Daylight Savings Time: Helping Children Adjust Sleep Patterns

by Notorious Spinks on 11.06.2013

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For many of us, Daylight Savings Time has come and gone.  However, my body is still shell-shocked by the time change and is trying to figure out just what happened.  It seems everyone around here is off course, including the little ones.  This morning the baby was up at 4:45am (insert hysterical cry here). Helping babies sleep through the nightThank God we’re not alone in this struggle, especially since research shows that at least 52% of moms feel that their baby’s sleep patterns are disturbed by daylight savings time.  Whew, and I thought we were alone over here.  But, all is not lost.  Thanks to Kim West aka “The Sleep Lady” we have some tips that you can use to help your child transition more easily to the change in time. Below are a few tips that West suggests to help everyone, especially the little ones adjust:

  • Make sure the little ones are well-rested – I don’t know about you but nap time is a staple in our household and it is important that children under the age of 4 takes naps.   More so, take special care to make sure that before and after naps that children are exposed to light to help them associate light with dark.  Also, it may help to dim lights and close curtains at least 30 to 45 minutes before nap time.
  • Loosen up on the schedule – I know that we like to move like robots and keep our schedules in tact but daylight savings time is an exception.  With the sudden change to the time and our bodies, it will help the little ones if leading up to and afterwards to slowly begin adjusting daily activities forward in 10-15 increments until the hour is made up.  This way your child’s internal clock will be adjusted and in sync with the time change.
  • Commit to a nighttime routine – Children like routines and we do too but sometimes find it hard to stick to with life happening.  But I can admit that committing to a routine is worth the effort.  For instance, Bella knows that after her bath, which happens about 6pm, she can expect to be in bed by 7pm like clock work.  At 4 months, she is sleeping through the night but gets a couple of breast feedings between and goes back to sleep.  Also, it’s important to make sure you put a dry diaper on the little ones right before bed.

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patricia November 14, 2013 at 6:44 pm

My kids always adjusted fine to the daylight savings time they just never did well when we moved the clocks forward.

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Amanda Love November 14, 2013 at 1:31 pm

We did pretty ok with the time change on our end. These new and improved pampers are really great as well. Thanks for the tips.

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Bobbi Renee Hass-Burleson November 14, 2013 at 12:19 pm

UGH I remember there was nothing worse than the time changes on my little ones and their sleep (and subsequently my sleep)!

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Melanie a/k/a Crazy Mom November 14, 2013 at 11:56 am

wonderful tips; I know daylight savings time is always hard on myself, can imagine how hard it can be on the little ones. Thanks for sharing

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amanda November 14, 2013 at 10:15 am

i lived in AZ until earlier this year – no DST, but I tell you, either way kids are always changing their sleep cycles.

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Ashley Gill November 14, 2013 at 9:14 am

I used luvs most of the time, but pampers are newborns.. they just fit better! Babies always deserve the best!

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Teresa Mccluskey November 13, 2013 at 11:39 pm

I love pampers! I am a mother of two (a soon to be 3 yr old) and a (1 yr old) I used pampers with both!

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Sarah Bailey November 13, 2013 at 10:00 pm

It amazes me how much pampers are used they seem to be a complete worldwide brand that I know my parents used on me :) X

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Maria November 13, 2013 at 9:55 pm

Great tips! My kids always had a hard adjustment period to time change.

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Robyn November 13, 2013 at 9:32 pm

Pampers are my favorite diaper brand. No on can compete!

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Tough Cookie Mommy November 13, 2013 at 9:31 pm

It’s important to consider how daylight savings time disrupts the fragile sleeping schedules of babies. I never had a problem with it when my boys were babies, they adjusted pretty quickly.

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Annie November 13, 2013 at 9:01 pm

I still find it weird that it’s light out so early & gets dark too early. But we’ll be moaning & groaning once we lose one hour in the spring :P

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Karen November 13, 2013 at 7:03 pm

These are great tips, its awesome to help baby sleep through the night

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Pam November 13, 2013 at 5:10 pm

My daughter would wake up ever few minutes when she was a baby. I thought I would never get any sleep!

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Rachee November 13, 2013 at 4:40 pm

When my niece was little Daylight Savings Time meant nothing to her! She kept the same patterns and all. My sister was so tired. Now she’s always napping!

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Jennifer Williams November 13, 2013 at 4:01 pm

I am so glad I am a stay at home mom and home school my youngest. He does not adapt well to change so we are able to keep his schedule the same regardless of the time change. These are great tips though that I actually used with my oldest.

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Amanda @ Erickson and Co. November 13, 2013 at 3:36 pm

I hate trying to get my two year old to adjust to daylight savings time changes. Thanks for the tips!

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Theresa November 13, 2013 at 3:14 pm

I swore by Pampers when my girls were babies. They have the best absorbancy and don’t tear easily. And I love how they smell. Well, before the baby goes in them lol.

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Michele November 13, 2013 at 2:17 pm

That is one nice giveaway! At the moment I have no one to give the Pampers to (not until Feb anyway)–but I am sure all new parents could use those gift cards!

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Amberlee Cave November 13, 2013 at 1:31 pm

I am glad they have changed pampers. I used to hate them. I will have to give them a second chance. Thanks for sharing!

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Pam November 13, 2013 at 12:33 pm

I completely understand with the daylight savings time thing because I have trouble, my husband, my adult kids and my dogs, LOL.

Great tips to help the little ones adjust. Pampers are a great diaper.

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Terry November 13, 2013 at 11:23 am

My Daughter was never a good sleeper as a baby, but she had some digestive problems so that was probably a lot of it.

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Robin (Masshole Mommy) November 13, 2013 at 11:12 am

Awesome tips. I always feel like the fall back is so much harder than the spring ahead, but I did loosen up on the schedule/routine a tiny bit and that did help!

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