Countdown to Daylight Savings Time

 

Strap in! Sunday, March 8th, 2015 at 2:00 a.m. marks the beginning of daylight savings time. A time to “Spring Forward”. 

Personally, I don’t know any parents who have the urge to “spring” into DST. Most of my clients would rather run the other way.

Rather than trying to “ease” your baby onto DST a few days before, I suggest a gradual approach beginning on Monday, March 9th (Day #1 of DST). This involves a convoluted algorithm that defies logic and the time/space continuum.  Luckily, my husband is a math wiz and has done the calculations for us!

As an example, if a baby’s schedule on Sunday, March 8th is:
Wake up: 6 a.m.
Nap #1: 9:00 a.m.
Nap #2: 1:00 p.m.
Bedtime: 7 p.m.

Then…

On Monday, March 9th (Day #1 of DST)
Wake your baby at 6:45 a.m. if she is still sleeping. (This is part that defies logic).
Nap #1: approximately 9:45 a.m.
Nap #2: 1:45 p.m.
Bedtime at 7:45 p.m.

On Tuesday, March 10th, (Day #2 of DST)
Wake up: 6:30 a.m.
Nap #1: 9:30 a.m.
Nap #2: 1:30 p.m.
Bedtime at 7:30 p.m. 

Wednesday, March 11th: (Day #3 of DST)
Wake up: 6:15 a.m.
Nap #1: 9:15 a.m.
Nap #2: 1:15 p.m.
bedtime at 7:15 p.m.

Yup, I am shaving off about 15 minutes each day.

By Thursday, March 12th, your baby’s daily sleep schedule should be pretty close to what it was before DST.  If your work hours don’t allow for this progressive change, no worries. On the first day of DST, wake your baby in the morning at her regular time. Naps and bedtime also stay the same. Your baby will be tired and cranky for the first two to three days but she will adjust. You also don’t have to make the changes starting the first day of DST. Begin when you can and make the adjustments at your own pace. 

Expect the whole family to feel up-ended for the first few days of Daylight Savings Time. Come November, you won’t remember any of this! Because you will be too busy doing it all over again. (End of Daylight Savings Time: November 1st, 2015.) .

 

 

 

 

 

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