A Gentle Approach for Parents to Support The Transition

As the end of daylight savings approaches, many parents face the challenge of transitioning their baby or toddler’s routine to accommodate the changing time. While this adjustment may seem daunting, it doesn’t have to be. Just because the clocks change on one particular day doesn’t mean you have to. Here are five gentle tips to help ease the transition:

  1. Early Preparation: Anticipate the time change by starting the adjustment process before daylight savings ends. Begin gradually shifting your routine about a week prior, giving yourself and your child time to adapt. By spreading out the transition over a longer period, you can minimise disruptions to sleep patterns.
  2. Start with Bedtime: Begin adjusting your child’s bedtime gradually, aiming to push it forward by 15-20 minutes every few days. Since children often wake up later during the extended daylight in the mornings, allow them to sleep in a bit longer during this transition period. This gradual approach helps prevent abrupt changes that can disrupt sleep patterns.
  3. Extend Changes Throughout the Day: In addition to adjusting bedtime, gradually shift other aspects of your daily routine, including meal times and naps. Remember that your child’s internal clock is influenced by your daily activities rather than the clock itself. By gradually pushing out these activities, you can help your child adjust more smoothly to the new schedule.
  4. Harness the Power of Light: Natural light plays a crucial role in regulating your child’s sleep-wake cycle. Encourage exposure to natural light during the day to reinforce daytime wakefulness, and keep the room dark before wake time to promote a bit of extra sleep in the mornings. Using BLOCKOUT BLINDS if needed can help. In the evening, dim the lights to signal the approach of bedtime, helping to cue your child’s body for sleep.
  5. Practice Patience and Consistency: Adjusting to a new schedule can take time, so try to be patient and consistent throughout the transition. Offer reassurance and comfort to your child during this period of change, and stick to your adjusted routine as much as possible. Consistency is key to helping your child feel secure and confident as they adapt to the new schedule.

By approaching the transition with patience, consistency, and gentle guidance, you can help your child adjust smoothly to the new schedule, ensuring restful nights and peaceful mornings for the whole family.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed or unsure about navigating this transition or have other bigger issues you would like support with, know that support is available. Lullababy SOS offers personalised guidance and support to help you and your child establish healthy sleep habits. Don’t hesitate to reach out and schedule an introductory call to discuss your family’s unique needs.