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  1. Gessica says:

    How do I shift my 19 week old’s schedule? We’re still doing naps based on awake time and we don’t have a solid schedule in place yet. He still only gives me 30-40 minute naps although sleeps 11-12 hours at night. Even when we push bedtime by 15 minutes he still wakes at the same time in the morning (6:15 ish). How can I move the wake up time accordingly???

    • Jessica Diller says:

      @Gessica, Thank you for your comment. I’m sorry to hear that your son is still having short naps, but it is great that he is sleeping so well at night! Shifting his schedule can be difficult to accomplish, but it can be done! Naps are a very important part of early waking. I recommend reading this article which pertains to your exact situation. It has links throughout the article about how to get your baby on a good schedule, specifically in preparation for the end of Daylight Savings. Here is a link to the article: https://www.babysleepsite.com/tag/adjusting-schedules/ And, if you find that you would like more help, we have a great ebook just for shifting schedules. You can read more about the ebook here: https://www.babysleepsite.com/baby-waking-too-early/ Best of luck to you and your family!

  2. Marissa says:

    Thank you Emily for the feedback. As far as sleep, my 5-month-old had been a great sleeper until about 2-weeks ago. I do believe we have hit a sleep regression– he is currently up twice a night to eat. Riding the wave and hoping it ends soon. I still put him down awake in his crib which is not a problem, but he does wake every 3 hours during the night for the past 2-3 weeks.

    • Emily DeJeu says:

      @ Marissa – oh, this could be true. Glad you’re set to ‘ride the wave’, as that is probably the best thing you can do 🙂

      Good luck, Marissa, and thanks for commenting!

  3. Tara says:

    Hi-

    My daughter wakes up between 6-7:30am. She’s 7 months. She goes to bed early (between 5:45-6pm). How do I approach the time change since she has such an early bedtime? After time change she’ll be going to bed at 4:45pm! Too early. Do I start shifting her morning 9am nap by 15 minutes every day? Also, she doesn’t adjust well. She’s a great sleeper but not very adaptable. I have a feeling it may take awhile. When do you recommend I start?

    • Emily DeJeu says:

      @ Tara – I’d definitely move your child’s bedtime forward (5:45 is pretty early, unless she’s a newborn or very young infant). That would be a great first step. You can gradually push naptimes back as well, and then see what that does to the morning wake-up time.

      Hope this helps, Tara! Good luck to you 🙂

  4. Brianne Kabil says:

    Our 18 month old has always been an early riser. The last month or so she has finally been sleeping in until 6-6:30 because we were keeping her up a bit later. She is in bed anywhere from 6:30 if really cranky to 7:30). She is in daycare 3 days a week. But this past week she has been getting up between 5-6am again 🙁 Mommy is TIRED! What do you suggest for us?

  5. Marissa says:

    For us working mom’s who don’t have the luxury of having baby sleep in an hour later, what is your advice. I can certainly move my 5-month-old’s bedtime an hour later in preperation, but will that make things worse since the morning routine won’t change during the week? Currently, baby goes down around 7pm and I am up nursing him around 6am and leaving the house around 6:45am. (same question for my 5-yr-old, but she will adjust without much issue….)

    • Emily DeJeu says:

      @ Marissa – Odds are your baby will wake at his “usual” time after the time change – only his “usual time” will be an hour later. So if he’s usually up at 6 a.m., he’ll probably be up at more like 5 a.m., since 5 a.m. WAS 6 a.m. just a day or two ago. So sleeping later isn’t the problem we see at this time of year; it’s early-waking due to the time change. In your case, it’s probably best if you just leave the schedule as-is and then prepare to deal with any DST aftermath once the time change is done (that is, assuming your child sleeps okay…? Does he?)

  6. Mikhala says:

    Thanks for the warning to start shifting their schedules. When should we begin? Actually, I am so sleep deprived that I could not follow the advice too well. (I signed up for and am waiting for a sleep plan from your consultants :-)) If our babies wake up now at 6 a.m. we should work towards keeping them in bed until 7 a.m. But if their bedtime now is 7 p.m., does that mean pushing it gradually towards 8 p.m. now? (Alas, my babe is an early waker.)

    • Emily DeJeu says:

      @ Mikhala – hope your plan arrives soon and that you can get to work! Based on what you describe, you’d probably want to start at least a week before the time change w/ the schedule shifting, and push everything back gradually until it’s happening an hour later than usual. However, if your little one already has some sleep issues (like early waking), then tread carefully; you could definitely talk to your consultant about how to approach DST prep once you have your plan in hand.

      Hope this info helps, Mikhala! Thanks for commenting, and best of luck with your sleep coaching! 🙂

  7. Kristin says:

    Great article! I find it hard to adjust to daylight savings as an adult too.

    • Emily DeJeu says:

      @ Kristin – hah, me too! Although I find “springing forward” WAY harder as an adult than “falling back”. I actually like the end of DST now that my kids are older and can be counted on to sleep in. But I remember well the days of having a baby at home, and just dreading the time change!

  8. Emily DeJeu says:

    @ Anastasia – great question! Yes, it does – you’ll want to shift everything forward gradually so that when we “fall back”, everything shifts backwards by an hour, back to a more normal time.

    Thanks for commenting! Hope this info helps 🙂

  9. Anastasia says:

    Does adjusting the schedule gradually mean pushing their bedtime back gradually as well?

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