Twice a year, Daylight Savings compels moms around the world to manage yet another schedule adjustment – the clocks change. The difference in an hour may not have a significant effect for adults, but it sure can for baby, particularly in regards to baby’s sleep routine. Proper sleep is critical for a baby to function at their best. Therefore, before the clocks fall back this month, mom should modify baby’s personal “sleep clock” to create a bedtime routine that will better achieve a more peaceful night’s rest for all.
Here are a few helpful tips to keeping your baby’s clock intact when changing the clocks this November.
- Approximately two weeks before the time change, start to put baby to bed 10 minutes later than usual, increasing by 10 minutes every other night until they are going to sleep about an hour later than their normal bed time.
- The clocks go back in the early hours of Sunday morning. During the day before, allow baby to have an energetic day which includes lots of fresh air and exercise.
- The following day [Sunday] have another active day and then put baby to bed at the “new” bedtime.
- Incorporate a bedtime-bath routine with products that have a special blend of calming aromas such as JOHNSON’S® Baby BEDTIME® Bath and JOHNSON’S® Baby BEDTIME® Lotion. A warm bath with the wash, followed by a gentle massage with the lotion and a few minutes of quiet time will help your baby drift off to a better night’s sleep.