Friday, October 2, 2009

Reader Time Change Questions

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  • The Traveling Turtle said... This comment is totally not related to the 45 minute nap but I found myself wondering about time changes. My husband said I was crazy for even thinking about it now, but what do you do with a BW baby when the time changes? How do the schedules relate to that and stay on track? I am thinking mostly of bed time and morning wake ups. We both work, so she has to be awake by a certain time and we have worked her into waking around 7:00-7:15 so we can be to work on time..... but if she wakes at 6:00-6:15 with the time change it will throw it all off. Do you have any advice on this or am I just overly paranoid for no reason?
    September 17, 2008 6:48 AM
    Plowmanators said...
    Traveling Turtle, here is my post on time changes: Time Change Strategies:
    It can be a hard process!
    September 22, 2008 3:22 PM


  • Heather said... So sorry to be off the subject, but my question pertains to my 13 month old. She has been greatly affected by the time change, and is getting at least an hour less of sleep at night, as well as taking short (45 minute) naps in the morning and afternoon. Any ideas? Do you think it is all is b/c of the time change, or is something else going on?
    November 5, 2008 2:10 PM
    Katherine said... Heather I am dealing with the same thing with my 5 month old. He's waking up 1-1.5 hours earlier in the mornings (I just leave him but I hate that he's awake) and his naps are ridiculous. He's waking up 45 minutes into them, fussing for about an hour, and then finally falling back asleep for 45 min-1hour. He used to wake up at 45 minutes and fuss for maybe 5-10 minutes, now it's literally an hour. Will this work itself out if I continue to "ignore" him? I watch him on the video monitor so of course I know he's fine...
    November 6, 2008 4:50 AM
    heather said... Katherine-Don't you love your video monitor? I don't know what I'd do without it! :) Any luck for you this morning? We were still over an hour early. Will this ever work itself out???? I'm hoping for better naps today.
    November 6, 2008 8:57 AM
    Katherine said... Oh I really don't know what I'd do w/o the video monitor. It's such a sanity saver! Up early this am, but he actually took a pretty decent morning nap. Working on nap #2 right now. He's in there squealing like a little girl :) It's his newest "skill" haha.
    November 6, 2008 10:57 AM

    Rachel Stella said... My son always "squeals like a girl" and my husband and I always joke that we have a cat in the other room!
    November 6, 2008 9:00 PM
    Plowmanators said... Heather, I would bet it is the time change. The short naps are likely because she is getting less sleep at night. See this post:
    November 7, 2008 11:38 AM

    Plowmanators said... Katherine, I suggest the same post to you :)
    November 7, 2008 11:39 AM



C. said...

This is not at all related to time changes and be prepared, it's a big long question: my son is almost 5 weeks old. He was 8 lb 11 oz at birth and is now over 10 lbs. He is feeding an average of 10 times per day. He wakes himself for each feeding, so he is basically on a 2.5 hour schedule, except at night when he tends to go longer. I'm not sure how to stretch him out longer. I try to get him to eat as much as I can at each feeding, but past a certain point he flat out will not eat anymore, even if I force the bottle into his mouth. I don't let him go more than 3 hours between feedings during the day. I'm not sure if just waiting for the 3 hours to lapse before I feed him again is the answer since he does seem to wake up hungry or if there is some way to get him to eat more at each feeding. Help!

C. said...

After reading over my logs a little more, I realized the issue is not that he's hungry that often... it's the 45 minute intruder that makes him wake up every 2-2.5 hours. Not that this makes things any easier, but it's nice to know what I'm dealing with. I thought 4 weeks was a little young for this issue, but I'm looking over everything else on the site for ideas. At this point all that helps is a pacifier, but the only way he can keep it in his mouth is to lay him on his stomach... yikes!

JenniferMatt+3 said...

My son started at 3 weeks also!!! He is now gonna be 5 months this week and the 45 minute intruder is still around! :( I am sooooo tired of trying to fix it! I have 2 other chidren and we did the same schedule with them and they did awesome....I have come to the conclusion that is NOTHING that I have done, it's just him! All I n do is try to help him get through it, and just keep offering him the nap! Both my other 2 boys were tummy sleepers as well....but this one is a back!

Plowmanators said...

C., it just requires time for him to be able to make it longer.

If he is waking after 45 minutes, that means he is staying awake for more than 1.5 hours at a time. That is really too long for a baby that age. Even now that he is 8 weeks, that is a long time. I would take him back to about a one hour wake time and see how he does. See the blog label "optimal waketime" for more.

Heather said...

First, thank you SO MUCH for this blog! As a first-time mom, there is so much information out there that it's hard to know who to trust! And since this information is coming from a fellow BabyWise mom, I know that I can at least use it as a guideline for my own little girl! My question has to do with a time change, but not the Daylight Savings end this Sunday. We just found out that we will be moving to England next April, and while we're thrilled we obviously are concerned about the wrench it will throw into our daughter's schedule. She will be about eight months old when we move, and we'll be going ahead six hours from our current time zone (Central). What would you suggest we do to make the transition as painless as possible? Obviously, adjusting her schedule too far in advance will not work because we'd be waking her up at 1:30am for her first feeding (YIKES!). Would you suggest just waiting until we get there to adjust her schedule, or do you think there is something we can do while we're stateside to help ease the transition for her?

Plowmanators said...


I suggest you read through the traveling posts. Many moms have shared experiences with time zone changes. Most just wait until they get there and change. The sun helps change your body's rhythym, so sun exposure is good. 6 hours is a big enough difference that I bet she will adjust rather quickly.


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