It’ s almost that time of year… the clocks move back; the days get shorter, cooler and darker.
Here are a few pointers for preparing for the moving the clocks from Daylight Savings (AEDT) back to Standard Time (AEST):
- Keep your regular day and night routine
- Maintain positive sleep associations
- Remember consistency is key
- Avoid any other unnecessary transitions over this time – eg. moving your child into a big kid bed or night weaning
Below is a step by step guide to transitioning your baby/toddler into the new time (Sunday April 3rd 2016). My recommendation is moving bedtime, nap times, and meal times 15 mins later over a few days. You also have the option of doing this more gradually (i.e. 10 mins later per day over 6 days), or cold turkey; however, the latter can be more disruptive for children and babies who are less adaptable.
|Date||Transition Steps||DLS Time||STD Time|
|Wednesday (30th March)||Usual sleep and feed times||7:00pm||6:00pm|
|Thursday (31st March)||Wake your baby up 15 minutes later in morning
Move bedtime later by 30 min
|Friday (1st April)||Wake your baby up 30 min later in morning
Move bedtime later by 45 min
|Saturday (2nd April)||Wake your baby up 45 min later
Move bedtime later by 1 hour
|Sunday (3rd April)||Regular waking time||8:00am (doesn’t apply)||7:00am|
- The above assumes a 7:00am to 7:00pm schedule. If your child is on a 7:30pm or 8:00pm to 7:30am or 8:00am schedule before this transition, the above steps need not apply.
- You will also need to move meal and nap times later each day by 15 minutes