27 Sep Transitioning from AEST to AEDT – Daylight savings, Australia 2017
It’ s almost that time of year… the clocks move forward, the days get longer, warmer and lighter…. And our children’s routines seem to go out the window. Well, they don’t have to!
Here are a few pointers for preparing for the daylight savings transition:
- Keep your regular day and night routine.
- Ensure your child’s bedroom is dark enough – You can use foil, garbage bags, or black-out blinds. Although the mornings will be darker, the evenings will be lighter (making it more difficult for some children to get to sleep).
- Use white noise to detract from any household or outside noises.
- Avoid any other transitions over this time (moving into a big kid bed, toilet training or night weaning).
- My recommendation is moving bedtime, nap times, and meal times earlier by 15 minutes per day, over four days. You also have the option of doing this more gradually (i.e. 10 mins earlier per day over 6 days), or cold turkey; however, this can be more disruptive for children and babies who are less adaptable. Below is a step by step guide to transitioning your baby/toddler into the new AEDT – Sunday 1st October, 2017
Date Transition Steps Current Time (Australian Eastern Standard Time) New Time (Australian Eastern Daylight Time)
Wednesday 27th September Move your child’s bedtime earlier by 15 minutes 6:45pm 7:45pm
Thursday 28th September Wake your child up 15 minutes earlier in morning.
Move mealtimes and nap time/s earlier by 15 minutes
Move bedtime earlier by 30 minutes
Friday 29th September Wake your child up 30 minutes earlier in morning
Move mealtimes and nap time/s earlier by 30 minutes
Move bedtime earlier by 45 minutes
Saturday 30th September Wake your child up 45 minutes earlier
Move mealtimes and nap time/s earlier by 45 minutes
Move bedtime earlier by one hour
Sunday 1st October Regular waking time, meal times, nap time/s, and bedtime 6:00am (doesn’t apply) 7:00am
*The above transition assumes a 7:00am – 7:00pm schedule
*For parents who have early risers (ie. 6:00am or earlier), you won’t have to wake your babies in the morning, however, you will continue to make adjustments to meal times, nap time/s and bedtimes as outlined above.