This weekend isn’t only Halloween, it’s Daylight Savings Day when we roll the clocks back – and theoretically get another hour of sleep. But ask any parent – or check their Facebook posts on Sunday – and you’ll know that’s not usually the case. Katie Bugbee adds 4 pieces of humor and 6 actual transition tips to get you through the day.
In my house, we have a 7-year old, 5-year old and 15-month old. And Daylight Savings hasn’t been an issue in years. The big kids? We just take away their iPad-time if they come out of their rooms too early. It actually looks something like Mom as the Exorcist-girl screaming “GET BACK INTO YOUR ROOM OR NO GAME TIME!!!” with a big head-back-on pillow-thud. But now the toddler is a typical toddler with a mind of his own. And no threat will sway this adorably happy early bird. Suddenly Sunday will feel like 25 excruciating hours.
Below are some all-too-real thoughts going through most parents’ minds this weekend. Plus, some actual advice for making the day a little easier.
1. If I pretend I’m sleeping, she’ll go back to sleep.
2. This is NOT part of the sleep schedule I created!!
3. Maybe someone else can watch her while I doze?
4. You and me both, babe.
And now, for some actual helpful information about transitioning your child through Daylight Savings Day
1. Try putting her down an hour later. A late night trick-or-treating might help in this case. It doesn’t work for every child, but attempt a later bedtime in hopes for a later sleep.
2. Push all Sunday sleep back a half-hour. If your child woke up early, put him down for a nap a half-hour early. Do the same for bedtime and within a day or two, he should readjust. If your child doesn’t nap, and still woke up early, suggest a one-hour family nap early enough in the day so bedtime isn’t an issue. (Read more here)
3. Have pre-dawn quiet play. When your toddler wakes up before the roosters – and you’ve tried letting him cry and have encouraged/begged him to go back to sleep, just play together quietly in his room. Read books, build with blocks. Delay eating breakfast as that will start the whole off course.
4. Be active until you drop. Two hours after she wakes, your sleepy toddler might feel the need to snooze. If this doesn’t fit your transition schedule, be sure you’re being active and not in a sleep-inducing-road trip. Then nap when she naps.
5. Use a clock or light-up clock. For big kids, make sure they have a clock they can read – or a clock that lights up when it’s an acceptable time to wake up – and warn they must play, read or sleep in their room until it’s 7:00. Just remember to accurately set the clock before you go to sleep!
6. Trust it will adjust. It should take a day or two of being off schedule before inner body clocks adjust.
Good luck! And if you have any Daylight Savings Day Sleep Tips, please share below.