Time Change: Spring Forward
by natalie fitzgerald
Lately I’ve been getting lots of questions from moms asking about the upcoming time change and how “spring forward” will affect their baby’s schedule.
Good news, this is the easier time change of the two! Babies’ internal clocks take a bit more time to adjust than adults’ do, so getting them prepared for the time change will make for an easier transition on everyone. As we prepare to “spring forward,” here are a few tips to help make the transition go smoothly.
For younger babies or those who might have a more sensitive body clock, make a gradual adjustment starting the week before you set the clock forward. Put your baby down for bed 10-15 minutes earlier each consecutive day leading up to the time change, starting 5-6 days before the time change occurs. This way, on the day of the time change, your baby will be essentially doing everything 1 hour ahead of time, so when the clocks jump ahead one hour, baby won’t miss out on the missed hour of sleep.
Put up blackout curtains in your baby’s room. During daylight savings, it stays lighter later, so having blackout shades will help cue sleepy-time for your little one, and help increase melatonin (sleep hormone) production.
Try to be flexible and remember all transitions take time! The adjustment can take a week or so, and everyone will get back to their regular routines.
Good luck, and don’t forget to “spring forward” this upcoming weekend!
Natalie Fitzgerald is a Certified Pediatric Sleep Consultant and Postpartum Doula. Natalie’s approach to sleep training is tailored to each family she works with, meeting them exactly where they are and developing a customized plan to help them reach their sleep goals, based on their unique baby’s needs and their parenting style. Natalie walks alongside families during the time they need the most support, encouraging parents and helping them find a rhythm that works best with their baby and lifestyle. Natalie is also a member of the Postpartum Health Alliance, a non-profit dedicated to raising awareness about Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders. She lives in San Diego with her little ones: Connor (7yrs), Kate (4yrs), and Makenna (1.5yrs).
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