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). Thank 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.
Now that Bella is sleeping longer and coming into her personality, we’re finding that she doesn’t like to be awakened so we really needed a pamper that could hold up for at least 12 hours. Yes, she sleeps that long sometimes. Thanks to Double Duty Divas, we were able to try Pampers’ Baby Dry diapers. Pampers’ Baby Dry diapers have been great so far with the three layers of protection. With our former brand, we often had to change the sheets due to leakage when she slept for long periods of time (8 hours or more) and we love that her fat thighs have more leg room with these. Besides, who needs extra laundry? Want to know more about Pampers’ Baby Dry diapers? Well join us for the #PampersSleepChat Twitter Party! When: November 7, 2013 at 9pm EST/8pm CST Where: Twitter, of course! RSVP: http://twtvite.com/pamperssleepchat Prizes:
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