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Falling Back: Moms on Call’s Guide to Thriving Through the End of Daylight Saving

Falling Back: Moms on Call’s Guide to Thriving Through the End of Daylight Saving

Written by guest author, Moms On Call.

    On Sunday November 1st, 2020 daylight saving time comes to an end and we roll our clocks back an hour. As if changing the clocks back and adjusting wasn’t difficult enough on us adults, how can we ensure that our little one’s entire schedule doesn’t get thrown off, too?

    Hint: It’s not as hard as you think! Let’s break it down.

    First, make sure the basics are in place.

    We recommend using Moms On Call Typical Day schedules (found in our books and online courses) to help:
    • Develop and keep amazing sleep habits.
    • Promote proper digestion.
    • Encourage appropriate development for your baby’s age by following their natural daily rhythms.
    • Give yourself freedom (with flexibility)! Because let’s face it, in parenting, freedom is a planned endeavor. Flexibility is built in to help keep everyone on track when things inevitably don’t go as planned. 
      Create an ideal sleep environment that is both effective and safe. The most important elements are:
      1. Crib
      2. White noise machine
      3. Lighting and temperature
      4. The right swaddle technique (tight, tight, tight!) and blanket (for under 3 months of age)

       Next, follow these 5 simple steps:

      1. Saturday night, October 31st, put your child to bed at the usual time.
      2. Before you go to sleep, roll your clocks back an hour.
      3. Sunday morning (November 1st), wake your child when the clock is at their normal wake-up time. Resist the urge to go in earlier!
      4. Keep the rest of the day on your regular schedule, following the clock and not baby’s cues.
      5. Be patient! Transitions typically take 3 days. And before you know it, both you and baby will be adjusted. You can do this–and they can, too!

        Remember, the best way to set our kids up for success is to focus on the things that we can control, like the sleep environment and the routine. They will figure the rest out! 

        For more tips on establishing great sleep habits, stress-free feeding and so much more, check out Moms On Call resources, follow the blog and connect with them on social media.