Monday, March 2, 2009

Time Change Notification

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March 8, 2009 we will move our clocks forward one hour (if you live in an area that participates in Daylight Savings).

The Spring time change is really a lot easier than the Fall time change. Personally, I plan to just change my kids that day. If they seem a bit tired early the night before, we will put them down a bit early. March 8, I might let them sleep in an extra 30 minutes (which would be 30 minutes earlier than usual) and then get them up. It should only take a couple of days to get everything normal.

Keep in mind that my children are close to 4 and 2 years old. They adjust to things like this faster and easier than a baby. You might need to take a more gradual approach with your child(ren).

If your baby or child is waking earlier than you would like to, the Spring time change is a great tool to just let things fix themselves.

See these posts on Time Change Strategies:

4 comments:

Tim and Liz Casey said...

I love your blog! What would you suggest with this current schedule with our 9 week old daughter....right now we have a night feeding at 9:30 and then she sleeps until 4:30-5:30 for a feeding and then her morning wakeup time is 8:00.

Kathy said...

i'm trying to plan ahead for the time change. my daughter is 8mos, has recently transitioned to 2 naps (we've been establishing a 2nap schedule for about a week and a half - she was napping BTC for a while and then dropped her 3rd nap).

right now, here's her schedule:
-wake for the day b/w 6-6:30am (depending on when we put her down for the night)
-bottle 1: 6:45am; solids 8:20am
-nap 9am
-bottle 2: 10:45; solids 12:30pm
-nap 1:30pm
-bottle 3: b/w 3-3:15pm
-solids b/w 4-4:15pm
-bedtime b/w 6:15-6:30pm

should i do a slow transition starting tomorrow and how would i do that? i don't mind the early mornings either since i'm an early riser myself.

someone suggested that i just let her sleep until 7am, wake her and then set her scheduled to the 'typical' schedule of 7-10-2-7 since it'll be easier because she'll probably sleep until 7am anyway however, i would like to keep my current schedule because it's what she's used to.

any thoughts/suggestions you can provide would be very helpful... thanks!!

Plowmanators said...

Liz,

I would start with the first feeding of the day. I would get her up at the new 8:00 (which will feel like 7 to her) and move forward with your day.

Another option is to wake her 15 minutes earlier than usual. So you would wake her at 8:45, which to her would feel like 7:45. Do that for several days. Then do 8:30. Then 8:15, etc. Sometimes the slower pace is easier on the baby. You could start now to get a jump on it.

Plowmanators said...

Kathy,

Keep in mind that the current schedule she is used to will be the same schedule to her with the time change. She can't read the clock--so when your clock will say 7, her internal clock will still say 6. So if you prefer the 7/10 etc. schedule, you can definitely do that.

If not, see the post "Time Change Strategies" linked in the post above for taking it slowly.

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