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I bet as a mom you have read lots of tricks on how help your child adjust to Daylight Saving Time. The web is full of ideas and lists suggesting that parents buy blackout shades, follow routines, and gradually adjust their child’s bedtime and wake time. These tips might work for some families but they have never worked for me. Twice a year I found myself dreading the weekends we had to change the clocks. All week long, my kids would be tired and crabby as they adjusted to the new time. Then one weekend a few years ago, I discovered on accident an amazing idea that worked wonders for helping my boys adjust to the time change. It is the only trick I use and I have had lots of luck implementing this plan twice a year. But before I tell you my secret I need to mention that I am not a doctor or a sleep expert, I am just a mom:)
We go out of town on Daylight Saving weekends!
On that magical weekend a few years ago, we happened to be on a trip to Disney World. It was here that I realized whenever we are out of town and away from our everyday routine, my kids don’t sleep well. They stay up late because we are out and about, or they wake up early because they are sleeping in an unfamiliar bed.
Once we have returned from a trip, my kids are always exhausted. They quickly fall asleep at bedtime and usually sleep later in the morning too. Since they are so tired their little bodies don’t really notice the time change. They just want to sleep to recover from their long weekend.
Ever since I had this ah ha moment, I have planned to be out of town on Daylight Saving weekend. But we don’t always take a big expensive trip. Often, we just go visit family members. The kids love to see their Grandparents or Aunts and Uncles.
But what if you can’t afford to go out of town or you have plans at home during Daylight Saving Time. My advice would be to plan something locally. Keep the kids busy so they are extra tired. If your children are tired hopefully they will sleep better and won’t realize the time has changed.
This is a trick that has worked for my family but it may not work for yours. Only you know how your child sleeps best. If you have any concerns talk to your pediatrician before making a plan.
Do you have any special tricks for Daylight Saving weekends?