Managing the End of Daylight Saving Time With a Baby

The best thing that happened on Sunday after the end of daylight saving time was also the worst thing. Aiden woke up at 5:45am. It was the worst because that is SO early for a Sunday morning after we were used to him waking up closer to 7am for a couple of weeks. It was the best because it wasn’t 4:45am. In this case, I would definitely say the good outweighs the bad! This is how we managed the end of daylight saving time with a baby.

daylight-saving-time-light I remember the days when I looked forward to daylight saving time, after all, it was really just a year ago.  This year was a little different. Unfortunately, babies don’t know how wonderful an extra hour of sleep is yet. You probably already know that Aiden is a baby on a consistent schedule. He wakes up between 5:45 and 6am every morning. so we knew that if we didn’t do something before the daylight saving time transition we would be up at 4:45am. I was not interested in that AT ALL.

We decided to go with the approach that we used when we visited California back when Aiden was around four months old. An hour time difference is much easier than three hours so we figured it would work well. More about that here. In the weeks leading up to the end of daylight saving time we pushed Aiden’s bedtime a bit every night so that the week before he was going to bed closer to 8pm instead of 7pm. The wonderful side effect was we got to sleep until almost 7am every morning leading up to the big day (well, Dan did on the weekdays since I leave for work at 6am).

Of course that changed on Sunday morning, but it definitely could have been worse.




Here are some tips for managing the transition to the end of  daylight saving time:

  • Start with manageable chunks of time. About two weeks before daylight saving time we started slowly pushing bed time by 15 minutes. The Babywise method recommends that 15 minutes before or after sleep time usually doesn’t cause a huge disruption in baby’s schedule so it is an easier way to change a schedule. We have found this to be true.
  • Stick to your routine. Aiden has a specific routine to his days (two naps, two walks, bedtime routine). We kept these as consistent as possible but just moved everything a little later than usual.
  • Aiden is especially easy to keep up if he is distracted. If we are around people we can usually push his bed time without him getting too cranky. The week of daylight saving time we visited friends and family  or went out for dinner. This would buy us some time to push and cause his bed time to be later than usual.
  • If we are outside or walking Aiden is usually happy. We would push his evening walk about 30 minutes even if it meant he was a bit more cranky right before his walk. This pushed his dinner time later which caused his bedtime to be later.

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Now that the transition has happened, Aiden is right back to his original schedule. I will say, he is a little more cranky around the time that used to be his bed time, but I think it is just an adjusting period.

If you liked this post you might want to check out  Baby on Vacation: Managing a Time Change or Swaddle, Swaddle, Swaddle.

This is how we managed the end of daylight saving time with a baby. In the weeks leading up to it we pushed bedtime a bit every night.
This is how we managed the end of daylight saving time with a baby. In the weeks leading up to it we pushed bedtime a bit every night.

 

Here are some resources for dealing with time changes:

Baby Sleep Site

Precious Little Sleep

The Cradle Coach

Baby Sleep Science

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About Melissa

Hi, I’m Melissa! I am a mama to my baby Aiden Milo (born November 2015), and a police wife to my husband Dan. I started this blog because, after having Aiden, I quickly learned that exhaustion and baby brain causes you to forget some of the er-lovely (sometimes horrible and sometimes wonderful) details related to the first several months of raising a baby. Considering we may have more kids in the future, I want to document everything we do, so we remember what worked the first time around, and hopefully help other first time mamas along the way!
  • Great article! I know so many mamas are struggling right now. My toddler has been waking up super early too but, I have been sticking to his nap time and the rest of his routine and it seems to really help him adjust a little better each day!

  • Awesome post ! I am FTM mommy too!
    I just had my first son in September and finally getting adjusted to the time change.