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Spring forward to a lie in…

Most clock changes can worry parents as they aren’t sure how it will affect their little one sleep
but this clock change could be the thing that helps all those early risers!! If your little one is
normally getting up at 5.30-6.00 then hey-presto, it’s now 6.30-7.00!!
You may still want to consider how to manage the clock change so their whole day doesn’t
change. This may include waking your little one in the morning (audible gasp!!) of the clock
change. Yes you heard me right, you may want to consider waking them…you may not need to
or want to but something to think about. If your little one has a great sleep routine and sleeping
late in the morning will disrupt all their day time naps then something you may wish to do.

Methods for managing the clock change in the long term…
– Going cold turkey. Lots of children will manage this just fine and can be the easiest to
manage. Simply stick with the new times as soon as they happen so on Sunday night,
just put your little one to bed at their “normal” time. You can also put them down an hour
earlier Saturday night before the clock change so they wake at their normal time on the
first day.
– A gradual approach. This is a very subtle way of changing their body clocks and may be
of use if you have a younger, highly sensitive child who is on a great day time nap
routine that you are worried about. This involves placing your child down 15 minutes
earlier every day for four nights starting Wednesday night so when they wake on
Sunday, it will be their normal time.
– Split the difference. Again this is good for a more sensitive sleeper where you don’t want
to manage it over four days. Simply split the hour in half so Friday night, pop them down
30 minutes early and again on Saturday night so Sunday morning becomes their normal
wake up time.

Images courtesy of Capture the light photography UK

Methods for managing the clock change in the long term…
– Going cold turkey. Lots of children will manage this just fine and can be the easiest to
manage. Simply stick with the new times as soon as they happen so on Sunday night,
just put your little one to bed at their “normal” time. You can also put them down an hour
earlier Saturday night before the clock change so they wake at their normal time on the
first day.
– A gradual approach. This is a very subtle way of changing their body clocks and may be
of use if you have a younger, highly sensitive child who is on a great day time nap
routine that you are worried about. This involves placing your child down 15 minutes
earlier every day for four nights starting Wednesday night so when they wake on
Sunday, it will be their normal time.
– Split the difference. Again this is good for a more sensitive sleeper where you don’t want
to manage it over four days. Simply split the hour in half so Friday night, pop them down
30 minutes early and again on Saturday night so Sunday morning becomes their normal
wake up time.
The majority of children will manage just fine on the cold turkey approach and this is much
easier to manage for parents but if you feel an hour will disrupt their sleep too much. If you do
suffer with an early riser, you may wish to cash in on the “extra hour” in the morning and
continue with their daily routine from this time. A lot of early rising is caused by overtiredness so
those early nights can really help whether it happens on Saturday or Sunday night.

Images courtesy of Capture the light photography UK

Not only do you want to consider managing bedtimes and nap times for this clock change but
here are some other things you may want to consider when you face the clock change:
– Black out blinds!! Those mornings will now be a little brighter in your childs room so
make sure all that lovely spring sunshine is blocked out or you may start seeing those
early mornings.
– Adjust those sleep/wake clocks!! Technology now is amazing and most of your phones /
TV’s, watches may change the time but unfortunately the sleep / wake clock doesn’t so
make sure you get these on the new times to save early mornings.

Thank you
Claire Louise
hello@clairelouisesleep.co.uk
Facebook & Instagram – Claire Louise Sleep Consultant

 All Images courtesy of Capture the light photography. www.capturethelightphoto.co.uk

 

 

 

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