Time change in the fall to prepare for dark winter months is less disturbing, since it offers an additional hour to sleep, but it is necessary for parents to handle the transition well in order to ensure their little ones are not too tired or do not wake up way too early!
To avoid any disruption in daily habits or in their internal clock, let’s consider some tips together for a smooth transition.
1. Adjust their sleep routine schedule
For good adaptation, 2 or 3 days before winter time change, it is advisable to adjust your child’s bedtime, even if it means making them sleep a little later. Thus, you can postpone their sleep time by 15 or 30 minutes, while trying to maintain the same preparation ritual before bedtime. Also make sure that their room is at the right temperature. It is important that this is done in a relaxed way to ensure that their sleep well.
2. Consider that days are shorter
Considering that days are shorter when time changes in winter, to avoid any sleep disturbance or mood change, remember that rooms must have good light in the evening and, in the contrary, daylight must be well occulted in the morning so your little one does not wake (you) up before it is time.
3. Set the clocks on the right time the day before
Most devices are pre-programmed to adjust automatically to winter or summer time, but for devices that need to be set manually, remember to do so the day before to avoid any confusion for your little one or for you, and wake up gently the next day.
4. Be supportive of your child to ease the transition
Winter time change is done overnight, but your child’s body may need more time to adjust. Be attentive and above all very patient to support them in this process.
Remember that the clock moves back an hour on the night of November 2 to 3, 2019.