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When my daughter was first born I didn’t have to worry about the clocks changing. Her routine was non-existent and it wasn’t of concern. I didn’t have to worry about coping with the clocks going forward – not until 2017 anyway! Now the clock changes can have a big impact on our evening routine, and even the start of our day too. Coping with the clocks going back, with a toddler, is something I’ve had to deal with twice already. Today I want to share with you my tips! I enjoy some peace and quiet in the evenings typically. I get a nice chance to recharge my batteries and can keep the money ticking over too for a nice life by doing some work. I’m also able to spend some time on self-care as a parent. I’m going to offer you some tips that I’m going to be implementing for coping with the clocks going back. I also have a post on coping with the clocks going forward.
Coping with the clocks going back
Prepare in advance
I’m writing this post with a good few days notice – in the hope of helping others coping with the clocks going back. I’m making my plan for the changes now and will start implementing it from tonight.
Making a 15-minute change each day
My daughter will be going to bed 15 minutes later each day for four days. This may not work 100% but I’ll be sticking to our usual bedtime routine as Daisy is used to this. Following the routine allows Daisy to know that bedtime is coming. I find that if I try and slow the routine down, say we are busy or going out, it doesn’t work as well. However, speeding up the routine seems to work well so I’m confident I can make a 10-15 minute change each day. This means by the weekend we’ll be ready, or almost ready, for the clock change.
Be prepared for a gradual change
If I tried to get Daisy to go to bed one hour later overnight it wouldn’t be great. This is effectively what is happening to my child’s body clock when the clocks go back, or forward. We always find that making gradual changes is the best way to deal with things and this is what we will be doing this week.
Let baby relax during the evening
After Daisy has dinner we will be going a little bit slower with her bedtime routine. I won’t be rushing to get her washed and into her PJs and we will read an extra story or two as well.
Enjoy being outside
We will be going out for nice walks in the park more than normal. This is in the hope of helping Daisy’s body clock adjust but also to entertain her in the afternoon so that we can push bedtime back slightly. A nice walk in the park, and a trip to the local animal park, is always nice anyway. If the weather actually stays nice! I can’t believe how mild the weather has been lately, especially for October!
Keep our bedroom dark, cool and quiet
Keeping our bedroom like this allows Daisy to relax. We can wind down for bed, gradually, and spread the bedtime routine out slightly. Daisy is really intrigued by nighttime and by keeping the bedroom dark we can avoid her questioning if it is bedtime yet or not! We find that keeping our bedroom cool is the best way to help Daisy feel snuggled under her blanket and have a restful nights sleep.
Consider just changing your little one’s bedtime
If we find that it suits our family we will just stick with the later bedtime. By letting Daisy go to sleep at 7pm, for example, it won’t make much difference to us. I appreciate this isn’t for everyone. If you just can’t be bothered with all the prep work then just let them go to bed later. Hopefully, your little one will keep their natural bedtime routine and it’ll lead to a more harmonious bedtime for you. Also, this means your morning wake up might not be quite so early – although who knows with little ones!
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