Just when you’ve mastered the bedtime routine, daylight savings time rears its schedule-squashing head. Take back control with handy tips from Kim West, a LCSW and author known among parents as “The Sleep Lady.”
- Since bedtime will be earlier than the body is used to, use the darkness to help trigger the body to slow down and secrete melatonin. Try dimming the lights and introducing calming toys. (We love the soothing line from the folks at Cloud B.)
- The morning after the change, let baby wake at her normal time (an hour earlier) but schedule the day for the new clock time.
- If baby’s bedtime was 7:30 p.m., the clock will say 6:30 p.m. Do your best to ensure baby naps well so she can make it to at least 7:00 p.m. (the new time). If you’re afraid of missing the sleep window, put baby to bed at 6:30 p.m. and gradually push the time later over the next few days.
- Remember that baby may wake early for a few days but should be back on schedule after about a week.
(P.S. Don’t forget—when you change your clocks, you should also change your smoke detector batteries. Happy Fall!)