time change and sleep

Baby and Child Sleep: Adjustments for the Spring Daylight Saving Time Change

What the Daylight Saving time change means for your baby, how the time change will affect your baby’s sleep and how to adjust your baby’s schedule so you can help your baby get the sleep they need to achieve their dreams. On Sunday, March 10th, 2024 we “Spring Forward” with the beginning of Daylight Saving Time. Although the spring-forward time change brings brighter mornings and longer days, it can also be a little disorienting and have an impact on the sleep of our babies and young children. Many parents fear this time change as it may also bring early wakings, bedtime battles, and new sleep challenges leading to cranky, sleep-deprived children (and parents!).  Fear not!! I’m here to help you navigate this to ensure a smooth transition for your family. In fact, the “Spring Forward” time change tends to be less disruptive to your child’s sleep than the Fall Back or end of Daylight Savings time change. And if you have an earlier riser already, you may actually feel like you are getting a bit more sleep this weekend! WIN!! How Daylight Saving Time Can Affect Sleep for Babies and Young Children We essentially lose an hour of sleep with …

Holiday Sleep Tips to Keep Your Child on the Nice List

Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, not a child was sleeping, and mommy was TIRED! While the holidays are a magical time, finding a balance between attending festive events and keeping your child well-rested can be overwhelming. As your child’s sleep schedule may veer off track, you might find yourselves struggling to stay on Santa’s Nice List this season. But fear not! Making your child’s sleep a priority during the holiday season doesn’t have to be overwhelming. If you’re seeking help to keep your little one well-rested during travel and this holiday season, check out these Holiday Sleep Tips and grab a copy of The Ultimate Holiday Travel and Sleep Guide. Here are some Holiday Sleep Tips to help keep your children merry and bright.

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Time Change SLEEP Tips for your Toddler, Preschooler, or Big Kid

Help your toddler, preschooler or big kid adjust to the end of Daylight Saving time change with these Sleep Tips. Child Sleep and the Fall Back Time Change The leaves are changing colors, the air is brisk and I have my pumpkin spiced chai tea in hand. What’s just around the corner? The Fall Back Time Change, marking the end of Daylight Savings. The idea of an extra hour of sleep sounds dreamy, doesn’t it? But for many parents, there’s a bit of worry in the mix. Are wondering how this time change disrupt your child’s sleep patterns? Are you bracing for early morning wake-up calls, grumpy little ones, and a less-than-happy household? Worry not! I’ve got some expert sleep tips to help make the end to Daylight Savings time change transition smoother for your child. Circle November 5th, 2023, on your calendar – that’s when the time change happens, at 2:00 am. How to adjust your child’s sleep for the Daylight Saving Time Change Fall 2023:  SLEEP Tips How to Prepare your Child for the Time Change To help your toddler, preschooler or child prepare for the time change, start early! You can shift their schedule by 15 minutes …

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Best Halloween Books for Preschoolers

We love reading as a family! But it can be challenging to find the best Halloween books for preschoolers. Some might be too scary for the littlest ones, while others might not feel challenging or interesting enough for those busy imaginations. It is all treats and no tricks with this list of the 4 best Halloween books for preschoolers.   *This post contains affiliate links. That means if you click on a link I earn commission if you decide to purchase a product. The 4 Best Halloween Books for Preschoolers Your toddler or preschooler will want to hop on the broom right along with the witch and her friends. Julia does a beautiful job explaining that sometimes things are not what they appear to be and friendship is an unbreakable bond. After reading the book, your child may enjoy the animated film. Whether you are looking to find his favorite character Seymore or a witch hidden in the sky, you will enjoy the challenge as much as your toddler or preschooler. As a mom of two girls, I cannot help but fall for books with strong, independent women. Two of my favorites in this category are The Little Old Lady Who …

The Importance of Naps: A Guide to Better Sleep for Your Child

Mateo’s parents reached out when he was almost 6 months old. They were concerned that his short naps would start affecting his growth and development. According to them, his night sleep was not an issue. We discovered that part of the reason he was not able to nap well was because he was not able to self-soothe, resulting in 30-45 minute naps throughout the day. When they put him down at night, he was already asleep. His parents were so concerned about him getting the “right” amount of sleep during the day and would sometimes try to help him soothe between cycles to ensure the right amount of sleep.  The problem with this? It wasn’t quality sleep. When we started working together, I could see that he actually wasn’t getting enough sleep, and the sleep was fragmented due to him waking between sleep cycles. We adjusted his schedule, moved away from following his sleepy cues to prevent overtiredness (since he was now six months old, he wasn’t showing cues that he was tired even though he was actually quite tired!), and helped him learn some self-soothing skills. Ultimately, we were able to get him to yield solid, consistent naps which …