The end of Daylight Savings (In Australia)

The end of Daylight Savings (In Australia)

The end of Daylight Savings (In Australia)

The end of Daylight Savings is almost upon us. On Sunday the 5th of April at 3am (AEST), the clocks will move back which means the days will be a little colder and will start a little darker.

The reality is that the start and the end of Daylight Savings brings with it some sleep disruption for our little ones. In this blog post you will find some tips to make the transition a little easier.

-Try not to stress too much about it. The worst case scenario is that your baby wakes super early for a few days until their bodies adjust. If you remain consistent and shift the day to suit the new time change, they will get back to their usual wake up time

-Maintain your usual bedtime routine

-Use light and darkness to your advantage. When it’s awake time, get outside. This helps to set the body’s internal body clock – the circadian rhythm. Make sure that when it’s nap or bedtime, that the lights are down low to help the sleepy hormone help your little one fall asleep easier.

-Try and keep to one big transition at a time. Once you are on track with the new times, then focus on the other ones – like moving into a big bed, removing the dummy etc

-Remain patient, calm and consistent and remember to allow a grace period for your baby to adjust. Your baby’s whole internal body clock (their circadian rhythm is shifting, and that takes time.

There are two ways you can go about preparing for the time change, and it really does depend on the individual baby –

– On Sunday Night (once the time change has already taken place), you can put your baby to bed at their usual bedtime and shift their naps the next day (this is what we plan to do with Jay. Keep in mind, he is a very adaptable baby, so this is how we tackle all sleep transitions).

-From Wednesday night, you can start to slowly shift your baby’s schedule to help them gradually get used to the change. This would mean that each day, you push bedtime, nap times and mealtimes back by 15 minutes each day (see chart below).  In an ideal world, we would wake our babies a little later each morning, but in all honesty, I haven’t come across many families who wake their babies up in the morning! 

 

DATE
WHAT TO DO
NORMAL TIME
DST TIME
Wed, 1st April
Move bedtime back by 15 minutes
615pm
715pm
Thurs, 2nd April
Move bedtime back another 15 minutes (30 minutes total)
630pm
730pm
Fri, 3rd April
Move bedtime back another 15 minutes (45 minutes total)
645pm
745pm
Sat, 4th April
Move bedtime back another 15 minutes (60 minutes total)
7pm
8pm

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