I refer to this clock change as the Spring Forward Clock Change. Out of the two clock changes that happen each year, this is the one that is to be feared the least! In fact, if you have an early riser in the house this could be the clock change of your prayers as 5 am starts can become a 6 am start after the change!
For me there are three routes you can take when it comes preparing for this clock change;
Route 2 – Split the difference. On the morning of the change (Sunday, March 31st) wake your child 30 minutes earlier. So if the morning is normally 7 am then wake them at 6.30 am – urrrggghh I know! Do the same with naps through the day starting them 30 mins earlier than you normally would. Then bedtime would also be 30 mins earlier. Then over the coming few days start adjusting to a new time by 10 minutes every few days – then you will be in new time before the week is out.
Route 3 – Tweak the timings. With this option, you work on adjusting their body clock a few days out from the change. In the week leading into the clock-change put them to bed 10 minutes earlier each night.
One of the most important factors when it comes to sleep is room darkness. A dark sleep environment will support the production of melatonin (the sleepy hormone) and thus help support the initiation and maintained of sleep. If you have lots of light coming into your child’s sleep environment then their sleep will not be as well supported. With that in mind, this clock change brings with it super bright mornings from 5 am and lovely long evenings with 7 pm becoming a bright time of the day! As such I would encourage you to use my ‘black bag trick’ to darken your child’s room as much as possible or invest in good quality blackout blinds and heavily lined curtains.