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How to help your little one with daylight savings ending

If you are like me, you used to LOVE getting that extra hour of sleep when daylight savings ended each year. But now that you have a baby or toddler, your viewpoint has changed....right?


Clocks fall back on Sunday, November 4 this year. My motto, you can either do nothing or do something. You need to choose what works best for you and your family.


Clocks turn back on Sunday, November 4, 2018

If you choose to do nothing, which is what I am going to do, you will just adjust your little one to the time change after it occurs. For example, my youngest wakes up at 7:30am, and if he is up before this time I don’t get him out of the crib until 7:30am.


Starting the Sunday of the time change, 7:30am will now be 6:30am (YIKES), but I of course do not want to encourage this wake up. So, I’ll start by waking him or getting him out of crib no earlier than 7:00am (the new 7:00am which was 8:00am the day prior), so stretching him by 30 minutes even if that means he is just playing or lying quietly in his crib. His nap is usually at 12:15pm, the day of the change I will try to get him as close to his normal nap time, worst case scenario I will at least push him to the new 11:30am. After one week of doing this and if things are going well then, I will continue to push him by 15 minute increments to get him back to his current schedule which is 7:30am out of crib, 12:15pm - 2:15pm nap time, put in bed at 7:20pm, sleeping no later than 7:30pm. I am also going to set realistic expectations in my head that he will be tired and cranky going through this process and his naps may be shorter than usual due to being overtired for a few days :(



Want to do something? If you want to do something you can push your little’one’s bedtime out 10 minutes every night for the whole week. This shift is great for children who are laid back and easy going (angel and textbook) and children who are slightly intense (spirited).


Below is an example of the shift for a child who normally goes to bed at 7:00pm. Seven days prior to the change you will want to begin pushing bedtime out by 10 minutes.


Monday, October 29: 7:10 PM Tuesday, October 30: 7:20 PM Wednesday, October 31: 7:30 PM Thursday, November 1: 7:40 PM Friday, November 2: 7:50 PM Saturday, November 3: 8:00 PM Sunday, November 4: 7:00 PM


Here’s another example for those babies that are bit more spirited and seem to get overtired quickly:


Monday, October 29: 7:15 PM Tuesday, October 30: 7:15 PM Wednesday, October 31: 7:30 PM Thursday, November 1: 7:30PM Friday, November 2: 7:45PM Saturday, November 3: 7:45PM Sunday, November 4: 7:00 PM


***Important– you will also want to push out nap schedule as well, so if baby takes two naps at 10am and 2pm then you will push them out depending on if you are doing 10 or 15 minute increments as stated above.


Your little one may be fussier and rub their eyes a lot during transition. Hang in there -- this too shall pass.

Some things you may notice the first week of the time change:

  • Baby/toddler may start yawning, rubbing eyes, or getting fussy an hour prior to their normal bedtime

  • Your baby may wake up earlier (6am or earlier) the first few days. This is why black out blinds and keeping room dark is essential. Do your best not to go in before 6:30am if normal wake up used to be 7am. Give your baby time to fall back to sleep on their own if they wake up earlier.

  • Most of all–hang in there. On average children will adjust within 7 – 14 days to the time change.

The following pages include a planner so if you “DO SOMETHING” you can plan in advance and use these journal pages to figure out naps and bedtime. Good luck!!!



--daylight savings planner--

MONDAY TIME AWAKE FOR THE DAY: _________________ FIRST NAP: _____________________________________ SECOND NAP: __________________________________ THIRD NAP: ____________________________________ BEDTIME: ______________________________________


TUESDAY TIME AWAKE FOR THE DAY: _________________ FIRST NAP: _____________________________________ SECOND NAP: __________________________________ THIRD NAP: ____________________________________ BEDTIME: ______________________________________


WEDNESDAY TIME AWAKE FOR THE DAY: _________________ FIRST NAP: _____________________________________ SECOND NAP: __________________________________ THIRD NAP: ____________________________________ BEDTIME: ______________________________________


THURSDAY TIME AWAKE FOR THE DAY: _________________ FIRST NAP: _____________________________________ SECOND NAP: __________________________________ THIRD NAP: ____________________________________ BEDTIME: ______________________________________

FRIDAY TIME AWAKE FOR THE DAY: _________________ FIRST NAP: _____________________________________ SECOND NAP: __________________________________ THIRD NAP: ____________________________________ BEDTIME: ______________________________________

SATURDAY TIME AWAKE FOR THE DAY: _________________ FIRST NAP: _____________________________________ SECOND NAP: __________________________________ THIRD NAP: ____________________________________ BEDTIME: ______________________________________


SUNDAY TIME AWAKE FOR THE DAY: _________________ FIRST NAP: _____________________________________ SECOND NAP: __________________________________ THIRD NAP: ____________________________________ BEDTIME: ______________________________________

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Pediatric Sleep Coach, Seattle WA

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Desiree Baird, pediatric sleep coach/consultant, does not offer medical advice, services, or treatment to its clients. If you are concerned about a medical issue related to your child(ren) you are urged to contact your doctor or pediatrician immediately.