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Daylight Savings and the Easter Bunny!

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The Easter bunny is not only bringing you chocolate on the 31st March, but also because of daylight savings, an extra hours sleep (well – according to the clock!)

As the clocks spring forward, many parents dread the potential disruption it can bring to their little one’s sleep routine. However, with a few simple strategies and a bit of patience, you can help support your baby or child through this time change with minimal fuss.

This is also the clock change that is useful if you have an early riser as it will automatically bring their morning forwards. If this is your little one, when daylight savings happens, just move their bedtime back a little and enjoy an earlier morning! Or if you use awake windows, keep them the same and you should be set for a few more lie-ins!

Here are some tips to ensure a smooth transition for your family.

  1. Gradually Adjust Bedtime. Start shifting your child’s bedtime by 15 minutes earlier each night leading up to the time change. This gradual adjustment can help their internal clock adapt to the new schedule without a sudden shock. You can use the same approach with naps.
  2. Maintain a Consistent Bedtime Routine. A bedtime routine signals to your child that it’s time to wind down and prepare for sleep. Stick to familiar activities such as a warm bath and reading a bedtime story. Consistency is key in helping your child feel secure and ready for sleep, even during time changes.
  3. Create a great sleep environment. Keep the room dark, quiet, and at a comfortable temperature. Blackout curtains are so important as the days get longer as the lighter mornings can lead to early wakings. Check out this blog for more tips on great sleeping environments.
  4. Get Outside. There are some amazing parks in Essex, so getting outside and being in the daylight will help their body clock to shift (as well as being good generally for our sleep.) Hylands Park or the Easter Egg hunt at Hyde Hall.

Remember that every child is different, so find what works best for your family and be flexible in your approach. With a little bit of planning and consistency, you can help your little one settle into the new schedule smoothly.

Good luck and hopefully the excitement around Easter will not mean less sleep overall!

If the clock change doesn’t get rid of those early mornings, contact me for a free 15 minute call to see how I can help.

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