It may seem like Winter will never end, but summer is (hopefully), just around the corner. The clocks will go forward one hour at 2am on Sunday, 11 March, and with this change we will see an extra hour of light in the evenings.
If you are worried about the clocks going forward affecting your baby’s bedtime routine, don’t worry. With these helpful tips, your child won’t even notice!
Change their bedtime by half an hour
Change your baby’s bedtime by half an hour on the first evening, then adjust by another half an hour the day the clocks go forward. This will his will allow their bodies to adjust gradually to bedtime, so there is no sudden change to their usual routine. If you're altering bedtime, naps and mealtimes will need to be adjusted too. Make them slightly earlier to suit their new routine.
Tire them out!
On the days you are planning an earlier bedtime, make sure their day consists of more physical activity, for example playing outdoors. If your little one is more tired, nap time and bedtime will be easier to change! But don’t wear them out completely, if they are over-tired and grumpy, getting them to sleep will be more of a challenge!
Use Black Out Blinds
If you don’t already have them, this is the perfect time to purchase some black out blinds or thicker curtains for your child’s bedroom or nursery. The evenings will be a lot brighter after the clocks go forward, which can distract your child from sleeping. Blackout blinds will help to create a darker, night-time environment, helping them adjust to their new routine.
Eat for Sleep
Be careful with what your child eats before bedtime. Milk is a good idea as it contains tryptophan, which increases the amount of serotonin - a natural sedative.
Create a safe and comfortable sleep environment
It is important that the environment in which your child sleeps is comfortable. During the spring, temperatures can increase and it is important for your child to sleep at a safe and constant temperature to avoid overheating. Switching to cooler clothing and bedding will ensure they don’t become uncomfortable. For more advice view our handy Tog Guide. Slumbersafe summer sleeping bags (approximately 1 Tog) are lightly padded and perfect for this transitional period into the spring and summer months. These bags are suitable for room temperatures between 18 and 24 degrees. Alternatively, 2.5 tog Slumbersafe baby sleeping bags are suitable for all-year-round use in room temperatures between 15 and 21 degrees.
We hope you find these tips helpful and that you and your child enjoy the perfect night's sleep when the clocks go forward!