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Time change is upon us again! This is the one you used to love before you had kids and now you hate (for those of us on the North side of the world). Well, at least that is how you feel if you are like me. Perhaps I should not project my emotions on you. Though simply through my title of this post, I am doing so. I call it “warning.” Not “announcement,” not “notification,” and not “reminder”–no, this is my warning.
Here is what I hate (besides the obvious that I am supposed to convince a baby or really any child younger than 5 to sleep in an hour later than usual)–I am ready to change Brinley’s schedule. I want to get her up an hour early. Good news is, I don’t need to prep her for time change. Bad news is I have to wait a month to make the change that I see is needed now. So annoying.
My plan–my time change for this Fall should be pretty simple. What is now 7 AM will become 6 AM. What is now 7 PM will now be 6 PM.
For Brayden and Kaitlyn (8 and 6) I don’t see any issues. Because of school, we can’t do my favorite way of slowly shifting the schedule. I think it takes a few weeks for the body to adjust to the new time (something I noticed before I had kids), but we can’t shift things. We will just change their schedule when it comes. The later bedtime will be hard to make it to–we will likely still slowly move bedtime so they aren’t overly tired.So if they are usually in bed by 8:30, they will feel like it is 9:30. We will probably split the difference and do 8:00 PM for a week. And maybe we will love it so much we will keep it there ;).
For McKenna (4), we will definitely need to do a slow bedtime movement. she will need more like a 15 minute per week change. She can’t handle being up late. Morning wake up time we will leave the same. She loves to sleep in so she will just happily keep sleeping in the morning until I get her up.
Brinley (1) will be easy even though a one year old normally is not simple. Since I want her to be up an hour earlier, I will just leave things the same to her. She is getting up about 8:45 right now. I will get her up at 8 at the time change, which will feel like 9 to her. So she will move to our schedule but it will be a simple transition. Thank you dear time change! (that is me trying to look on the bright side).
Here are my previous posts to help you out:
- Reader Time Change Questions:http://babywisemom.blogspot.com/2009/10/reader-time-change-questions.html
- Time Change Again
- TTime Change Strategies:http://babywisemom.blogspot.com/2008/02/time-change-strategies.html
- Time Change Strategies (again) :http://babywisemom.blogspot.com/2008/10/time-change-strategies-again.html
- Time Change with Older Children:http://babywisemom.blogspot.com/2008/10/time-change-with-older-children.html
- Time Change: Troubleshooting:http://babywisemom.blogspot.com/2008/11/time-change-troubleshooting.html