- Jessica Berk
Start doing this now, BEFORE the time changes in a few weeks
Don't shoot the messenger, but Daylight Savings Time ends in a few weeks.
On Sunday, 11/7 at 2am we "Fall Back.”
When we Fall Back that means an extra hour will be shoved into that Sunday. And if you have little kids, this can be tough (understatement)!
We're still a few weeks away from the time change so there is no need to freak out yet. Don’t worry, I’ll be here to help you through it step-by-step when the time comes.
But there is one thing you can start doing NOW that will help prepare you and your kiddo for the time change.
Make This One Change Now...
You can make one change this far in advance that can really help avoid major meltdowns in a few weeks.
>>Make sure that your child has the right bedtime<<
Bedtime = the time that lights go off and eyes should be closing.
All books have been read, teeth have been brushed and final hugs have been given.
Does your child already have the right bedtime? Here’s how to find out:
Do they fall asleep within 20 minutes of lights out?
Do they sleep until at least 6am in the morning?
If "yes", your child already has a pretty good bedtime. 👍 You’ll be in a good spot in a few weeks when it’s time to get ready for the time change.
If you answered “no” to either of these, chances are your kiddo’s bedtime is too late. If you want to make life easier on yourself, let’s tackle this problem now, before the time changes on 11/7, ok?
If your child is under 6 years old, they should be asleep by 8:00pm at the latest. Yes, I’m serious. Between 6:30pm and 8:00pm is when 3 to 6 years old bodies are ready for sleep.
Getting kids to bed later than 8:00pm invites all sorts of drama from overtired kids who have extra energy to fight sleep. An early bedtime is key to having a great sleeper. And it’s key to easing your way through the time change, too.
So, here’s what you need to do if you suspect that bedtime is too late right now....
👉 Move bedtime 15-minutes earlier for the next 5 days.
Take note of how long it takes your child to fall asleep and what time they wake in the morning.
Are they falling asleep more quickly? Are they sleeping later in the morning?
If you don’t see any improvement, move bedtime 15-minutes earlier AGAIN for the next 5 nights.
Moving bedtime earlier in this methodical manner and paying attention to how quickly your child falls asleep and what time they wake up, allows you to find the bedtime sweet spot.
Once you find that bedtime sweet spot, you have so many things to look forward to...
... bedtime gets easier
... your child falls asleep quickly
... they wake well-rested after 6am.
So many amazing benefits!
And finding the right bedtime now, will make the time change so much easier in a few weeks.
Follow along with me on Instagram for the exact steps to take with your toddlers & preschoolers as the time change approaches.
If you really want to get a jump on things, go ahead and download your Free Action Plan - Parent's Guide to Surviving the Time Change.