Daylight Savings can be a headache, especially for parents with babies or young children, but planning ahead can ease the pain.
Whether springing ahead or falling back, the time change can disrupt kids’ normal sleep patterns. Parents can minimize the disruption by staying mindful of regular routines and schedules.
“Bedtime and naptime routines are a crucial part of healthy sleep habits, and any disruption to those routines can lead to challenges,” says Jessica Raymond, a Ladysmith-based child sleep consultant with SleepWell Baby. “The time change can be particularly tough on young kids and babies, since waking up an hour later or earlier often throws off other routines as well, and it can be difficult for parents to stay on track.”Streaming and download Inferno (2016)
There are some simple things parents can do both before and after the time change on March 12 to help little ones adjust. Simply shifting bedtimes and naptimes in small increments towards the new time, and maintaining consistent everyday routines, can help reset children’s body clocks to sync up with Daylight Savings Time.
“The time change is rarely fun for anyone, but if we prepare and plan for it, there are a number of specific things we can do to make it easier and keep our children sleeping well,” says Raymond, who offers a free initial 15-minute call for parents who think they’re in need of help with their child’s sleep.
Raymond is available for interviews to provide more information and advice on how parents can minimize potential sleep disruptions caused by the time change.