• Kaylee Caldwell

Daylight Savings Spring Forward: How to Adjust your Baby's Sleep Schedule

Spring is my favorite season of the year!

The weather is finally nice enough to take the kids to the park, gardening plans are being made, and it's as if the world returns to color after a cold, snowy winter.

However, if you're a parent you might be dreading a specific event that occurs each spring....Daylight Savings Time. Ugh.

I have great news though! Unlike Daylight Savings Time in November, we will be springing forward an hour instead of falling back an hour. This means an extra hour of sleep is on the horizon for parents of early risers. If your child wakes up at 5AM, they will now be waking at 6AM after the time change. 🎉

Here are 3 ways you can adjust your baby's schedule for Daylight Savings Time:

Option 1: Go With The Flow

This means you will do nothing to adjust your child's schedule and continue maintaining your normal routine. Allow your baby to wake at their normal wake up time, which will look an hour later on the clock. This will put bedtime an hour later on the clock too! So if your child follows a 7AM-7PM schedule, this will now be an 8AM-8PM schedule according to the clock.

For some this plan isn't realistic if you need your child awake by a specific time to make it to daycare or school. This option might also not work for infants as it is much harder for babies to step outside of their normal routine, especially pushing bedtime an hour later.

Option 2: Make a Gradual Adjustment

Starting the week before the time change, adjust your baby's schedule by 10 minutes earlier than normal each day so that the day of the time change, your baby is waking at 7AM "again". This means by day 3, waking up, going down for naps, and bedtime are happening 30 minutes earlier than normal. By day 7, your child should resume their "normal schedule" according to the clock.

Option 3: Make a Quick Adjustment Over the Weekend

The morning after the time change, go in and wake your baby up 30 minutes earlier. This will look to be 30 minutes later on the clock, but to your baby this will feel like 30 minutes earlier. Bedtime will be 30 minutes earlier too! If your baby is on a set nap schedule you will adjust naps 30 minutes earlier. You may need to adjust nap times more during the next week or so after the time change, some babies need a little extra help adjusting and that's okay!

There is no right or wrong way to do it, so go with the option that works best for your family and your baby. Remember to let in plenty of sunlight during the day and follow those age appropriate wake windows to help your baby catch on to the time adjustment easier. If you find your baby's sleep habits are not returning to normal after the time change adjustment, book a free consultation and let's chat!