British Summer Time ends at midnight on 26 October, so we all need to remember to wind our clocks back an hour. But how will it affect your baby and toddler’s sleep routine?
Typical. Just as you’ve got your baby’s sleep routine perfected, the summer ends and the routine goes down the pan with the clock change. But it doesn’t have to. Our tips below will show you how to make the transition smooth, keeping your tot snoozing soundly throughout the night.
Make sure your baby’s tired on the day of the change
On Saturday, try to keep your baby awake as much as possible. Try to reduce his naps so that he sleeps well when you put him to bed.
‘As bedtime is going to be a bit later, encourage quiet, gentle play or stories before bed, not an extra hour to be active,’ says Helen Broadhead from Infant Sleep Consultants.
Prepare yourself for an early start
While the clocks going back mean an extra hour in bed for you, your baby won’t necessarily want to stay in his cot for that hour.
‘If he wakes early (6am instead of 7am), don't expect him to stay in bed for the full hour,’ advises Helen. ‘Wait 15 minutes then get him up. It may take a few days for him to adjust but stick at it, it really shouldn't cause good sleep habits to unravel.’
While the clocks going back mean an extra hour in bed for you, your baby won’t necessarily want to stay in his cot for that hour
Adjust your baby’s routine
Make sure your adjust your baby’s routine to suit the new time change.
‘Don't let them oversleep in the morning or over compensate at nap time for an early start, otherwise it will carry on to the next day,’ Helen says.
Stick to your bedtime routine
Don't let the clocks changing make you slip into bad habits – keep to that fantastic routine that you’ve both got settled into.
‘Resist the temptation to bring him into bed with you or give him an early milk feed,’ says Helen. ‘It may take a few days to get them back on track but be calm, confident and consistent!’
How are you making the clock change easier? Let us know below.