On Sunday 27th October at 2am, the clocks will go back one hour. For most adults this is fantastic news as it means an extra hour in bed, but for parents with young children (like myself), this is highly unlikely! If your child usually wakes at 6am, with the time change it is likely they will wake at 5am and that is not something to look forward to!
Routine is key for children, so making the transition as unnoticeable as possible is essential. However, there is no need to panic. Read our 5 top tips for getting your baby ready for the clocks going back, to ensure a stress-free bedtime!
1. Adjust your baby’s bedtime
In the week leading up to the clocks going back, try putting your baby to bed 10 minutes later each night for 6 nights. Begin this gradual change on Monday 21st October, and your baby will start to adjust and hopefully not even notice the change come Sunday 27th October.
2. Keep their room dark
The clocks going back usually means brighter mornings, which can result in your child waking earlier than you’d like. In order to avoid this, keep their bedroom as dark as possible. Blackout blinds work wonders and really helped with my little one’s bedtime routine. If you are going to be away when the clocks go back, you can also buy travel blackout blinds in case the room you are staying in doesn’t have thick curtains or blinds.
3. Give them a lie in
Try leaving your baby in their cot/bed for 10 minutes longer each morning in the lead-up to the clocks going back. This of course depends on your child’s temperament. If you know that leaving them to their own devices for any extra length of time will result in waking up the whole household and possibly the neighbours too, then you may want to skip this tip.
4. Delay dinner time
Another idea to help your child adjust to the clocks going back is to try giving them their dinner a little later each evening in the week leading up to the 27th October. This way their whole routine is kept in sync.
5. Be prepared for a temperature drop
During the autumn months the temperature will start to drop, which could lead to a disrupted sleep for your baby or toddler if they are too cold. At Slumbersac we have a fantastic selection of sleeping bags suitable for use all-year round as well as a great range of winter sleeping bags for babies, toddlers and kids. Our all-year sleeping bags come in 2.5 tog, which are suitable for room temperatures between 15-21 degrees. They are available with and without sleeves and we also sell sleeping bags with detachable sleeves, so you can be prepared whatever the weather!