End of Daylight Saving Time – Southern 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, your little one will likely 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 confusion of adjusting your little one's sleep. To help ease you into the swing of things, we have asked the team at ergoPouch what their top tips are for adapting to the time changes.
End of Daylight Saving | Tips From The Mamas at ergoPouch
Amanda, Mama to Raf 4.5 years + Felix 4.5 months
We have to put our clocks backwards, so why can't we put baby's clock forward? Over the week leading up put your little one to bed 10 minutes later each day. This process has worked well for my now four and a half old each year.
To guarantee Raf gets down smoothly, we dress him in his 2.5 TOG Sleep Onesie, and the new Bodywear Separates in Sterling. Felix is in his 2.5 TOG Cocoon Swaddle Bag with arms out, a 0.2 TOG Long Sleeve Layer and on cooler nights we add the Arm Warmers over his Cocoon Swaddle Bag. Each Pouch is the boy's sleep association cue they see their pieces and know it's time for bed.
Jess, Mama to Hunter 9.5 months
This is my first experience with Daylight Saving, so I'm going to stick to our routine, routine, routine. My husband and I will ensure Hunter is on the same schedule; it keeps things regular for our little one. We're going to try to prevent difficulties by getting him ready a few days before the clock change. We're settling Hunter down 10 minutes later from tonight and will continue to do so until the clock changes. Our little one loves the ergoPouch 2.5 TOG Jersey Bag. As the weather starts to cool down we a mixing and matching the Long Sleeve Layers in 0.2 TOG and 1.0 TOG to keep him nice and warm.
Amanda B, Marketing Manager Mum to Emme 2.5 years + Seb 5 years.
We try to live by the following steps and ensure we are kind to ourselves and the kids. It can feel a lot like jetlag, try and take a nap where possible.
- Read your baby's sleep cues. Their internal clock is more powerful than any clock we go by.
- Make sure your little one is warm enough at night, ensure you have the correct TOG and style on your little ones as per the temperature. You can always follow our What to Wear Guide for any further advice.
I keep my son, who is a little older, up 30 minutes later than usual on the day of the change, so he doesn't wake super early. His internal schedule works itself out within a day or two.
We quite like the end of daylight savings. The darker evenings help the kids get to sleep faster, and the darker mornings help my kids sleep a little longer (i.e. my 5-year-old doesn't bound into the room at some early hours claiming that because the sun is up, its wake-up time!)
At this time of year, my 5-year-old sleeps in his 1.0 TOG Pebble Pyjamas, in his big bed with blankets. Seb loves getting into his Pyjamas and snuggling up with a book before lights out. Our little girl switches between a few styles; however, for now, she is in her 2.5 TOG Spring Leaves Sleep Suit Bag. We also put Emme in her 0.2 TOG Long Sleeve Layers, the organic fibres are ideal for her sensitive skin, and the 0.2 TOG keeps her nice and warm.
Julie Marketing Mum to Zoe 1.5 years
I will keep my daughter up 30 minutes later than usual on Saturday, April 4; I hope her internal schedule works itself out within a day or two. If not, we will get her routine back to on track within the week. We can read a few extra books and have a few more cuddles. Bliss.
We have chosen to put our little girl into the brand new 3.5 TOG Sheeting Bag with Sleeves. Our little girl likes the extra room for movement without the need for blankets, and the new sleeve is a bonus. Zoe also will wear a 0.2 TOG Long Sleeve Layer underneath for added warmth, Zoe is known to wear her Layers throughout the day. They're so cute, so why not!
Remember, what's going to work with each family is entirely different. You may want to introduce some calming activities or quiet time before bed, dim the lights and make it clear bedtime is coming. The good news, within a week or two, baby, toddler and you will adjust to the time change naturally.
End of Daylight Saving | Sample Bedtime Plan
For the end of daylight saving, if you decide to get ready 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.
Assuming you have a 7 pm bedtime
Wednesday: 7.10 pm
Thursday: 7:20 pm
Friday: 7.30 pm
Saturday: 7.40 pm (AEDT ends)
Sunday: 8.00 pm
Daylight Saving Time Ends April 5 2020 (the first Sunday in April)
Australian States: ACT, NSW, SA, TAS, VIC
When local daylight time is about to reach;
Sunday, April 5, 3 am clocks are turned BACK 1 hour to Sunday, April 5, 2 am.
New Zealand Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday 5TH of April 2020
Sunday, April 5 April 3 am clocks are turned BACK 1 hour to Sunday, April 5 April 2 am.
Good luck, you've got this!
End of Daylight Saving Time - Northern Hemisphere
Daylight Saving Time (DST) allows us to make the most of the light in Spring and 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 three days prior. Minor 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 can prepare ahead of the time change, you can adjust their wake up & bedtime by 15 minutes for three days before.
You can start a few days prior to the following example:
*7.00 pm bedtime for example
Wednesday: 7.00 pm
Thursday: 6:45 pm
Saturday: 6.15 pm
Sunday: 6.00 pm (DST starts)
You can further support your child to adjust by also waking them in the morning, offering mealtimes & naps 15 minutes earlier.
If you have missed out on getting ready 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 8.30 pm (7.30 pm before the time change) and may be extra tired from having to wake up earlier.
Daylight Saving Time Ends March 29 2020 (UK)
Sunday, March 29, 1 am clocks are turned FORWARD 1 hour to Sunday, March 29, 2 am.
Daylight Saving Time Ends March 8 2020 (US)
Sunday, March 8, 2 am clocks are turned FORWARD 1 hour to Sunday, March 8, 3 am.
With love and sleep wishes eP X