We’re 11 days away from daylight savings. Did you know that? If I’m being honest, I forgot about it until a few days ago. The good thing? This is the easiest time change ever.
There’s a few different ways you can prepare for it, but I’m going to go over the 2 easiest ones!
Just follow the clock, and stick to your typical schedule. Let me explain how this looks in real life because I was a little confused at first, too.
If you’re looking at the clock, your schedule will look the exact same. Let’s say your little one usually has a wake time of 7am, nap at 12pm, and bedtime at 7pm. You’ll still have those exact same times. It’ll just feel a little earlier to your child.
It will probably take a couple of days to get completely used to this time change, so make sure you are getting plenty of outside time in the sun to boost melatonin production as well as focusing on a good bedtime routine to help your little one fall asleep easier.
Depending on your little one’s age, you might want to do it 30 minutes at a time. Meaning you’d do a 7:30am, 12:30pm, 7:30pm bedtime. Then after a day or two go up another 30 minutes.
Act like it never happened. Yep. You read that right. This means if your little one had a 7pm bedtime, they’ll now have an 8pm bedtime. Nothing will change on their end. It will feel like the same time.
This is especially great in the summertime because it gets darker later which means many things like fireworks and nighttime activities will be later. When you have an earlier bedtime, you often miss those things.
Another added plus is that when it comes time for the next time change in November, you won’t have to worry about it. You can just move bedtime earlier. This option is ultimately easier on your little one.
Try them out and let me know which one you decide to use and how it works out!