Maybe you have your kids sleep schedule allllll figured out and running smoothly. A good bedtime, maybe a couple naps here and there, sounds good, right? WRONG! Enter Daylight Savings Time, that dreaded turn back the clocks nightmare that threatens to wreak havoc on the much needed attention your Netflix queue needs.
Older kids have an easier time adjusting to the time change, but the end of daylight saving time causes most babies and toddlers to get up earlier than usual, and that in turn throws off naps and bedtime, which can turn into a relentless cycle of overtired crankiness from which it can feel impossible to escape. Don't stress, if you get started now, you could make this transition easy like Sunday morning.
First, this seems like an obvious point, but sticking to routine works wonders. Our body clocks really like routine and consistency, so if you have been lacking in the consistency department lately now is the time to get back on board, for everyone's sake.
Now, here comes the prep work. The trick is to gradually adjust your child's schedule every day so by the end of the week (just in time for the clock change) they are close to waking up about an hour later than usual wake up time. Move their sleep schedule up by about 10-15 minutes every day (this means wake up, nap time and bedtime). It's a small enough change that it won't be too hard to accomplish, but by the end of the week by the time the clocks change their schedule will already have adjusted accordingly.
If you have a schedule that won't let you mess with the time changes ahead of time, like preschool pickup times, try adjusting the time with meal times instead. Meal times can help to set your body clock, and making small changes gradually during the week will be easier than moving dinnertime a full hour.
Finally, if your big plans to fall back smoothly were a big fat flop, just give it time (pun intended). It can take a week or so for your child's wake up time to get back on schedule naturally, and in the meantime, pull back on activities and add in some more calming activities or quiet time before bedtime. Try these sleepy time tub pops to really multitask the heck outta that bath time, and good luck mamas.