How to Survive Daylight Savings with a Baby or Toddler
Featuring tips from the real parents of ergoPouch
We have reached that time of year where the mornings are dark and the sun sets by 6 pm. 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.
Amanda D, Digital Designer and Mum to Raf, 3
The best advice I have received and take into practice is the following:
We have to put our clocks backwards, so why can't we put baby’s clock backward? Over the course of the week leading up put your little one to bed 10 mins earlier each day. This process has worked well for my now three-year-old each year.
Suresh, Supply Chain Manager Dad to Tanvi, 2
Routine, routine, routine. Stick to the same schedule; it keeps things regular for you and your little one. Try to prevent difficulties by getting your child ready a few days before the clock change. We are settling our daughter down 10 minutes early from tonight and will continue to do so until the day of.
Our little one loves the ergoPouch Sleep Suit Bag (1.0 tog) in Drops. As the weather starts to cool down we a mixing and matching the Bamboo Long Sleeve Layers in 0.2TOG and 1.0TOG to keep her nice and warm.
Amanda B, Marketing Manager Mum to Emme 20 Months, Seb 4.5 Years.
We try to live by the following steps but ensure we are kind to ourselves and the kids through what can feel like jetlag.
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 extra advice.
I keep my son, who is a little older, up 30 minutes later than normal 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 4-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 4-year-old sleeps in his Grey Mountains, 2.5TOG Sleep Suit Bag with the legs. Seb loves getting into his Sleep Suit Bag and snuggling up with a book before bed. Our little girl switches between a few styles, however, for now, she is in her Spring Leaves Sheeting Bag in a 3.5TOG. We keep her arms warm by adding the innovative Arm Warmers later in the evening, a must have if your child is in a Cocoon Swaddle (arms out), Jersey Bag or Sheeting Bag.
Remember, what’s going to work with each family is completely 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.
Daylight Saving Time Ends 7 Apr 2019 - When local daylight time is about to reach Sunday, 7 April 2019, 1 am clocks are turned backward 1 hour to Sunday, 7 April 2019, 12:00 am local standard time instead.
Good luck, you’ve got this!