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This is my friendly reminder that the time change is coming up. Daylight Saving Time (DST) for the United States ends Sunday, November 1, 2009 and Summertime for the European Union ends Sunday, October 25, 2009. When Daylight Saving Time ends, we turn our clocks back one hour.
For other parts of the world that observe DST, parts of Africa started DST at the beginning of September while other parts are ending it at the end of September. Most of Asia ends the end of October, though some end in September. For Australia (I know there are many Australian readers), it appears the Southern part of Australia is all that observes it, and you are all just starting DST. Same for South America. I am sure you know when your own DST is 🙂
For those of us turning our clocks back, this is the hardest of the two time changes. It is much easier to move clocks forward than to move them back. If this is your baby’s first time moving clocks back, it will be the hardest one for her. Until she is a teenager 🙂
If you have a baby, or a one year old, you might want to consider my super slow time change strategies (linked below). If your child is two or older, it might not be a big deal. Some one year olds might not find it to be a big deal, either. If your child is super sensitive to sleep, you might want to take a longer approach to the time change.
My super slow approach is a month long strategy. You can start one month before or do two weeks before and two weeks after…it is up to you 🙂 You can do any combo in between. You could also try to make it faster and adapt it to your own ideas for what is best for your child.
Here are the links to all time change posts on this blog: