The clocks go back on Monday 31st October and many of us will be rubbing our hands with glee at the prospect of an extra hour in bed. Not if you’re a parent of a young baby or toddler though. Try explaining ‘daylight savings time’ to a little one! But don’t worry, here are some useful bedtime tips for when the clocks change to make the transition easier.
6 Bedtime Tips For When The Clocks Change
- Keep up a calming bedtime routine – quiet time, a bath, story time or baby massage all help to put your little one in the mood for sleep. Dim the lights, lower the TV, think C-A-L-M.
- In the week leading up to the clock change start putting your baby to bed 15 minutes later each evening. This will help them to adjust gradually so (hopefully!) they will wake that little bit later in the morning. You may also need to adjust nap/feeding times accordingly.
- For older babies and toddlers, fresh air and outdoor play can help to tire them out so try and get them out for a little activity every day – weather permitting of course.
- Ditch the devices! TV and electronic devices can overstimulate your little one so switch these off at least an hour before bedtime.
- Make sure the room is dark enough for your little one to sleep. If there is bright light outside, blackout blinds can help. A soothing nightlight like our ClevaPure™ Salt Lamp will cast a cosy glow to help your little one drift off.
- Above all, be flexible. A baby’s sleep routine won’t change overnight but within a few days, they will adjust.
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