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How to keep your child’s sleep routines on track during the time change

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It’s Train Up a Child Tuesday! If you have no idea what that means, go back and read the intro post and learn all about it!

This month, Anna is sharing some tips about how to adjust to the upcoming time change that happens on November 5. Also, let’s give Anna a little extra applause this month because not only is her family in the midst of moving, but she also is pregnant with her second child! I was total mush when we moved, so I’m doubly impressed that she’s able to write coherent thoughts during this time in her life (and with pregnancy and mom brain! Anna is a rock star!!).

Welcome back, Anna!

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As far as time changes go I’m not a fan for so many reasons. Number one being… why…? Why change the time at all…? I’m sure there’s some type of scientific explanation but I just can’t understand why we still do this to ourselves and our babies anymore.

Anyway this transition can be really difficult, especially in the fall, because when it comes to babies, they don’t understand that the time has changed. They still want to go to bed at the same time and they want to wake up at the same time that they’ve been waking up. So if they go to bed at 8 pm, it’s really 7 pm, and if they wake up at 7 am, it’s really 6 am. So here are a few tips to make that transition a little easier.

Tip 1 : Transition about 10-15 minutes at a time for naps, meals, and bedtime

So your daily routine will be pushed forward in the fall by about 10-15 minutes throughout the day every day until you are back on your normal schedule.

Tip  2 : Start the transition a few days before we fall back.

If you start to push things forward by about 15 minutes a few days before then by the time it comes you will almost be on track.

Tip 3 : Give it a good week to transition.

It will take time to get them transitioned a full hour forward from where they were, so like most things with parenting, it takes some time and consistency.

Hope these tips are helpful for your sweet babies. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to like my Facebook page Anna Bachelder- Train Up a Child and send me a message.

Thanks, Anna! I’m going to start on these tricks with Charlotte ASAP!

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9 thoughts on “How to keep your child’s sleep routines on track during the time change

    1. Congratulations! When are you due? Our daughter was 6 months old during the first time change she experienced, and we didn’t notice much of a difference because she wasn’t in a good routine yet. Now that she has good sleep habits, we don’t want to chance anything!

      1. I am due January 6th but I have had preemies so our goal is to make it to December so she will be 5-6 months old with the spring time change. I am hoping to start this one off with a sleep routine because not doing that with my youngest was a huge mistake and she was the kid still up every 2-3 hours until she was about 6

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