Daylight Savings is right around the corner and, as nice as it is having some extra daylight in the evening, this transition often poses a struggle for parents. Fear not, there are a few simple tricks you can use to help this transition be a little less painful.
1. Begin the transition TODAY! Moving bed time up 10 minutes/day for the next 6 days is by far the easiest way to make this transition. Keep your bedtime routine the same and chances are your child won’t even realize it. And don’t stop there, move up your morning routine 10 minutes/day as well. This takes a little effort on your part, but I promise it is well worth avoiding the Monday after Daylight Savings Meltdown.
2. Don’t sleep in this weekend… Sorry! Kids are creatures of habit and if your kiddos are like mine, they usually don’t sleep in on the weekend anyways. Help them continue to wake up a few minutes earlier. This will prevent you from undoing all the work you have already put in helping your child transition.
3. Increase your child’s level of physical activity in the evenings. This is another great way to help your child get to bed a little earlier during this transition. This can be anything from additional outdoor time, to a game of Twister, to walking a few extra laps around the grocery store. You can bet your child’s teacher is busy planning extra gross motor events this week!
4. No Screen Time 30 minutes before bed. According to the National Sleep Foundation, screen time right before bed can increase the amount of time needed to fall asleep as well as the quality of sleep your child receives. When it comes to bedtime routines, our recommendation is to replace screen time with more calming activities such as reading books, warm baths or even telling make believe stories.
5. Look for actions you can do ahead of time that will reduce the amount of time it takes to get out the door. This way, if your child still can’t get out of bed as early as they need to, you don’t need to stress. Some suggestions are: lay your child’s clothes out the night before, plan quick and easy breakfasts, and get backpacks ready ahead of time and lay them by the front door or even put them in the car.
These few steps should be just the ticket to helping smooth out your Daylight Savings Transition. And, if all else fails, just grab an extra cup of coffee… for your child’s teacher. ;)