Spring Time Change 2013

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I know, I know. We just had the time change. I know it! It is still about a month before the next time change.  In the US, we will move our clocks forward one hour on Sunday, March 10. That means that what is now 7:30 AM will be 8:30 AM.

While this was my least favorite time change before I had kids, I find it to be the easiest with kids. You can just wake your child up an hour earlier–much easier than training them to sleep an hour later like you do in the Fall.

This is a great opportunity to change morning wake up time. If your baby/child is waking earlier than is ideal for you, this is a time you can easily get another hour in the morning. 

I am thinking about having Brinley move to an 8 AM morning wake up time, which would move our whole schedule back by 30 minutes. It would be nice for morning  but I don’t really want a later bedtime, so I need to think on it more. 

Here are my posts on time changes: 

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Valerie, also known as The Babywise Mom, is the mother to four children. She has been blogging on Babywise and general parenting since 2007. She has a degree in technical writing and loves using those skills to help parents be the best parents they can be! Read her book, The Babywise Mom Nap Guide, to get help on sleep from birth through the preschool years. You can also find her writing at Babywise.life, Today Parenting, and Her View From Home. Read more about Valerie and her family on the About page. Follow her on FacebookPinterest, and Instagram for more tips and helps.

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  1. Melissa Vucijevic
    February 4, 2013 / 9:28 PM

    Hi! I'm not sure where else to post this – but i am having some sleep issues during naps suddenly with my 11 month old. I searched around the site but couldn't really find anything that spoke to that age range. Basically, he's pulling a 45 min intruder pretty frequently, and i thought perhaps he was a bit old for that. I've tried watching wake times, but it doesn't seem to make a difference whether i put him down earlier or later. I let him cio for about 15 or 20 min but he rarely ends up going back to sleep. I don't think it's a growth spurt because he's been doing it for a few weeks now. He's certainly more active and has started using a little walker in the last month – but that shouldn't be interrupting his sleep should it? He sleeps his 10 1/2 to 11 hours a night just fine. He does use a pacifier – and when it comes out he'll wake up and cry for a minute, find the pacifier and then go back to sleep. But naps he doens't typically lose it out of his mouth. It's firmly placed in there lol. Any ideas on what i could be missing?

  2. A Wee Irish Family
    February 4, 2013 / 9:29 PM

    With a baby who is habitually waking at 5:30 a.m., March 10 cannot come soon enough. Amen and again, Amen!!!!!! 🙂

  3. Rosa
    February 11, 2013 / 4:33 PM

    Hi! First, thank you for your blog. It has helped me to establish much needed sleep schedules for my now 17 month old daughter and answered numerous questions I have had. I have some questions now that I haven't been able to find answers to in your blog, so I apologize if you've already addressed this. Here goes: My 17 month old used to to to go to sleep at 7:30 and wake between 6-6:30. I was OK with this. Then with the fall time change, she started waking between 5-5:30 although I still put her to bed at 7:30, according to the new time. I thought this would slowly adjust, but it did not. I am in an apartment building, so I tried to let her cry a few times, but the neighbors started pounding on the floor. In a desperate attempt to get a bit more sleep I began bringing her in my bed in the mornings. About once a week she would sleep longer in bed with me, but most of the time she would just roll around and pull my hair and want to get up. In the past few weeks she's been waking earlier and earlier, and got to the point where she was regularly waking at 4:30. I read that sometimes children will sleep longer if you put them to bed earlier, so I tried putting her down at 7:00 for a week. This seemed to make her wake even earlier. During all this time she usually naps 2x/day at 8:30 and 1:30 totally about 2 1/2 hours of nap time a day. I should note that she goes down for naps and bed perfectly fine. I lay her down and she falls asleep. No feeding or rocking,etc. Well, 4:30 was simply too early, so I decided it was time to cry it out. I wrote notes and gave cookies to the neighbors letting them know it would be bad for a few days. I changed her bedtime to 8:00, (as making it earlier didn't help) and I let her cry it out every morning for a week. During this time she woke between 4:30-5:30 every morning. Every morning I let her cry till she fell back asleep or until 6am. I never went in her room, as this makes her even more angry. Most days she was in and out of sleep and crying the entire time. Mostly crying. After a week of this I couldn't continue because of the disturbance to the neighbors. She also has a white noise maker and a space heater, so I know it's not the noise or being cold that's waking her. Now we are back to waking between 4:30-5:30 every morning. I don't know what to do! I am 37 weeks pregnant and am terrified of waking all night with a newborn and then getting up at 4:30 with a toddler. She is exhausted on these mornings and is grumpy until her first nap, which I can barely hold out until 8:30 for. I know the time change is coming, so I think that will help some. But I fear I will have to keep her up till 9pm to get her to sleep till 6, which I know is not healthy for her or me! Any advice you can give would be appreciated. Oh, and Dad works 15 hour days and often works night shifts, so he is not around to help most mornings. Thanks so much!

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