Get ready to 'spring forward' into Daylight Savings Time
This time change is the less 'scary' of the two :) Parents tend to not sweat this one as much, because it typically doesn't involve 5AM wake up calls from your kiddos!
In short, try not to overthink it! If your child is well rested and is not sensitive to change (1 hour), then I say follow the clock. This time change will involve your child being under tired this time around. Yay!
Being under tired, may look like:
+ Playing in bed or looking restless for upwards of 1 hour (most common)
+ Waking middle of the night for a brief period
+ Waking early in the morning if sleep needs have been met
+ Taking extra time to fall asleep at nap time.
+ If you have a child who is a chronic 'mucker' at bedtime, wake them 30 minutes early in the morning. Then do nap and bedtime 30 minutes later, as well. This will help them build just a little more sleep pressure, so that when the clocks do change, they will be able to fall asleep a little easier. With this approach, you are incorporating that 1 hour difference.
+Preschoolers who can tell time on a digital clock could benefit from this trick!
Set the clock forward by 30 minutes. This way when it reads 8:30 they will have successfully gone to bed 30-minutes "later". wink, wink!
Now that the sun will be out longer and later, be sure you are exposing your child to natural sunlight and outdoor play. On the flip side of that, double check the darkness of your child's room. The sun will be shining before AND after your child should be awake in the morning or asleep for the night. Make sure their rooms are completely blacked out from light as much as possible to avoid sleep disturbances.
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