Time to Spring Forward and that means time to adjust your child’s sleeping habit to a new schedule. For us, sleep was key when we had our little girl. I researched every kind of sleep training program, book, and “mom group” you can think of.
Do you know what I learned? Every child is different and you have to figure out what works best for them.
Fortunately, we found several great options but discovered Taking Cara Babies right after I had our little girl, in October of 2018. Her classes are designed to have you get to know your child and what works for them. Cara gives you some helpful tips and signs to look for along the way. If it wasn’t for her classes, I don’t think our child would sleep the way she sleeps now.
Every year when daylight savings time rolls around, she talks on her Instagram about how to handle the time changes. Every time, I listen very closely because honestly, it works. She has 3 plans and you can view them here. While one plan fits us, it may be different for you and your little.
I am sharing how we molded our schedule for our little girl.
Two days before the “daylight savings” I start Amzie on her “new” sleeping schedule. Friday and Saturday night we will put her to bed 30 mins earlier than normal. Amzie’s normal bedtime for winter is 6:30/7:00 PM. Her new “daylight savings” bedtime will be 6:00/6:30 PM. But here is the kicker to the madness, I will wake her up 30 minutes before she usually wakes up. She is a little fussy at first, but you can tell that it works when she winding down the next night around the new bedtime.
When Monday morning rolls around and we need to wake up for school, we are right on schedule. This will be her 4th “Daylight Savings” switch and every time we have implemented this schedule it has worked! Again, if this one doesn’t work for you, another one will probably fit you better, don’t get discouraged!
We do keep a pretty “tight” schedule with her when it comes to waking up and going to bed but the key to any child is having the patience. Everything takes time to adjust and if abruptly changing your child’s schedule doesn’t work try one of her other methods. This is what worked for us in our home and I am praying that it works with our second child!
I hope you get some sleep this weekend.
Do you have any other tips to share? Please comment below.