It’s that time of year again…the days are getting shorter with more noticeable changes in the weather as daylight savings time draws nearer. It’s a tough time for most people to adjust to, let alone babies, as entire sleep schedules within a household tend to shift to accommodate for the change. This often means an earlier wake-up call for an already sleep-deprived mama.
So to help make the transition a little easier for babies and mama, I’m sharing my top sleep tips to keep in mind!
Best Baby Sleep Tips for Daylight Saving Time
1. Stick to baby’s schedule.
This is the MOST important piece of advice I can offer. As much as possible try to keep a consistent schedule…because to baby, nothing has changed. If baby typically goes down for the night at 8 pm, try to stick with that time. So no matter what the clock says once daylight savings hits, remember it will still feel like 8 pm to baby.
Tip: When you Fall back, remember to put your child to bed earlier to avoid a cranky overtired baby (8pm feels like 9pm, so put baby down at 7pm to keep the schedule!).
2. Have a downtime routine.
Another tip to help baby get to bed on time is to try a bedtime routine that starts to be a trigger for downtime. I use the 3 B’s routine that my pediatrician explained: bath time, books and bed. These three “activities” help remind baby that it’s time to quiet down and get ready to rest.
3. Keep baby comfortable
To keep baby sound asleep and thwart potential disruptions throughout the night, make sure baby is comfortable when putting down. This not only includes comfy pajamas and a soft mattress, but also a dry diaper! A wet diaper can quickly disrupt sleep throughout the night, but with three absorbent layers that provide up to 12 hours of overnight dryness protection, Pampers diapers help minimize these worries.
If you stick to these basic sleep tips, you and baby can learn to sleep well during the changing seasons!
What are your best sleep tips to help baby adjust to seasonal change?
Ana, a mom to three rambunctious little boys, has supported thousands of women throughout their pregnancy and motherhood journey since 2012 as a prenatal and postpartum educator at MommysBundle.com.