On Sunday 25th March the clocks will be changing to British summertime. This time they will be going forward which will bring us lighter evenings (yippee!) but unfortunately, we will all be losing that extra hour in bed in the morning.
Although we’re looking forward to the lighter evenings and the excitement that summer is almost here, the change of the clocks can cause havoc on your child’s routine. Here are our top tips on causing as little disruption to your child as possible.
Change your child’s bedtime
Slowly start bringing your child’s bedtime forward a few days before the clocks are due to change and get them to wake up earlier each morning. Once Sunday arrives your body clocks will have already adjusted.
Don’t forget to change other routines to co-inside with these changes such as meal times, nap times and bath times.
Stick to your normal routine
With it being lighter in the evening, it might be confusing to your child that they are going to bed whilst it is still light outside. Keep to your guns and stick to your normal bedtime routine to help them understand that it is nearly bedtime.
Additionally, to help your child understand, close all of the curtains and dim the lights to encourage the sense that it is time for bed.
Invest in blackout curtains
If your child is struggling to sleep in the light, invest in blackout curtains so that the room stays dark even though it is light outside. This will also work to your advantage in the summer when the mornings become lighter – no more kids waking you up at crack of dawn!
Change the clocks before bed
To avoid confusion for the older children who can read the time, move the clocks forward once they have gone to bed to avoid any confusion.
Have a busy day
On the Saturday, try to do a lot of physical activities with your children throughout the day. Doing this will tire them out resulting in a good night’s sleep!
If all doesn’t go well and your child is struggling to settle each night, just remember to be patient and that any disruption will only be temporary until the child gets back into their normal routine.