It’s that time of year again! The leaves are changing color, the sky is cloudier and days are getting shorter. Daylight savings ends on November 1, which can always stir up some worry for Parents. But wait, we get an extra hour of sleep, right?! True! But if you have kids, you know it’s not quite that simple. Before you start to panic about changing your clock again, we’ve got a few tips to help you and your family “fall back” without frustration.
Make bedtime something to look forward to!
Who doesn’t love to sink into a warm and cozy bed at the end of the day? Make your bed as welcoming as possible. Buy the softest sheets you can find, in your child’s favorite colors. Check out some of our best crib sheets and blankets here!
About a week before the clock changes, put kids to bed about 15 minutes later each day. That way, Baby won’t be bright and squirrely at 5am when everyone else is still sleeping. Also, before putting kids to bed each night, give them a 10 minute bedtime warning and set a timer - that way there are no surprises when it’s time for the day to end and bed time stories begin. Try giving your child a special "bedtime buddy" that lives only in their bed and they get to cuddle with specially at bedtime!
Wake up at your normal time on Sunday
Resist the temptation to stay up late this Halloween and sleep in on Sunday! It’s easy to get super excited about getting an extra hour of sleep on Sunday morning after the clock falls back, but it might make it a little harder for you and your family to establish your regular sleep routine on Monday.
Let nature take the lead
If you have blackout curtains in your bedrooms, take them down! This will give you as much natural sunlight in the morning as possible, which will help you wake up easier.
Every child is different, and you’ll figure out the best way for you and your family to cope with the change. Pay extra attention to how your child reacts during Daylight Savings beginning and ending throughout the year to help you develop the best routine for you and your family.
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