Audrey McCoy

Audrey McCoy
Certified Child Sleep Consultant
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As a Child Sleep Consultant, I provide families with the tools they need to teach healthy sleep habits to their child. I do this by working along side them to create a customized plan to teach their child to go to sleep and stay asleep on their own.

Tips on Preparing your Child for Daylight Savings

The warm sunshine and longer days allow for our families to enjoy the outdoors so much more. It couldn’t come soon enough! Although winter has its high points of sledding, hot chocolate, and nights spent watching movies under warm blankets with your family, it is not too long after the holidays that cabin fever sets in.

I look forward to the longer days, but with them comes Daylight Savings, and the time change can be stressful when you have children. This year it is on March 12th. As we spring forward in our time, 6am becomes 7am and it can cause a little disruption in your child’s sleep as they try to adjust to the new time.

Here are some tips on how to make the time change less stressful for us as parents, and make a smoother transition for our little ones.

The best way to help your little ones reset their bodies to the new time is to expose them to light when it is wake time and dark when it is time for sleep. So when it is wake time, let your little ones enjoy as much sunlight as possible. Open the blinds, play outside, and let them enjoy the warm weather. Since it will be lighter longer, it won’t be as dark for bedtime. Now is a great time to invest in light canceling blinds for their room. This helps create a cave like environment at bedtime, which helps promote sleep.

As you help your children adjust to the hour difference, let them do it gradually. Try moving their day only by 30 minutes for the first three days, instead of all at once. Start your day 30 minutes earlier and continue to adjust meal times and naptimes 30 minutes as well. Then by day three, add the extra 30 minutes.

If you are a working family and don’t have three days to adjust, take advantage of the weekend and start on Saturday, the day before. This will give your child at least two days to adjust to the 30 minutes before your work day on Monday.

Remember, during this transition to stay consistent with your daytime and nighttime routines. Within a week, your child should be fully adjusted to the time change and you can enjoy spring and all it has available to offer.