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If you didn’t realize it this weekend we set our clocks back — fall back. It’s Daylight Savings Time! I never look forward to Daylights Savings Time because it normally throws my kids sleeping schedules out of whack.
Did you know that over half of moms (52%) feel that their baby’s sleep patterns are thrown off when the clocks ‘fall back’ and Daylight Savings Time ends? With five children it takes quite awhile to get everyone acclimated to the new time and you would think it’s only an hour difference but that one hour makes such a huge difference. So what can I do to make it easier for my children?
Kim West, LCSW-C, known to her clients as The Sleep Lady has some great tips to help you prepare for this weekends time change:
1) To help make ensure that your baby’s sleep doesn’t go completely off course, make a slow transition. Make a point to slowly adjust your child’s bedtime and nap times an hour earlier, just 15-30 minutes a day for a few days before daylight savings ends. This way, your child will already be adjusted to the time change. While you’re adjusting naps and bedtime, make sure that you also adjust mealtimes in 10-15 minute increments to help ease the transition.
2) To help your baby sleep more soundly, consider installing blackout curtains. My kids bedrooms have blinds and curtains over the blinds, why is this so important? It makes the room darker. Yes it will get darker earlier but it will get lighter outside earlier so their bedrooms will not be bright and this will allow them to sleep later not losing the initial hour.
3) Make sure that your children are well-napped during the day so that when the time change takes effect having a later-feeling bedtime isn’t as much of an issue. Between naps, make sure that your children are exposed to plenty of natural light; open the curtains, take an afternoon walk, or just play outside. To help your children adjust, about 30-45 minutes before naps and an hour before bedtime.
4) To ensure a full nights sleep for my little one and myself we use Pampers diapers. My two-year old son is a super heavy wetter and if I use any other diaper I find that he wakes up in the middle of the night all wet with wet bed sheets.
I do not know about you but I need as much sleep as possible especially since we have a new baby who gets up and nurses throughout the night. Pampers Baby Dry diapers offer little ones up to 12 hours of overnight protection! Pampers to my rescue!
Pampers Baby Dry has 3 layers of absorbency versus only 2 in an ordinary diaper. And with a wide UltraAbsorb layer, Baby Dry offers outstanding leakage protection and flexes for a snug, comfortable fit. Pampers Baby Dry diapers are available in sizes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6.
Lastly, my personal tip is to give little ones a bath before bed give them a nice warm bubble bath which I find makes my little ones relaxed and ready for bed instead of wanting to stay up later.
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