Transitioning from AEST to AEDT – Daylight savings, Australia 2018

01 Oct Transitioning from AEST to AEDT – Daylight savings, Australia 2018

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:

General Tips:

  • 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 child into the new AEDT –  Sunday October 7, 2018


DateTransition StepsCurrent Time (Australian Eastern Standard Time)New Time (Australian Eastern Daylight Time)
Wednesday 3rd OctoberMove your child’s bedtime earlier by 15 minutes6:45pm7:45pm
Thursday 4th OctoberWake 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 5th OctoberWake 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 6th OctoberWake your child up 45 minutes earlier
Move mealtimes and nap time/s earlier by 45 minutes
Move bedtime earlier by one hour


Sunday 7th OctoberRegular waking time, meal times, nap time/s, and bedtime6:00am (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.


Sophie Acott

Sophie Acott is an Australian Sleep Consultant, parent coach and mother of four. With her down-to-earth, holistic, and sustainable approach, Sophie helps families all over the world to overcome the many challenges faced by modern-day parenting. Reach out via email for queries, collaboration or consultations.

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