Set a reminder mamas, because the clocks change this weekend (Sunday 29th October). Helping your baby adjust to the clocks going back, which results in a one-hour time change, can be a challenge, but there are things you can do to make the transition smoother. Here are some tips to help your baby adapt.
Adjust your little one’s bedtime gradually
Start adjusting your baby’s schedule a few days before the time change. Shift their sleep and feeding times by 15 minutes each day leading up to the time change. This gradual adjustment can make the transition less abrupt.
Shift your baby’s bedtime gradually, following the same 15-minute adjustment schedule. For example, if your baby typically goes to bed at 7:00 PM, adjust it to 7:15 PM on night one, then 7:30 PM one night two, and so on until you reach the desired time after the time change.
You can read some more expert advice about shifting your little one’s bedtime here.
Maintain a consistent routine
Babies thrive on routines, so try to maintain a consistent daily schedule for feeding, napping, and bedtime. This will help signal their body when it’s time to sleep.
Maximise natural light
Natural light plays a significant role in regulating your baby’s internal clock. During the day, expose your baby to natural sunlight by going for a walk or playing outside. This can help reset their circadian rhythm.
Dim the lights in the evening
As bedtime approaches, gradually dim the lights in your home. This will signal to your baby that it’s time to wind down.
Be patient and flexible
Remember that it might take some time for your baby to fully adjust to the new schedule. Be patient and understanding if they have a few rough nights. Continue with the new routine, and they will likely adapt within a week or so. Every baby is different, and what works for one may not work for another. Be flexible and willing to adapt your approach if necessary.
Comfort and soothe
If your baby is having trouble falling asleep due to the time change, offer extra comfort and soothing. Gentle rocking, cuddling, or a pacifier can help them relax and fall asleep.
Create a calm bedtime environment
Make sure your baby’s sleep environment is conducive to rest. Keep the room cool, dark, and quiet. Consider using white noise machines or gentle lullabies to create a calming atmosphere.
Stick to the new schedule
Once you’ve adjusted your baby’s schedule, try to stick to it as consistently as possible. Consistency is key in helping your baby establish a new routine.
Remember that it may take some time for your baby to fully adjust to the clocks going back, and some babies may adapt more quickly than others. Be patient, and in a few weeks, your baby should be comfortably settled into the new routine.