Simplify Daylight Saving’s for Your Child


Preparing for Daylight Saving’s Time can feel a little too much like a math problem for my liking. And so many articles out there make it even more confounding.

As I’ve found with nearly everything parenting-related, it can take some effort but it doesn’t have to be complicated.

This year, the clocks “fall back” the night of Saturday, November 3rd (or, technically, very early the morning of Sunday, November 4th).

How do I adjust bedtime?

Most older babies and children do just fine with just a few nights preparation and my minimalist method is to simply put your child to bed half an hour late for a few nights leading up to the time change (with Halloween three days before, this should be no problem for big kids)!

If your child’s regular bedtime is 7:00 PM then this looks like this:

Thursday November 1st: 7:30 PM bedtime

Friday November 2nd: 7:30 PM bedtime

Saturday November 3rd: 7:30 PM bedtime

Sunday, November 4th: 2:00 AM ***time change occurs***

Sunday, November 4th: 7:00 PM bedtime

If your child is under 12 months of age or is sensitive to schedule changes, you could use a more gradual approach. If bedtime is typically 7:00 PM this would look like this:

Monday, October 29th: 7:15 PM bedtime

Tuesday, October 30th: 7:15 PM bedtime

Wednesday, October 31st: 7:30 PM

Thursday, November 1st: 7:30 PM bedtime

Friday, November 2nd: 7:45 PM bedtime

Saturday, November 3rd, 7:45 PM bedtime

Sunday, November 4th: 2:00 AM ***time change occurs***

Sunday, November 4th: 7:00 PM bedtime

How do I adjust naps?

For babies taking multiple naps each day, use your child’s ideal average awake time to determine when the next nap should be on any given day, before or after the time change.

For babies on one or two naps, you can bump naptimes later on the same timeline as bedtime (i.e. 15 or 30 minutes at a time).

How long does it take to adjust?

Usually it takes about three to seven days for a child's body to get used to this. But everyone is different and some kids can easily make the change without shifting bedtimes at all.

I have a toddler, how can I make this easier?

If your little one is over the age of two you can use a digital alarm clock (tape over the minutes) or a fancy children’s sleep clock. Remember, you control what time the clock says; you can set it so it always says 7:00 PM at bedtime no matter what time you’re actually putting your child to bed that night.

Have questions?

Send me your questions or thoughts or book a call to discuss your Daylight Saving’s plan me.

And if the time change seriously throws your child’s sleep off and more than two weeks goes by without improvement, please reach out! As with so many things, it’s easier to nip issues in the bud if they haven’t become the norm for months on end.


Sierra Dante