There are few things in this world that I absolutely despise, but I gotta be honest. Time change tops that list. I hated it as a child, and now I especially hate it now that I have a child of my own. As if 2020 hasn't been crazy enough, time change comes the night after Halloween! UGH! Let me give you three ways to prepare your family for it.
#1: The 15-minute Transition
This will begin on Thursday night. You will begin pushing bedtime back by 15 minutes each night until you get to Saturday, and on Sunday when you wake up, you will be back on a normal schedule. I am going to share a graphic with you with some sample schedules. These schedules are for babies on one nap a day. If your child is on more than one nap, just follow the same rules of the transition with all naps.
#2: The Night Before
Beginning on Saturday night, push everything beginning with dinner back one hour. If you normally eat dinner at 5pm, eat at 6pm. Then push the bedtime routine and bedtime back by one hour. When you wake up on Sunday morning, continue your day with your normal schedule.
When you begin at dinner, it gives your child a little piece of comfort because the evening routine seemingly remains the same. Your best friend will be distraction. Just distract your child enough that you can make it to the next thing. This should be fairly easy this year because the night before is Halloween.
#3: Act Like It Never Happened
I'm sure you can guess what this one is, right? You just do nothing! Go about your day on Saturday as normal, and on Sunday, wake up with the new times and act like it never happened! This usually works best with older children who may no longer taking naps or older babies that can have an hour change without getting too overtired and fussy.
And that's it guys! In theory, time change isn't as scary or frustrating as we make it out to be, but as mamas, we know that it can be THE WORST. Just remember to give grace abundantly over this next week. Everyone will be adjusting to these new times, and you can probably guarantee there will be some tantrums. You got this, mama!