How to Manage Daylight Savings - NZ

How to Manage Daylight Savings - NZ

Alright, lovelies. Daylight savings is coming up in New Zealand, and on September 24th, our clocks will roll forward by 1 hour. Woohoo, bring on that extra daylight!

So, if your little one usually wakes at 7am on Sunday morning, it is likely they will naturally wake at 8am.

Now, for some of you, you may LOVE the extra sleep in. If that's you, then fab! You can run with your baby or toddler's whole routine shifting 1 hour later and enjoy that extra hour's sleep in the mornings.

However, for some of you, an 8am wake-up just isn't going to work with daily commitments such as school, work, preschool, etc.

So, if this is you and you want to know what you can do to prepare your baby or toddler for daylight savings or shift their routine after daylight savings, read on, lovely!

I'm going to explain the following 3 options:

  1. Prepare your baby or toddler in the week leading up to daylight savings.
  2. How to shift your baby or toddler's routine quickly, starting on the day.
  3. Shifting your baby or toddler's routine slowly the week following daylight savings.

Alright, let's say your little one usually wakes at 7am in the morning.

Option 1: Prepare your baby or toddler in the week leading up to daylight savings.

On the Monday before daylight savings, you can start gradually pulling their routine back by 15 mins every day, towards 6am. So that when they wake up on Sunday morning when it would usually have been 6am, they'll wake at 7am, which will look like this:

Monday: 6.45am Wake Up - Feeds and Naps 15 mins Earlier - Bedtime 6.45pm

Tuesday: Same as Monday

Wednesday: 6.30am Wake Up - Feeds and Naps 30mins Earlier - Bedtime 6.30pm

Thursday: Same as Wednesday

Friday: 6.15am Wake Up - Feeds and Naps 45 mins earlier - 6.15pm Bedtime

Saturday: Same as Friday

Sunday: 7am Wake Up! - Routine Back on Track - 7pm Bedtime

This method will work really well for babies or toddlers who don't respond well to sudden shifts in their routine! It gives their circadian rhythm time to slowly adjust over time.

Option 2: Shift your baby or toddler's routine on the day.

This one is pretty simple. You can just wake your baby or toddler up at 7am on Sunday and stick to their usual routine times.

Now, you will know your little one and whether or not they will respond well to this option or not. Some will totally take it in their stride. They be tired for the first day or two, but will adjust fairly quickly.

Others will have a really hard time with this, they'll be really hard to wake, super tired and grumpy, and struggle to make it to their next feed and nap times.

If this sounds like your little one, option 3 might be your best bet if you haven't got around to option 1.

Option 3: Shift your baby or toddler's routine slowly the week following daylight savings.

This one's for all of you out there who have woken up at 8am Sunday morning, grateful for the extra hours of sleep in, but have gotten to bedtime at 7pm and your little one is WIDE AWAKE.

Now what?!

Starting Monday morning (or whenever you like, really), you're going to start slowly bringing your little one's routine earlier by 15 mins every couple of days, which will look like this:

Monday: 7.45am Wake Up - Feeds and Naps 15 mins Earlier - Bedtime 7.45pm

Tuesday: Same as Monday

Wednesday: 7.30am Wake Up - Feeds and Naps 30 mins Earlier - Bedtime 7.30pm

Thursday: Same as Wednesday

Friday: 7.15am Wake Up - Feeds and Naps 45 mins earlier - 7.15pm Bedtime

Saturday: Same as Friday

Sunday: 7am Wake Up! - Routine Back on Track - 7pm Bedtime

Remember:

With the clocks moving forward, it is going to be much lighter in your baby and toddler's room, both in the morning and at nighttime. So, you're going to want to make sure their room is super dark, and I highly recommend purchasing some blackout blinds so you can control this.

Otherwise, you might find yourself struggling with early morning wake-ups and bedtime struggles.

And as always, lovelies, if you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me at erin@soundlittlesleepers.co.nz, or if daylight savings has been and gone and you're struggling to get your little one back into their usual routine, reach out and book your 1-on-1 sleep support package with me.

I got you!

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