Spring Ahead Time!


BAD NEWS: Yes, you will lose another hour of sleep! It is that time of year when the clock jumps ahead.

GOOD NEWS: Your little early riser will be at a better morning wake up time. If you were hating those 5:30-6:30 AM mornings, it will now be 6:30-7:30 AM.      Sound better?

This time change is easier on our little ones. Hopefully parents can enjoy the benefit of sleeping longer in the morning also.

For our babies the nap times should follow about two hours after the last wake up or by watching the “sleepy signs” of your child. Bed-time should be the same as prior to the time change. Early bed-times promote the best sleep so do not move the bedtime later with the time change.

Black out curtains are very helpful to darken the room for your little one to keep their bed-time early when the sun is still shining. The dark room may also help your child continue sleeping a little later in the morning. The dark room will encourage the body to produce melatonin which will help your little one sleep.

This is an easy quick “black out curtain”. Take a dark fabric, blanket, towel or a black garbage bag and use a “pants hanger” to cover your window to block out the sunlight. It is also easy to take down from the window in the morning as you get your little one up for the day.

Black out curtain

Then you are ready to enjoy that wonderful spring sunshine with your well rested little one!

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Arlene Fryling

Arlene is a registered nurse and certified sleep consultant for children 0-5 years. She has cared for premature, sick, and many healthy babies. For over 15 years she has taught expectant parents how to care for their newborns through classes teaching basic baby care, infant massage classes, and moderating support groups for new moms as they deal with parenting issues.

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