Ready to Begin Your Sleep Journey?   Yes! Show Me How
Ready to Begin Your Sleep Journey?   Yes! Show Me How

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  1. LizL says

    Hi there. I have a question about this:
    “Make sure you set bedtime to be the new time HOWEVER if your bedtime was too late before, make it earlier than the new clock time (which is still later than the old)”

    We recently sleep trained our now 3.5 month old. His bedtime is around 8:00 and his Desired Wake Time has been 7:30 (give or take 15 mins). He has been sleeping 11 hours straight on average for 5 nights in a row now! Should we assume we’re going to need to give him 12 hours to sleep, not just 11 hours and 30 minutes? In other words, is his bedtime too late?

    It’s OK with us if his DWT becomes 7am. So I assume a few days before Daylight Savings, we should be moving him from 7:30 to 7:45 to 8, to adjust for that. But what time do we put him down? Do we leave it, because 8 will be “the new” 7pm, and just start putting him down at 7 on Daylight Savings Time night 1? Right now we usually have to wake him at 7:30 or 7:45, unless he poops and wakes himself up a little earlier, like 7:15. Wouldn’t we be setting him up to wake up a little too early for us, or would 30 minutes or so not make a difference, or help him?


    • Danielle says

      Hi Liz,
      Thank you so much for using The Baby Sleep Site as a resource! At this age, many babies do want 12 hours of night sleep, but anywhere between 11-12 is pretty normal, so if that’s what he’s been doing and he doesn’t sleep longer regularly (or fall asleep early regularly), given the opportunity, and his mood and energy seem good, you’re probably safe at 11.5 hours. Basically, as you move his wake time, you’ll want to move his bedtime the same amount. So if you put want him to wake 15 minutes later, put him down for bed 15 minutes later, too. I hope this helps! Please let us know if you have more questions – Daylight Saving Time can be pretty confusing!

  2. Tammy W. says

    I guess I’m just lucky! Since my hubby works 2nd shift, & we’re not morning people anyway, we like having our babies (5 mo. & 23 mo.) sleep in! My toddler goes to bed between 8:00 & 8:30 p.m., & sleeps until 9:00 a.m., most days. (He also takes a 2- to 3-hour nap in the afternoon.)

    My little guy wakes up from his evening nap around 9:30 p.m. & then goes to bed for the night. He wakes between 4:30 & 5:30 for a feeding & then goes back to bed until 9:00 a.m.! 🙂

    Our rooms are dark, & mornings quiet, so I’m sure that helps.

  3. Heather O says

    Nicole, My kiddo is 9 months this week and she’s been early waking for the past 3 weeks. i’m concerned that everything i do to use daylight savings for us will backfire! she is def overtired at bedtime but i’ve shifted her night time bedtime to 6 instead of 7 and she’s STILL so tired (and still waking at the 5am hour)! she’s trying to drop her 3rd nap but when she wakes this early it’s impossible to make it to bed time without one. when she wakes from her 30 min 3rd nap she’s still so tired she hardly can make it an hour and a half to bed time.

    thanks for this wonderful post! it gives me hope!

    • Nicole says

      @HeatherO Good luck with Daylight Savings!! I hope she cooperates for you. You likely need to give her a 5:30 p.m. bedtime, which will be 6:30 p.m. new time.

      @Tammy You are indeed very lucky!! Woohoo!! 🙂