Fall back

 

Daylight savings tips Fall back.


To help you little one with this adjustment, here are some tips:

If your child goes to bed at 7pm then when it is time to put the clock back it would be 6pm. This is not a problem for bedtime but can cause some early morning waking and if you child is currently an early riser it can get even earlier. As an example if your child is used to getting up at 6.30am he will get up at 5.30am.



Here are two approaches for you to use as preventative measures.

COLD TURKEY

 

Keep your child up on the first night up to one hour later than their normal bedtime and in the morning if they wake early maintain your normal routine by the clock. Hold off from getting them up until their normal time if you can. You may have to be a little strict about it by putting them back to bed. This is an easier with older children.

GRADUAL

 

Start on the Thursday night and work in 15 minute increments Move your child’s bedtime later by 15 minutes every night (7.15pm, 7.30pm, 7.45pm, 8.00pm) and delay getting them up by 15 minutes every morning (7.15am, 7.30am, 7.45am, 8.00am) for example. By Sunday night once the clock has gone back an hour they will be back to going to bed at their normal bedtime of 7pm. This is easier for babies and younger children.

Don’t compensate for the lost hour and work on the real time as it is by the clock.

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