Adjusting to Daylight Savings Time
Hey, everyone, it's Christine Stevens with Sleep Solutions by Christine. And I'm back with more sleep tips to help you and your child sleep well at night. So today's topic, Daylight Savings Time. Did you realize that it's coming up this weekend? Well, maybe some of you did. Some of it might be a little bit of a surprise to you. But I'm here to help you adjust your baby or child to the new time change.
As much as we all don't really love having to switch our clocks twice a year. It's just something that until we get rid of daylight savings time; we're kind of stuck with it. So might as well live with it. How do you handle it? That's what I'm here to help with today. Daylight Savings Time is going to start for 2023 on March 12th here in the United States. If you live in Europe, March 25 is going to be when daylight savings time is going to start. So, you have a little bit more time.
Daylight savings time is going to start this coming Sunday, what can you do to prepare a little bit? First thing, if you really want to, you can actually prepare your child or your baby for the time change, you can always put your child to bed 15 minutes earlier than you normally do. Nothing’s wrong with moving bedtime, 15 minutes earlier, your child's not going to notice. If your child's bedtime is normally about seven o'clock, then maybe start putting them to bed at about 6:45pm for the next couple of nights. Okay, so you can do a little bit of a gradual change kind of makes of a little bit less of a big change starting Sunday night.
Now one of the fun things, if you have an early riser, like maybe your baby or your child gets up between 5am to 6am, do nothing. The cool part is that starting on Sunday night, your child is going to actually sleep an hour later in the morning. Timewise we're going to jump ahead one hour. So if your child wakes between 5am and 6am, now they're going to be waking between 6-7am on Monday morning. On Sunday morning, nothing to do, so easy.
Let's go through the different ages and how you adjust. Assuming that we have no other changes made, we're going to go into the time change Saturday night, just know what time you put your child to bed. Done and we'll start making changes on Sunday the 14th.
Now, for newborns and infants that are not on a regular schedule. Newborns, infants, up to about six months old that are not on a regular schedule. Easy part is to use your child's awake windows; you're just going to jump to the new time starting on Sunday. What that schedule looks like, if your child normally goes to bed at say 7 o'clock on Saturday night, Sunday morning, look at what time your child wakes up and use your awake window. So for babies that are newborns under 3 months of age, they're only going to be awake about 60 to 75 minutes. If baby wakes up at 7am, then 8am/8:15am for the first nap. Okay, for babies that are anywhere from about 4-5 months old. They're awake windows are more like an hour and a half to 2 hours, maybe even 2.5 hours. But you get close to six months and they're about 2.5 hours. At 6, 7 months, they're usually about three. Use your child's normal awake time for now.
How quickly does your child get tired after taking another nap? Don’t keep baby awake too long. Jump to the new time starting on Sunday. For the first nap, use that first awake window, take note of it, your child wakes up, wake window again, then down for another nap. Okay? Bedtime is probably going to look like it's a little bit later, but over the course of a couple of days, it'll get back to what your normal time was before.
For those infants and toddlers that are on a sleep schedule, definitely prepare a couple days ahead of time and put your child to bed 15 minutes earlier at night. Nothing wrong with that. Saturday night you're not going to do anything. You're just going to look and see what time your child goes to bed Saturday night. Sunday morning for that first nap, things are going to look later than they normally would. For instance, if your child's first nap is always at about 10 o'clock. Sunday morning, the first day of the time change, you're going to put your child to bed at 10:15/10:30am. You're going to put them in bed a little later than you normally would. Okay? Because that 10am on Saturday now looks like 11am on Sunday. Put your child to bed 30 minutes later than you normally would, let your child sleep, they wake up. If second nap is usually at two o'clock in the afternoon, on Sunday, it's going to look like 3 o'clock. Okay, put your child to bed for nap #2 at 2:30pm. Your child should be able to handle that but always watch for those sleepy queues.
Watch for your child rubbing their eyes, yawning, turning their heads away, not really interested in what they're doing, getting extra fussy, etc. Toddlers start getting goofy and start running around more and really getting to that crazy baby stage where they're running in circles… probably time for a nap.
For those toddlers, that take one nap a day, then nap is still going to be sometime between 12 and 1 o'clock during the day. Make sure that your child is getting to sleep at about 12-12:30pm. Even the first day of the time change. Bedtime for those infants and toddlers on a sleep schedule on Sunday night, is 30 minutes later than you normally would. If Saturday night bedtime is 7 o'clock, Sunday night bedtime is 7:30pm. Done. That's how to change your child's schedule and adjust them to daylight savings time for 2022.
