Transition Your Baby’s Sleep Schedule for Daylight Savings

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Transition Your Baby’s Sleep Schedule for Daylight Savings

Baby Sleep Schedule for Daylight Savings

It’s almost time to “spring forward” an hour and gain some extra sunlight. For many it is a hopeful sign that spring is around the corner. But for parents, it can be a time of increased stress and decreased sleep due to the change in their children's sleep routine. We asked Jenni June, a nationally-recognized certified child sleep consultant, for some tips on how parents can make this transition easier. June says not to worry, just do these three simple things and within about four days, your child should be fully adjusted:

1. Begin your bedtime routine immediately following a warm, relaxing candle lit bath in a darkened sleep environment.

2. Keep your post-bath bedtime routine to 15 minutes max! This safeguards your child from missing that powerful wave of sleep hormones that are often released after a quiet bath while settling down in a darkened room. Both of these things do a great job of kick-starting your child's melatonin production. If you prolong this routine, your child will eventually catch their second wind and become overtired.

3. Wake your child between 6-7 a.m. and expose them to the early morning dawn and sunrise for at least 20 minutes in front of a window while feeding, and again outside for what I like to call "Naturewalk Time", exposing them directly for another 20-30 minutes.

The blue light that emanates from the rising sun helps sync our bodies to the new time. Proceed with your child's regular schedule for the rest of the day.

Good luck parents! We hope your transition goes smoothly. Don’t forget to adjust your clocks to “spring forward” Saturday night.

About Jenni June:

Jenni June Child Sleep ConsultantJennifer Metter, founder of Jenni June TM LLC, is a Certified Child and Family Sleep Consultant, Certified Lactation Counselor, Host and Mom of four teenagers! She is a valuable resource for everyday and celebrity parents all over the country, including Guiliana and Bill Rancic for the Style Network!

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Transition Your Baby’s Sleep Schedule for Daylight Savings

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