Happy March, Baby Sleep Site® readers! If you're anything like me, you're eager to put February behind you. All that snow and ice and biting cold make the shortest month of the year feel like the longest, in my opinion. (Of course, if you're reading this from a tropical location right now, and freezing cold wasn't part of your February, then I have only one thing to say to you: invite me over next February? ;) ) Now that we've entered the month of March, we have something besides ice
baby sleep time change
In the Fall, I start getting Daylight Savings questions up to a month prior, but not in the Spring. Ironically, before you have kids, you look forward to Daylight Savings in the Fall because we gain an hour, but in reality, it only means your baby will wake an hour earlier (gasp!). This week Daylight Savings starts and we "Spring Forward" which means most of us are looking forward to our children sleeping in, even though we lose an hour. Unfortunately, it also means your baby's sleep can suffer.
So, how did your time change go? Have your babies adjusted yet? I, the sleep obsessed, messed up my own children's schedule on the day after the time change. D'oh! Here's what happened... As expected, my kids woke up "one hour early" with the time change. Not a surprise because their internal clock doesn't know what our digital clock says, right? So, we went about our day and my goal was to put the boys to bed 1/2 hour later than their internal clock and 1/2 hour early on the digital clock.
Here in the U.S. (in most states), we are going to be "falling back" (changing our clocks one hour back) this year in November. In Europe, they will be changing their clocks back in October. The reason we have Daylight Savings is that it allows us to use less energy in lighting our homes by having longer and later daylight hours. Whether you are changing the clocks or traveling with baby through time zones, most parents want to know what to do with their baby's sleep when the clock says one time