Adapting Your Little One's Schedule for Daylight Savings with Zoe Sage
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Daylight Savings is coming (We know its a bit away but trying to get in early!), and while many of us relish that extra hour of sunlight or the chance to snuggle a bit longer under our doonas, our little ones might not be as understanding. For babies and toddlers who thrive on routine, the sudden shift can send their sleep schedules into a bit of a tailspin.
But fear not, dedicated mamas and papas of Australia! At Zoe Sage, we're all about nurturing and supporting mamas with pratical products to help you get through. With the upcoming daylight savings adjustment, we've gathered some tried and true tips to make the transition smoother for your little bundle of joy.
1. Gradual Adjustments
Rather than expecting your baby to adapt to the hour change instantly, consider moving their schedule in 15-minute increments. About four days before the clocks change, shift their bedtime and nap times by 15 minutes. Continue this shift each day until Daylight Savings starts, and they'll be right on schedule!
2. Embrace the Dark
Our internal clocks, or circadian rhythms, are heavily influenced by light. As the days get longer or shorter, the amount of natural light in your baby's room can affect their sleep patterns. Make use of blackout curtains or shades to keep the room consistent, signalling to your baby that it's still bedtime.
3. Maintain the Morning Routine
Even with the time shift, try to keep the morning routine as consistent as possible. If your little one wakes up an hour earlier than usual, try some quiet play or reading in their room until it's the usual time to start the day.
4. Monitor Meals
Like sleep, mealtimes can also influence your baby's internal clock. Adjust mealtimes gradually, just like you would with sleep, to help them acclimate to the new schedule.
5. Stay Calm and Flexible
Every baby is different. While some might take to the change without a hiccup, others might need a little more time. Stay patient and flexible. Remember, it's only a temporary hiccup in their routine, and they'll adjust soon.
6. Seek Support
You're not alone in this! The Zoe Sage community is here to support you. Share your experiences, ask questions, and get advice from fellow parents who have been there.
Daylight Savings might come with its challenges, especially when it involves adapting our little ones' schedules. But with a sprinkle of patience, a dash of consistency, and a dollop of love, the transition can be as smooth as a lullaby.
Keep nurturing, dear parents. The season might be changing, but the love and care you give remain steadfast.