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  1. Emily DeJeu says

    @ Edith — smart move! That’s another slow and gentle approach that makes a lot of sense. Thanks for sharing this tip!

    @ Susan Moreland — glad you find the weekly articles so helpful! Feedback like that is so encouraging to our whole team.

    And thanks for this insight into naps. You’re right; some babies are highly sensitive to overtiredness. When that’s the case, parents need to be super attuned to sleep cues. Sounds like you’ve figured that out and have things well in hand — good for you! 🙂

  2. Susan Moreland says

    First, Thank You Nicole for all the articles and ideas for well rested babies.. Having constant emails and web articles to read is WAY better than one book. It’s easier to keep on track and stay motivated with sleep issues. Our 10 month old has gotten so much more sleep than our 5 year old did. There is one idea I wanted to share that I have noticed this time around. Our daughter is very sensitive to the activity level and length of time in between naps. If it’s more than 90 minutes, a lingering visitor or a few too many errands, she has a terrible nap or won’t nap at all. Sometimes there is only 60 minutes between first nap and second nap. Second nap and bedtime is only a three hour stretch. If it’s more than that she starts to cry before I can get her in a bath to start the bedtime routine. It has made for some super quick grocery trips and a lot more web ordering, but much more giggles during the day. Thanks again!

  3. Edith says

    We always try to give the kids a week to adjust slowly to the time change by shifting their bed time and wake time each by 5-10 minutes each day. So, for this week, we’ve been starting bedtime routine 5-10 minutes earlier each night and waking the kids that much earlier the next day (also, as much as possible, we’ve been shifting other schedule indicators like meals and naps). So, by Saturday night, we’ll essentially already be on DST.

  4. Emily DeJeu says

    @ Jenn — I’d say you have a good plan, in putting her down at 7 p.m. on Sunday night (since it’ll “feel” like 6 p.m. for your daughter). And yes, she’ll probably sleep later on Sunday morning (more like 6 or 6:30, since it’ll “feel” like 5 or 5:30 to her).

    As far as waiting to get her up until 7 — that’s your call. If you want to reinforce 7 a.m. as “rise and shine” time, and if your daughter seems content to sit in her crib and hang out until then, then there’s nothing wrong with doing that.

    Keep us posted on how this works out for you, Jenn! And no worries about being thrown off by the time change; you’re certainly not alone in that. While springing forward tends to be easier on most families than falling back, both are frustrating.

  5. Jenn says

    Hi – our daughter is 17 months and going through the 18 month sleep regression (at least that’s what’s been identified). She’s getting up earlier now (in the 5 zone!) vs. her typical 6:30. We still wait to get her up and she some how contentedly sits in her crib with her dolls and waits until wake up time. Anyway, this is a great article and I think we too would opt to do nothing. Her bedtime used to be 7 but given crazy napping and early rising it’s been more like 6 or 6:30. So on Sunday bedtime we would be putting her a bed an hour later (well really the same time for her) so instead of 7 the clock would be 8. Then every day after bedtime would be back to 7pm or is it now a new time of 8? Do I have that right? I understand that on Sunday morning her waking at 5:30 will be 6:30 (by the clock) so we are the ones that will feel the hour loss but should I wait to get her up until 7 (ie 6 am to her) if the goal is to return to the 7-7? I just don’t want her to end up losing too much sleep especially with her one nap being unpredictable. I have no idea why this change always trips me up!

  6. Emily DeJeu says

    @ Kristin — yep! Perfect sense. When we spring forward, 5:30 pm will become 6:30 p.m., and so it should be easy to put him down later.

    @ Jennifer S — you might find that he does sleep a bit later after the time change, simply because when his internal clock registers 5:30 a.m., it’ll actually be 6:30 a.m. Does that make sense?

  7. Jennifer S says

    Our 11 month old son it completely hit or miss with sleeping. He goes to bed at 7pm after a bath, book, and bottle. He naps consistently at 9am-ish for anywhere from 20 min to 1 1/2 hours. He also naps at around 12:30 or 1pm for the same amount of time. H wakes up around 5:30am or 6:30am, after getting up a couple of times through the night. I’d like for him to sleep a little later than 5:30am??

  8. Kristin says

    My 26 month old goes to bed at 5:30 and up at 4:30. I am hoping to use the time change to put him to bed later at 6:30 (as we are trying to move his bedtime later) and hope he will sleep until 5:30 a.m. Does this make sense?

  9. Emily DeJeu says

    @ Inna — since we’re “springing ahead”, you can simply do nothing, and you’ll probably find that after DST starts, your baby will wake closer to 7. Of course, there are a lot of variable to consider, and we can’t promise that will absolutely be the case. But the time change should help a bit with the early rising.

    Let us know if it works this way for you, Inna! And thanks for commenting. 🙂

  10. Inna says


    i have a 4 1/2 month old and he goes to bed at 7 and wakes up at 6 am. If i want him to wake up at 7, do i need to do anything, or just like you dont do anything ?