How to Survive Daylight Savings with Little Ones

img_1778-1In a week, we will all be springing ahead an hour for daylight savings. This means we will be losing an hour of sleep which is tough to begin with. But when you add kiddos into the mix, it makes it even harder to adjust to the new time. So, I thought I would share how I prepare for daylight savings. I have three daylight savings experiences under my belt including 2 for fall and 1 in the spring.

Routine is what makes our household function. We each have our own individual routine as well as a routine together in our house. When something throws it off balance, it can get ugly. Daylight savings is certainly one of those things that could throw it off balance.

For my first daylight savings experience, I knew that this would take an effect on our family. I was already having trouble with myself and didn’t need anymore stress so I had to make the decision to be proactive for the change in time.

Here is what I do when preparing for daylight savings:

Decide on a time frame.

First, you must decide when you are going to begin preparing for the change in time. From experience, I recommend beginning 1-2 weeks before daylight savings. You want to make this transition as smooth as possible. Think about what will work best for your family.

Pick a time interval and stick to it!

Once you decide when you are going to begin preparing, a time interval needs to be chosen next. You want this adjustment in time to be just right so it is effective yet smooth. Transitioning your routine by 15-20 minutes every 2-3 days will help this be a smooth transition. Keep in mind that you need to reach a total transition time of an hour a day or two before daylight savings occurs.

Of course, you will adjust your routine times depending on when daylight savings occurs during the year. In the spring, you will be transitioning to 15-20 minutes earlier every 2-3 days. In the fall, you will be transitioning to 15-20 minutes later every 2-3 days.

It is important to adhere to both your time frame and interval time. You are shifting your routine and in order for this to be effective, your transition must be a routine too!

Transition the entire day!

After you have decided on your interval time, you must make that 15-20 minute adjustment for your entire day. That means eating, nap time, snack time, bathtime, and bedtime will all be either 15-20 minutes earlier or later (depending on time o lf year) than normal until you’ve reached an overall transition to an hour.

If you do this, your entire routine be much smoother because you have prepared to make the adjustment for the entire day.

Preparation is the key to success!

If you follow my advice on preparing for daylight savings, the clock change will not be a headache! It will be a much better time because you have transitioned your little ones to this time change. Children are a creature of habit and if you prepare for a change like this, you will be thankful because there will be much less stress from all in your household.

Do you prepare for daylight savings? If so, do you do anything differently?

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