Sleep and the end of Daylight Savings Time

If you are a parent, you are most likely dreading the end of daylight savings time which ends at 2 a.m. on the morning of Sunday, November 6th, 2016.  

This usually means that your child’s nap and bedtime schedule will shift “back” sixty minutes.time-change-clipart

As a sleep consultant  I find the best approach is to ease your child onto the new time in increments of approximately 15 minutes per day, beginning on Sunday, November 6th. I don’t recommend “pre-empting the change” by altering your baby’s sleep schedule before the official time change.

Babies usually adjust to the time change in three days, like adults. The following is a bedtime schedule starting November 5th, 2016. (the same increments of added wake time can be applied to nap as well.) 

November 5th, 2016: Put your baby down for naps and bedtime at the usual time of day/night.
(example, 7 p.m. bedtime)

November 6th:  Bedtime is at 6:15 p.m. (new time)

November 7th : Bedtime is at 6:30 p.m. 

November 8th: Bedtime is at 6:45 p.m. 

November 9th: Bedtime is 7 p.m. and your baby is all caught up!…Until March of 2017, that is. 

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