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happylittlegems sleep fact of the day:

It may take a few days for your child to adjust after the daylight saving time change on Sunday.

Daylight saving time. Every parent's nightmare. Although, I do always think 'spring forward' is the easier one of the two. However, it can mean your child loses an hour of sleep which is never good. Grumpy, sleep-deprived children are no fun. But not to worry, happylittlegems is here to help!


happylittlegems top tips for daylight saving time:

  • Put your baby or child to bed slightly earlier (15-30 minutes) on Saturday night to start the adjustment to their circadian rhythm (their 24-hour internal body clock). It may be worth giving them dinner and starting the bedtime routine a little bit earlier Saturday evening to aid the change.

  • Don't wake your child up Sunday morning unless they need to get up for something specific. But when they do wake up make sure you open the curtains and let the daylight flood in (this also helps with the circadian rhythm).

  • Make sure your child eats on Sunday at the new times.

  • Don't expect that you can put your child to bed a whole hour earlier and they will fall straight to sleep. You will need to gradually shift bedtime by 15 minutes over the next few days until they have made the switch. If you already started this in preparation on Saturday night then you're already on track!

  • Stick to calming bedtime routines, warm baths and stories are great.

  • Turn down the lights in the evening to encourage the melatonin surge (the natural sleep-inducing hormone) and make sure your child's bedroom is dark.

  • Switch off screens 1-2 hours before bedtime as the blue light suppresses the release of melatonin.

For help with sleep-related issues happylittlegems offers a Bedtime Package. Please visit www.happylittlegems.com for more information.

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