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4 Tips to Adjust Your Baby's Sleep When the Clocks Go Forward

4 Tips to Adjust Your Baby's Sleep When the Clocks Go Forward

If you've worked hard to get your baby's sleep into a great routine that works well you'll know how frustrating it is when something comes along and messes it up, teething, travel and the clocks changing are all frustrating but unavoidable!

Here are four tips for making the spring clock-change easier to cope with...

Make A Gradual Change

A week before the clocks 'spring forward' start your evening bedtime routine ten minutes early, then next day add another ten minutes and so on until the evening of the clock change you'll be bang on time. If your baby is pretty easy going around sleep times then you can shorten the process to two or three days and do 20 or 30 minute leaps.

With this method your baby should wake up at the new 'correct' time on the morning that the clocks changed.

4 Tips to Adjust Your Baby's Sleep When the Clocks Go Forward

Stick To Your Daily Routine

Keep your bedtime routines the same as normal, despite the times changing. For older toddlers it can be beneficial to do a late afternoon walk or park trip to get rid of some extra energy, add a little tiredness to counteract the earlier bedtimes.

Longer Naps

It can be beneficial to slightly lengthen daytime naps if possible the day before the clocks change, an overtired baby may struggle to get to sleep. If you're out and about then SnoozeShade will help extend a nap!

Be Patient

It shouldn't take too long for your baby (and you!) to adapt to the new times if you follow these guidelines, but be prepared for some later mornings (hopefully!)

Further Reading:

Clocks Going Back and Baby Sleep
How to Handle Baby Sleep When The Clocks Go Back
Don't "Fall Back" Into Early Mornings! - How To Navigate to Clock Change

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