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Plan Ahead to “Fall Back”: Strategies to Adjust Your Baby or Toddler’s Sleep as Daylight Savings Tim

We all remember the days—perhaps not so long ago—when the end of Daylight Savings Time meant getting an extra, glorious hour of sleep, thanks to the clocks “falling back.” But now that you have a baby or toddler, it’s not so simple. Little ones can’t sleep-in just because the time on the clocks has changed. But don’t worry, Baby Sleep Science is here to help! In these two FREE webinars about handling the end of Daylight Savings Time with a baby or toddler, we'll teach you how to navigate the time change without stress or sleep loss—for you and your little one. Click image to play webinar. Click image to play webinar. In these pre-recorded webinars, taught by Baby Sleep Science co-founder Eri

A Step by Step Plan for Navigating the End of Daylight Savings Time with Your Baby or Toddler.

(Updated and revised from an earlier post.) On Sunday, November 3, 2019, at 2:00am we will “fall back” and set our clocks back by an hour. This means 2:00am will become 1:00am by the clock. The following are steps to shift your child’s body clock gradually 1 hour later during the week before the time change so that after the change you are back where you started. (If you’ve waited until the last minute and have an older toddler or preschool-age child, see our “slam-shift” blog here.) Overview: This blog is for babies/children who are between 5 months and 4 years old. (Babies younger than 5 months are far less affected by the time change.) On Sunday morning, November 3, the sun will rise 1 ho

The Daylight Savings Time “Slam Shift”

We know there are people out there who either just didn’t realize that the “fall back” DST transition was this weekend or who don’t feel like it’s a big deal (or who are too darn tired to care—hugs). However, it may become a big deal if your baby or toddler is up an hour early next week! For those of you who haven’t taken the time to adjust your child slowly, we present the “Slam Shift.” The Science The fall Daylight Savings time transition is essentially the same as traveling one hour Westward. You’ll need to shift your child’s bed and wake time one hour later in order to achieve the same clock time schedule that you had before the time change. Moving bedtime is easy, because you just keep