Start of Daylight Saving - Southern Hemisphere

Daylight Saving Time (DST) allows us to make the most of the light in Spring & Summer. While moving the clocks forward an hour ‘robs’ us of an hour overnight, our adult bodies adjust to the change reasonably quick. It can take toddlers and babies a little longer to get back into the swing of things. We understand the fear of change affecting our little one’s sleep and have compiled our top tips for adjusting to the time change.

Start of daylight saving - Tips

-          Prepare a few days ahead of the time change by making small adjustments to your little one’s routine i.e. 15mins earlier bedtime & waketime the following morning for 3 days prior. Small changes will help your child to adjust their body clock gradually.
-          Stick to the same schedule; it keeps things regular for you and your little one.
-          Ensure their bedroom windows are not letting in additional light after the time change, it will be lighter for longer in the evenings. You may find it is harder to convince your child that it is sleep time if their bedroom is lighter than usual. We suggest using our Window Blockout to encourage your little one to sleep.
-          Make sure your little one is sleeping comfortably in appropriate sleepwear and layers according to the temperature. See our handy Temperature - What To Wear Guide
-          Have some patience with your child while they adjust to the time change, they may be a little tired and grumpy for a week or so

Start of daylight saving - Sample bedtime plan

If you continue with your current bedtime schedule, your little ones may find it hard to settle for sleep on the first day of Daylight Saving as it will be an hour earlier than their bedtime the previous day. If you are able to prepare ahead of the time change, you can adjust their wake up & bedtime by 15 minutes for 3 days prior to the 6th of October.

Starting Thu 3rd Oct - bedtime 15mins earlier
(7.30pm bedtime for example)

Wed: 7.30pm
Thu:  7:15pm
Fri:    7.00pm
Sat:   6.45pm
Sun:  7.30pm (DST starts)

You can further support your child to adjust by also waking them in the morning, offering mealtimes & naps 15mins earlier.

If you have missed out on preparing ahead of daylight saving you can apply the same method for the first week following the time change. Your child will be used to going to sleep at 8.30pm (7.30pm prior to the time change) and may be extra tired from having to wake up earlier. 

 

Daylight Saving Time Starts 6th October, 2019

Australian States: ACT, NSW, SA, TAS, VIC
When local daylight time is about to reach; 
Sunday 6th October, 2am clocks are turned forward 1 hour to
Sunday 6th October, 3am instead.

New Zealand Daylight Saving Time begins on 29th September, 2019

Daylight Saving Time Ends 5th April, 2020 (the first Sunday in April) (AUS & NZ)


End of Daylight Saving Time - Northern Hemisphere

We have reached that time of year where the mornings are dark and the sun sets earlier. While it seems like you’ll be getting one extra hour of sleep, it's very likely your little one will be wide awake at 5 am.

While moving the clock back one hour is something that makes us sleepy for a couple of days, our adult bodies adjust to the change reasonably quick.

It can take toddlers and babies a little longer to get back into the swing of things. We understand the fear of adjusting your little one’s sleep. To help ease your concerns we have asked the team at ergoPouch what their top tips are for adapting to the time changes.

End of daylight saving - Tips

-          Prepare a few days ahead of the time change by making small adjustments to your little one’s routine i.e. 15mins later bedtime & waketime the following morning for 3 days prior. Small changes will help your child to adjust their body clock gradually.
-          Stick to the same schedule; it keeps things regular for you and your little one.
-          Make sure your little one is sleeping comfortably in appropriate sleepwear and layers according to the temperature. See our handy Temperature - What To Wear Guide
-          Have some patience with your child while they adjust to the time change, they may be a little tired and grumpy for a week or so

End of daylight saving - Sample bedtime plan

For the end of daylight saving if you decide to prepare a few days in advance, you may have more chance of your little ones not waking very early in the morning following the time change.

Wed: 7.30pm
Thu:  7:45pm
Fri:    8.00pm
Sat:   8.15pm (DST ends)
Sun:  7.30pm

Daylight Saving Time End Dates;
Sunday 27th October 2019 in United Kingdom & parts of Europe.
Sunday 3rd November 2019 in United States, Mexico & Canada.


Good luck, you’ve got this!