For the less sensitive baby or child:
- Go with the flow. There is no need to prepare them for the time change. Come Sunday, adjust the entire day to the new time including naps, bedtime, and meals. Within a few days his body will adjust.
- Start the transition to the new time several days before the end of DST. Shift the bedtime later by 15 minutes every two days leading up to November 1st. Be sure to adjust the entire day (naps, bedtime, and meals). By Sunday, your little one's body will already be on the way to adjusting to the new time.
- For the first week or two after DST ends, keep the lights a bit dimmer for the first hour or so after waking in the morning and the lights a bit brighter for the last hour of the day. This will help the resetting of your child’s internal clock to the new time.
- With any change to a schedule or routine, the more rested your little one can be leading up to the change, the more successful the transition will be. Spend time now getting naps and night sleep so your little one is not overtired. A well-rested sleeper will handle this transition much more smoothly than an overtired child!
- Have realistic expectations. It could take anywhere from a few days to a week or two for your little one’s internal clock to reset to this new time. As with all sleep training, the most important thing is for Mom and Dad to approach this transition with patience, confidence, and consistency.