Spring. Forward.

How to Deal With The Time Change and Baby’s Routine

Dealing with a time change can seem daunting, especially when you are already fatigued from lack of sleep. Here’s a rundown on how you can quickly get baby on their routine once the clocks spring forward this weekend.

1) Set your alarm clock for your typical start of day time (7am) on Sunday

  • You don’t want to “oversleep” and end up starting your day late (8am)
  • Baby may be a little cranky because this will technically be an hour earlier for them
  • Work hard to feed baby fully and pay attention to your normal Optimal Wake Time

2) Put baby down for nap at normal nap time

  • If baby doesn’t seem tired, keep trying for nap until what would be their normal nap time
  • As an example, if baby is on 90 minutes OWT, if they ate at 7:00am, nap would be 8:30am, but 8:30a on Sunday is going to feel like 7:30am and they may not be tired
  • So work to get them down for their nap until 9:30am Sunday
  • Be mindful that this may cause shorter naps

3) Work through the rest of the day by trying to carry out your routine in real time

  • If baby is able to make it through the day with appropriate naps and waketimes, put baby to bed at their normal time
  • If baby has a 7pm bedtime, this will feel like a 6pm bedtime for baby so be mindful they may be a little fussier

4) If baby takes short naps all day, you will add a catnap in the afternoon in order to get baby to bedtime and then in turn, will push bedtime an hour later than normal.

  • If baby needs this extra rest to make it to bedtime without becoming overly tired, you simply put them to bed later
  • As an example, if bedtime is typically 7pm, you will move bedtime to 8pm
  • Then you slowly move bedtime backwards by :15 minutes each night until you get to your normal 7pm bedtime

If you consistently follow the above for a couple of days, you should see your baby adjusted to the normal time very quickly… This can also be applied while traveling and changing time zones.