With the clocks going forward on 29th March, it is worth taking a few moments to think about the effect it can have on babies and toddlers and how you can best prepare them for it. But don’t worry - with a few simple tricks, you can get your children ready for the change.
On 29th March at 2 AM, in the wee small hours between Saturday and Sunday, the clocks go forward by one hour. In practical terms, for adults, all this means is one hour less sleep. Whilst this is disagreeable, adults usually compensate the lack of sleep and fatigue quite easily and after a few days everything is back to normal. However, young children can be more sensitive to the forced change in their usual daily routine.
By preparing for the change in with a few simple actions, you can get your children ready to daylight saving time. Here are a few tips:
If you don’t already have them, this is the perfect time to purchase some black out blinds or curtains for your nursery; the evenings will be a lot brighter after the clocks for forward, which can distract your child from sleeping.
About one week prior to the change, start your baby’s bedroom routine 10 minutes earlier each night. Don’t change the rest of your current bedtime routine as you want to be sure that you minimize any disruption. Starting 10 minutes earlier will allow their bodies to adjust gradually to their bedtime so there is no sudden change.
Wake them up at their normal times in the mornings - It is important during this transition not to let your child to sleep in in the mornings. Also, try to allow them to wake up naturally, for example by opening the curtains slightly and letting the sunlight in.
During the spring, the temperature begins to steadily rise, for which many of us are very grateful! However, a hot agitated baby will lead to disrupted sleep during the night, so this is the perfect time to start adjusting their bedtime clothes and bedding. Switching from winter clothing and bedding to summer clothing and bedding will reduce the likelihood of your baby becoming too hot during the spring and summer months. You can find our guide ‘What to wear while sleeping in a baby sleeping bag’ here.
The warm winter sleeping bag can be exchanged to a thinner sleeping bag to avoid sweating and overheating. Slumbersac summer sleeping bags (approx.. 1 Tog) are lightly padded and perfect for this transitional period in the spring and early summer. These bags are suitable for room temperatures between 18 and 24 degrees. For hotter summer temperatures above 24 degrees, or for holidays in hot countries, we recommend unpadded light weight summer sleeping bags (approx. 0.5 Tog).