Most people agree that changing the clocks in the fall is not so dreadful as in the spring time. Since we are ‘falling back’, we are gaining an extra hour of sleep, right?
If only it was so easy for a baby.
Gaining an hour would actually mean your baby is going to wake up an hour early: think 5 am, instead of 6 am. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to help your child reset her internal clock.
How can I help my baby?
First, starting at least a week before the time change (which happens in the U.S. on November 1, 2015), move your baby’s routine by few minutes. Feed her, put her to bed, go for a walk, and move through the day 10 minutes later than you normally do. This should help her switch to the fall time within a week.
Second, help her distinguish day and night time by darkening her room for the night. Blackout curtains are easy to find, and you will be thankful for the impact they can make on your baby.
Finally, once the time change kicks in, take advantage of the benefit it brings – extended daylight time. This will provide you with an opportunity to spend more time outside with your baby, which often helps children sleep better.
Keep an eye on her sleep
Considering the fact that babies sleep 16-20 hours per day, their sleep is too precious to be disturbed. When you want to check on your sleeping baby but do not want to accidentally wake her up, take a peek through a baby monitor, like iBaby Monitor M6T. It will allow you to see and hear what is happening in the baby’s room with clarity, even at night. And until the end of the month, you can save $50 on the monitor when you purchase it through Babies R Us website.