If you have questions, I am always available for 30 minute strategy calls whatever I can do to help so don't hesitate to reach out, head over to my website at https://www.sleepsolutionsbychristine.com and send me a quick contact request. I am happy to schedule a free 15 minute phone call to talk you through it and make sure that we have the right schedule for your child. And if there's anything else I can do to help. I'm happy to do it. Thanks again and get some sleep this weekend. Welcome spring and looking forward to summer!t.
Hey, everyone, it's Christine Stevens, owner and founder of sleep solutions by Christine. And today's topic, we're going to talk a little bit about the transition to daycare to a nanny share to another caregiver. I get a lot of questions from parents about this. Because you know, when we work together, we get our kids sleeping, and they're sleeping through the night they're doing so well, what's going to happen when they actually go to daycare? And how do you make that transition as easy as possible?
First, let's talk about what's going on when you're sending your child to daycare. Now, whether you have to send your kid to daycare because they're you have to go to work or you know, just in a little bit of a break, and you just want to send them to a babysitter for a few hours, every you know, what, a couple of times a week. Great, awesome. Think about this first, you know, you're you're handing control of your child over to someone else. So number one, make sure that you trust the person that you're leaving them with. But when you're going to daycare, your child doesn't understand, Oh, mommy, daddy, has got to go to work. And I have to be left with this new person. So remember, your child may be a little bit confused to start out, they don't understand who this new caregiver is, maybe you know, as with any new person that that baby or your child meets, it's going to take a little time for them to kind of get used to this person understand that, okay, you're a safe person, you're okay to be around. So maybe the first time that you that you start to send them to daycare or nanny and I use daycares as a the general term, maybe doing some short spurts. So maybe the first day, maybe you only leave little one for about two hours. Just enough for that one bottle. So make sure you send a good bottle.
Talk with your caregiver, whether it's a teacher, it's a babysitter, talk with them about your child's normal nap schedule, maybe don't expect a nap the first day, this is just a chance for for your little one for baby, for your toddler to get used to the new caregiver. And you know, go do a little short errand or something, maybe go to the grocery store by yourself, which is kind of a cool thing to be able to do as a mom, maybe go to the gym, maybe go get a quick haircut, or it's just something you know, just some little errand that you can do. That's going to take probably about two, maybe three hours, and then go back and get baby. Over time, your little one's gonna learn, okay, mommy drops me off. I get to play with this cool person, I get to play with these other kids, maybe? And then mommy comes back. Okay, great. That's how the day is going to work. So if all goes well, the first day, maybe the second day, maybe you leave little one for maybe just a few more hours. And you know, if it still all goes well, on the second day, okay, maybe we're gonna make sure that we try at least one nap while they're with the nanny or the or daycare or wherever they're at.
And when you're doing naps at a daycare or with nanny when someone else another caregiver, such as a babysitter is going to give your child a nap. Talk with them about when your child typically naps, maybe you have an infant and your child is not on a nap schedule quite yet. That's okay. But at least talk to talk to your caregiver about awake times. Give the quick briefing first thing in the morning when you walk in. Okay, little one woke up at about six o'clock this morning. Hey, naptime should be about x. And for most infants, that's somewhere between anywhere from you know, hour, hour and a half to maybe two and a half to three hours after they arrive after they get out of bed in the morning. So whatever the time that is, let your caregiver know, give them an at least a rough estimate of when baby should be going down for a nap. Also talk with your caregiver about how your baby or your child is going to nap that day. How do you get them to go to sleep? Do you typically hold them and rock them till they're asleep? Do you typically put them in a sleep sack? After a quick snack, put them in their crib night night? Do you use a pacifier? Anything like that. If you use something like that a tool to help your child fall asleep. Make sure that you've got it, but also talk with your caregiver. But if it's also something that you don't normally do, such as rocking, feeding or something like that to use or a pacifier, then talk with your caregiver about possibly avoiding those things that you know sometimes we have to be a little flexible with our kids. They're not robots, they don't always do things the same way every single time. So we want to give them a little bit of grace and a little bit of help. Sometimes caregivers do so much for us. And we want to you know, make it a little bit easier on them.
