How to Change Your Baby’s Sleep For the Summer Time Change

When the clocks move forward in spring, it can get a little confusing when it comes to working out when to put your little one down for naps and bedtime. But it doesn’t have to be. This change is much easier to cope with than the autumn change.
If your baby or toddler is sleeping reasonably well and following a 7-7 routine (generally going to bed somewhere around 7PM and waking somewhere between 6.30 and 7.00AM), follow this:

  • Saturday do nothing differently
  • Sunday when the clocks have moved forwards, wake them at 6.30/7.00AM, summer time. This is an hour earlier than they would usually wake.
  • Put them down for their naps when they seem tired, which is likely to be half an hour to an hour later than their usual time. The last nap of the day may need to be cut short to ensure they are awake for long enough before bedtime.
  • Put them to bed at around 8.00PM so that they are tired enough to go to sleep, unless they are tired a little earlier.
  • Monday morning wake them up at 7.00AM new time and follow their normal routine on the new time, ensuring that they are awake from their final nap by the right time.
  • They should then fall into the new summer time within a few days.

Alternatively, you can cut back their naps on the Saturday and Sunday that the clocks go back so they are a bit more knackered than usual and wake them at 7.00AM summer time on Sunday and that will do it too.
For example:
  • Saturday cut naps by 50% and do normal bedtime.
  • Sunday wake at 7.00AM summer time and cut naps by 50%.
  • Child should then be tired by 7/7.30 summer time

See! Easy!

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