With Daylight Saving Time upon us, how can you help your babies and children adapt to the spring time change? “Flexibility” is the word of the weekend.
We hear you, Northern Nevada parents: This weekend is going to be problematic. With the beginning of Daylight Saving Time, your child’s routine is about to be upended. How can one little hour make so much difference?
While sleep patterns and daily routines aren’t science, one thing that is important for babies and children is consistency. And right now, we’re messing with their rhythm. So the important thing to keep in mind is that flexibility is this weekend’s mantra.
Here are some quick tips to adjust to “springing forward:”
Watch their cues
They may be harder to put down at bedtime or wake up when they’re not supposed to, and that means they might be cranky and need more naps than usual these next few days. Try to notice when they’re tired before it hits the dreaded “over-tired” phase.
Nap time will likely need adjusting
Just when you thought you had it all figured out, their “normal” nap time may be dramatically different — yes, all because of one hour. As with the tip above, watch for moods shifting, and let your baby or child tell you what their new sleep schedule looks like.
Follow their lead when it comes to food
Your baby’s or child’s feeding schedule might be a bit off with the time change, so be sure to feed them when they show signs of hunger — instead of waiting for a “normal” snack or mealtime.
Shut out the light
Just like it helps adults, making the room darker might be helpful. Room-darkening curtains are a good option in the nursery or your children’s rooms.
Some babies and children have no problem adjusting to the time change, while others might take a few days. Remember to be patient.