Within a couple of days, and then after first week or so, you've had this kind of trial period of sending your little one to the new nanny share, they're going to get used to it. Okay? Now, maybe you've sent one, maybe two bottles over the first week, we've tried another nap. By the end of that by the end of those first couple of days, first four or five days of going to take care of nanny, share whatever, you want to make sure that they're eating. That's the other thing that can happen a little bit, too. Not only are kids confused that they don't understand who this new caregiver is, but they may also not understand it's okay to eat from this person. So if your child's never had a bottle from anyone else, but maybe a spouse or another family member, it's gonna take them a little bit of time, it may take them a couple of days. What some kids will do when they first start daycare, they'll go on a little bit of a hunger strike. They don't understand this new person, ooh, who are you? Am I allowed to eat from you Yikes. Commagene what your kids going through. So what can you do if your kids going on a hunger strike when they start daycare? First, what you can do is track have your provider track the number of ounces, that baby or your child, you know, what they're eating during the day. And if that's significantly less, well, then maybe the first thing to do before you get in the car before you take that ride home, probably feed baby, because they're probably hungry, and little one may be kind of holding out for you. Make sure little one is is getting something to eat before you head home. And really focus on that, over the course of about one to two weeks, your child will get much more used to eating from that caregiver and should be right back to normal eating schedule.
Now, when it comes to the sleep, with daycare, maybe you've got this great nap or at home, and you're so worried about what's going to happen with daycare, you can always talk with your provider; you want to come at this with a partnership attitude versus "this is what I want you to do" always works a lot better. Remember you're going to get a lot more flies from honey than vinegar. Right? Start the conversation as a partnership mindset. How can we work together? Find out what your providers normal daycare schedule is. Is it something that you can set? If you're going to a maybe a larger daycare or home based daycare, do they have set nap times? Talk with your provider about what would be the schedule and about when my child takes a nap during the day. How can we make this best work?
Make sure that little one is still getting naps during the day, even if they're with another caregiver. And if you find out at the end of the day, when you pick them up, that maybe naps didn't go so well. Because there's all these new kids to play with and use new toys and new things to try and new people to hang out with. Sometimes it's a little tougher to get them to take a nap. It happens with a little bit of practice, they'll get much better at it. Make sure that you know if little one isn't napping all that well at daycare at first. And that one can take probably another two or three weeks to really start to come together and be and be in bed or nap or at daycare. But also think about what you can do at the end of the day. If for some reason naps just go horribly wrong; they're not happening. Naps were too short at daycare, whatever that is. What is your fallback plan? What can you do? There's always the 15 minute power nap at the end of the day that will help to save you a little bit. So if your little one isn't sleeping all that great, maybe had two, 30 minute naps and you show up and it's like oh yeah, they've slept 60 minutes total all day long. Whereas at home, maybe baby sleeps 45 minutes to an hour per nap. Okay, what's our fallback plan? First thing, quick 15 minute cat nap in the afternoon. You know, right as you're going home, maybe they eat, feed them, get them in the car, give them a little 15-20 minute cat nap that should carry them through to bedtime. If all else fails and you know you're going to be picking your kid up, and it's getting too close to bedtime, an early bedtime is always a good idea. 30-45 minutes early is never problem to put your child to bed a little early, especially when they're babies. Sometimes it can be really stressful to get home and you're just getting home from work. And you've got to get the baby fed. You've got to get the baby in bed and all you want to do is to see your baby. I get it. Try to spend maybe 15 minutes after you fed them just hanging out and seeing your baby. But remember, get your bed baby in bed a little bit early. Overtired babies, they're not going to sleep as well at night. So as much as we really want to keep them up. It's best to give our babies plenty of chance to get some sleep at night.
So, that's kind of daycare transition in a nutshell. Do it a little bit gradually as much as you can. I understand it's hard to drop your kid off and have to head to work the next day the day. The day that you're done with maternity leave, try to do it in a little bit of a gradual way and get your child used to that new provider. Watch the feedings, making sure your child is still eating and it's not turning into the all night buffet because they've been waiting for you all afternoon. Make sure the baby is still sleeping at night. Make sure the baby is starting to take some decent naps at daycare, work on that, work on those naps at home and have that fallback plan if little one isn't sleeping at daycare. Within a few weeks, little one should be adjusted to daycare.
Alright, those are my best tips for daycare transition. I wish you all the best in wherever that your child is taken care of. And if you've got questions, feel free to give me a call or go to my website!
Send me a contact request. Let me know your questions. I am happy to chat with you. Alright, so until next time, I am Christine Stevens, owner and founder of sleep solutions by Christine. Have a great day and sleep well
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