Clocks are turning back an hour Sunday morning, and while adults might be excited for an extra hour of sleep, that hour can really effect the sleep schedules of babies and toddlers.
Sleep consultant and Mama Coach Carrie Bruno said there’s two ways to get your kids prepared so the time change doesn’t negatively affect them.
One way is to put your child to bed and wake them up 30 minutes later starting Sunday night.
“And you’re going to increase it 30 minutes daily for three days and then on night four they’ll be there. So make it 6:30, 6:30, 6:30 and then night four 7:00 new time and they’ll be there it just takes some time to adjust.”
The other way is for the week leading up to Daylight Savings time, to push their bed time and wake up time back by 10 minutes each day.
She said the biggest thing is to set boundaries for your kids and to teach them what number they need to see on the clock before they can get up.
“If they wake up and they’ve been in their bed say 10 hours so they wake up at 5 am, well of course if they don’t have a boundary set or some guidelines they’re ready to get up and start their day, even though they’re not really ready.”
Bruno said when you’re transitioning your child for the time change, to keep their clock the same.
“How do you explain to a toddler you’re going to get up at 6:30 for the first three days and then on night four, 7:00 will hit and you’re good, they just don’t get it. So teach them by using a clock and scratch out the last two digits so that the timing will always be there.”
Bruno said one things that doesn’t work is putting your child to bed later thinking they’ll sleep in.
She said if you do that your kid will usually wake up earlier because they’re overtired.
With files from Global News (CJ)