like with anything, there are different ways you can go about preparing for the clock change.
The first one is to do nothing! You don’t have to do anything, just accept that your little one may get up an hour earlier for a few days. Our little ones don’t really have any concept of time, so they just follow you and your cues as to what time it is, so after a few days of getting up early, they will just follow you and go back to how they were before!
If you don’t fancy the unpredictability of that, you can start preparing a few days before. Start by putting your little ones schedule forwards by 15 minutes for a couple of days, then a further 15 minutes for another few days and then by Sunday you should only be 15 minutes out! This gradual shift can really help parents feel a little bit more in control.
Lastly, you can try putting your little one to bed an hour later the night before. This will depend on your little one-some children will wake up earlier the more tired they are…but if you know your little one is able to sleep in, then this will work for you!
For us in our house, we will do nothing. We don’t even notice the change – and if we do, we know that by Wednesday we will be back to normal!
If you are having any sleep issues at all, please do not hesitate to contact me. I offer a 1:1 service as well as general advice workshops. I am now able to help sleep issues from birth to 18 years! Send me your sleepy questions on firstname.lastname@example.org or head over to the Facebook or Instagram page @sleepbykate