All your life you looked forward to the Autumn clocks changing because it meant you got an extra hour in bed and dreaded the Spring one as you got an hour less. Oh how times have changed now that we have a child in our lives!
Munch is an August baby and I remember just getting all settled and Munch was sleeping through and October arrived with its dreaded daylight savings, cue my panic!
Clock changes with children doesn’t need to be feared. Munch is now 2 and we tend to plan ahead for these things now, especially the Autumn one, as keeping a child in bed an extra hour is a bit trickier than say just getting them up an hour earlier.
Our plan of action is the same for both occassions. Starting on the Friday we will either keep her up an extra 30 mins (Autumn) or put her down 30 mins earlier (Spring). For us we always found 30 mins a manageable amount of time. If this seems daunting, or your child is younger, you could just start earlier in the week with smaller intervals of time each day.
On Saturday, our day will run either 30 mins ahead (in Autumn), or 30 mins behind (in Spring). This starts with getting her up 30 mins earlier/later and runs right through any snacks or meal times until night time again, where we then implement the second 30 mins (earlier or later depending on the time of year). By now we have already accounted for the hour, ready to get them up at the new ‘proper’ time on Sunday.
We find it simple, stressfree and for us it seems to work.
This year I have even recorded ‘In The Night Garden’ to play each night at the new time slot accordingly.