Springtime – Spring forward into a happy baby bedtime.
When we pop those clocks forward it means one hour less sleep for you and your little one, too. But don’t panic – you can avoid problems by getting your child ready about a week before the clock change.
My top tip for clock-rockin’ baby-bedtime-happiness is to put your little one to bed 10 to 15 minutes earlier each night for seven nights. This simple tip can really help make the transition smoother and the clock change tick tock along nicely.
If you’re reading this with less than seven nights to prepare – don’t worry, start as soon as you can, even a couple of nights before the clock-change can really help.
With older children, if you are not already using one – use a sleep clock like the Groclock! These clocks are fantastic and really help little ones to know when it is OK to get up out of bed and come to you.
Simply set the Groclock at bedtime with your preferred wake-up time – nothing too unrealistic, while we’d all like a 9.30am lie-in, a 7-8am wake-up is more achievable! Explain to your little one that if they wake early, they must “wait for Ollie the Owl to wake up too”.
If they are wide-awake only half an hour before the clock is due to change into the sunshine, reading books in bed is fine! I encourage this for early-wakers as it gets them into a little routine of waking gently and waiting until the right get-up time.