Published: Thursday 12 October 2017
With the clocks about to change on the 29th October, we thought it a wise time to offer some advice on how to keep baby's sleeping settled, both for their benefit and yours!
Bear in mind these tips are applicable both when the clocks go forwards in the Spring and when they go back in the Autumn, just adjust the timings forwards or backwards as applicable.
- Move daytime meal and feeds times by half an hour for three days so that your baby can adjust rather than moving to the new time immediately. On day four move to the new time.
- Move your baby’s evening bed-time by 15 minutes per day for three days until you reach the new time.
- Your baby’s nap times may also need adjusting. Your baby will probably be waking up at their old time. As a result try and move nap times by 15 minutes per day in line with new bed-time.
- Be aware that your baby will probably wake up at their old time regardless of when you put them down. Babies usually re-set set themselves within a week.
- If babies are waking early move first feed/meal by 15 minutes each day to help adjusting to new time.
- Your baby may be more unsettled and little more grumpy than normal whilst their body clock adjust to the new time.
Of course, if you're off travelling to another time zone, these tips may also prove useful.
If your sleep issues at home are ongoing and not simply related to the change in the clocks, why not talk to Julie, our resident sleep support expert? She has many years of professional experience helping families take back their night-times for sleep as well as sorting out naps! Take a look here for more information or give us a call on 01273 702496.
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