I'm pretty lucky with my one year old twin girls. They are great sleepers and thrive on their sleep routine. Some of the things that work for us include a consistent nap and bedtime schedule, a consistent sleep preparation routine (doing the same things, in the same order each night/before nap), warm pajamas (this time of year) and a good overnight diaper, like Pampers Baby Dry, that will ALLOW your baby to stay asleep by keeping them dry with superior wetness protection.
Despite a good routine or a great sleeper, the end of Daylight Savings can cause a disruption. In fact, over half of moms (52%) feel that their baby's sleep patterns are thrown off when the clocks 'fall back' and Daylight Savings Time ends. This year, the fall back happens on Saturday, 11/3 at 2:00am and there are some things you can do to prepare your baby for the change in clocks.
Using Tips from The Sleep Lady, Kim West, here are some things you can do now to help your baby adjust:
1) Adjust bedtimes and mealtimes slowly - 15 to 30 minute increments - to help ease the transition.
2) Make sure your children are well-napped during the day so that when the time change takes effect. This will help with your child not being overtired and make the transition easier.
3) Consider blackout curtains and a sound machine. The light patterns change outside - I find it's lighter earlier here where we are. The blackout curtains have been a lifesaver with this and the sound machine blocks out any noise from outside.
4) Use dramatic wakes to help your child adjust. If your child is waking too early, gently encourage your child to go back to sleep, reassure and do checks if needed (just like at night). Once it is time to wake, use a dramatic wake - such as opening the blackout shades a big, happy good morning. This will help reset the circadian rhythm.
5) Check bedtimes for appropriate times. The time change is a good chance to adjust schedules. Look at nap times and bedtimes to make sure it fits with your child's needs. Infants and babies do best with a bedtime between 7:30 and 8:00.
6) As always, rely on a soothing bedtime routine. Routines comfort babies - change diapers right before tucking them to help prevent unnecessary wake-ups from a wet diaper. Use overnight diapers, like Pampers Baby Dry, that offer 12 hours protection. You and baby will sleep better!
**Keep in mind that babies younger than 4mos old do not have fully developed sleep patterns, so making adjustments to prepare for the end of Daylight Savings will work best for babies 5 mos old and older.
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