How to Successfully Navigate a Time Change with Children


Before I had children I LOVED the “fall back” time change. An extra hour of sleep was always welcomed!! Now, with kids, I dread it. Time changes can be incredibly painful for some families, while others take it in stride. Those who take in it stride typically have well-rested kiddos, or extremely flexible sleepers.

The least painful way to get through a time change is to take 4-5 days, which mean starting today, to adjust your child’s schedule. By slowly shifting their schedule forward by 10 or 15 minutes each day, you will magically be right on track come the day of the time change.

Most families don’t have the luxury to take 4-5 days to adjust because of school, daycare, work and activities. If this is the case for you, the best thing to do is to take the weekend to shift their schedule. Move bedtime forward by 15 minutes on Friday night, then their entire schedule forward by 30 minutes on Saturday and then Sunday, get back to their normal schedule at the new normal times. Older children and toddlers can usually manage this sort of change with little disruption.

Good luck and remember to reach out to me if you need any assistance through this transition.

Happy Sleeping!!