Infants And Adjusting To The New Time

This past weekend we moved our clocks back one hour for daylight savings time. Changing the time of day can be difficult on all of us (it can be just like jet lag!), but it can be especially difficult on young children and infants. They are running on their body’s clock – not the artificial one hanging on the wall. So the time it gets dark and the numbers on the clock often don’t help them in adjusting their schedules to the new time zone.

To help your baby or toddler adjust, we recommend doing the adjustment gradually. Put your little one to bed at their regular bed time, then the next night adjust it by 15 minutes. Give them a few days to get used to the new time and then adjust it by another 15 minutes. It might take you several days or even weeks to adjust their schedule by the full one hour, but you will be so happy that you did – and so will your baby!

If you have school-aged children, you might even want to adjust their bedtime to be one-hour earlier than normal – that way they will be getting lots of rest and it will make getting up in time for the bus much easier!

Do you have any other tips for helping your little ones adjust to the new time zone? Please share your tips and tricks with other moms by leaving a comment below.

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