The move to British Summer Time brings longer days and lighter evenings, but it also means a whole hour less in bed for you and your children!
Thankfully though, this year the clocks go forward on a Sunday, so you don't to worry about potentially getting your children to school or nursery late!
This year the clocks go forward one hour on Sunday 26th March at 1am and it’s worth taking a few moments to think about the effect it can have on your babies, toddlers and children and how you can best prepare them for it. But don’t worry - with a few simple tips, you won't even notice the change! Promise!
For parents one hour less sleep is easy to deal with, but young children can be more sensitive to the forced change in their usual daily routine.
Here are a few tips to help you with the clocks going forward:
1. Black out blinds: If you don’t already have them, this is the perfect time to purchase some black out blinds or thicker curtains for your child’s bedroom or nursery; the evenings will be a lot brighter after the clocks go forward, which can distract your child from sleeping.
2. Alter their bedtime: The day before the clocks go forward, start your baby’s bedtime routine half an hour earlier than normal and then adjust by another half an hour the day the clocks go forward. This will allow their bodies to adjust gradually to bedtime, so there is no sudden change to their usual routine.
3. Wake them up at their normal time in the morning: It is important during this transition not to let your child “sleep in” in the mornings. It may be worth trying to help them wake naturally, by opening the curtains to let the sunlight in.
4. Cooler clothes and bedding: During the spring the temperature begins to steadily rise, which is great, but it can also mean disruption to your child’s sleeping patterns! We suggest switching to cooler clothing and bedding so that they don’t overheat and become uncomfortable. For more advice view our handy Tog Guide. Slumbersac summer sleeping bags (approximately 1 Tog) are lightly padded and perfect for this transitional period into the spring and summer months. These bags are suitable for room temperatures between 18 and 24 degrees. For hotter, summer temperatures above 24 degrees, or for holidays abroad, we recommend unpadded lightweight summer sleeping bags (approx. 0.5 Tog).
We hope you find these tips helpful and that you and your child enjoy the perfect night's sleep when the clocks go forward!
For more information please visit our Sleep Centre.