Oh I am so ready for the Spring and the extra daylight that comes with it - this weekend the clocks will go forward, and I can't wait! I absolutely LOVE this time change. Mostly because, I love it when the days are long, and I can be up early, get productive, and have a run before I start work-which I don't often do in the darker months of Winter.
You may have noticed your child has naturally stated to wake up earlier and earlier over the past 6 weeks. If you have, this is totally normal! We typically start to see children wake up earlier prior to a time change in both the Spring and the Fall. The good news is that it is easier to correct these early wakings in the Spring than in the Fall, when 5am become 4am!
Here's some tips to make this Spring Ahead's transition easier- starting as early as Thursday am if you've got a baby 9 months or younger.
Here's how it works:
9 Months and Younger:
Start making changes Thursday am by getting your baby up 15 mins earlier each day leading up to the time change. For example, If your baby wakes at 7:00 am here's how it'll look:
Thursday am: Wake up at 6:45 am
Friday am: Wake up at 6:30 am
Saturday am: Wake up at 6:15 am
Sunday am: Wake up at 7:00 am (which is the old 6am)
You'll likely have a few days where it will appear that they're sleeping in which will be wonderful for you!
9-18 Months Old
Using the same 7am wake up time example, start waking your baby 20 mins earlier starting Friday am.
Here's how it will look:
Sat: 6:20 am