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Community Questions - Dealing with the clocks going back?

"Can you share any tips on handling the clocks going back at the end of October? My 2 year old has started sleeping through for the first time and I'm scared the clocks changing will ruin it!"

We've been there for sure and totally get what you mean! Here are some tips that have worked for us to help our little ones sail smoothly through the clocks changing. Remember that every child is different so please do what works best for you and your little one!

Gradual Adjustment

1. Ease Into It: About a week before the clocks change, try shifting your child's bedtime and wake-up time by 10-15 minutes each night. This way, by the time the clocks go back, they'll be used to the new schedule.

2. Mealtimes Matter: Shift mealtimes gradually, too. A full tummy can be a great signal to your child that it's almost time for bed.

The Day Of

3. Natural Light: Make the most of natural daylight to help reset your child's internal clock. Open the curtains wide in the morning, and dim the lights as bedtime approaches.

4. Activity Levels: On the day, try to keep your child active during the daylight hours and quieter as bedtime approaches. This will help them wind down naturally.

Routine, Routine, Routine

5. Stick to your Routine: Keep your bedtime activities the same, whether it’s a warm bath, a bedtime story, or some quiet time together before bed.

6. Calming Activities: Consider incorporating calming activities like reading or soft music before bed to signal that it's time to wind down.

Flexibility is Key

7. Be Adaptive: Every child is different, and it might take a few days for your little one to fully adapt to the new time. Be patient and willing to adjust your strategies.

8. Check The Clock: Since you’ll get an extra hour, don’t forget to update any manual clocks around the house, including the one in the nursery!

Hope that helps! We're right there with you.

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