The end of Daylight Savings time is coming in just a few days! You might wonder how this shift will affect your newborn’s already delicate sleep schedule (or lack thereof). The shift can indeed be challenging, but these strategies and adjustments can be helpful. Of course, it’s always an option to outsource this to one of our team members who can offer guidance and support you through the transition. Let’s get to the tips!
- Gradual Adjustment: One effective way to prepare for the end of daylight savings time is to start making small adjustments to your baby’s schedule a few days before the change. You’ll want to move bedtime, naps, and feeding times 15 minutes earlier each day until you reach the new time. This gradual transition can help some babies adapt more easily.
- Keep Your Baby’s Room Dark: When the clocks fall back and it gets darker earlier in the evening it is important to keep your baby’s sleep environment as dark as possible. Use blackout curtains to block out any extra light and consider using a white noise machine to create a soothing atmosphere that can help your baby fall asleep.
- Stick to a Consistent Routine: Newborns thrive on routines, and maintaining a consistent routine can help them adjust to the time change. Try to keep feeding, diaper changes, and bedtime routines consistent with the new time to help your baby’s internal clock reset.
- Prioritize Nap Time: The time change can affect your baby’s nap schedule. Be prepared for some irregularities in the days following the change, and don’t be too hard on yourself or your baby if naps are a bit unpredictable. Get back to your usual routine as soon as you can.
- Offer Extra Comfort and Snuggles: Babies might be more sensitive to changes in their environment, so offer more comfort and consolation if they become fussy during the transition. Holding, rocking, and offering soothing activities can help them feel secure.
- Be Patient: Remember, adjusting to the time change can take a few days or even a week for your baby. Be patient, stay calm, and ask for help if you need it.
Most newborns will adjust easily to the time change as long as you remain calm and guide them. These are just a few tips that our team members and clients have found helpful. Remember to do what works for you and your baby.