How to handle the transition to Daylight Saving time

Daylight Saving starts in NSW, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and the ACT on Sunday 4 October. I bet if you have small children then you know it is coming. 4.30am wake-up anyone? Not fun!

Whenever we move the clocks forward or back, it can create major sleep disruptions for babies and children, not to mention parents! So here are our tips to get you through the change without losing too much sleep:

  • Starting on Wednesday 30 September put your baby to bed for the night 15 minutes earlier than you would normally. So, if your baby is going to bed at 7pm, put them down at 6.45pm.
  • Keep putting them to bed 15 minutes earlier every night so by Saturday night you are putting them down an hour earlier than you would normally.
  • Move the day sleeps the same way starting on Thursday 1 October.

If you think your child is going to take longer to adjust, you can always start sooner and spend more time at each stage. For example, you could do two days at 6.45pm, two days at 6.30pm and so on.

The biggest tip of them all – don’t panic!

If you need more help or find you are struggling to make the adjustment, we can help you. A phone consult with Jo or our Baby Sleep Saver would be a great option to help you get through this difficult transition. Book now!

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