In this re-released Spring sleep strategies for new Moms episode, Annie Henderson of Annie’s Child Sleep Solutions and I discuss how to approach Daylight Savings time.
Irish twins (2:20), daylight saving time (4:00), splitting the difference for infants 5:30), toddler specific nap considerations (7:30), value of being flexible (9:50). She also discusses an approach for an infant napping frequently (11:30) and what adults can do to improve sleep (13:00).
Additional thoughts from the conversation
In order to prevent early wakings, you may need to up your game when it comes to keeping your child’s room dark.
If you haven’t yet invested in blackout shades, do so. It’s seriously one of the best investments you can make in the health and happiness of your family. Annie mentions a couple of brands in the show.
Even if you do have blackout shades, you may need to address light coming in around the edges. If you haven’t bought them yet, consider buying extra-large ones that go around the window frame instead of inside the window frame.
If you have already made the investment, consider painter’s tape around the edges. It may look ugly, but a few minutes of extra sleep in the morning is worth it, right?
At naptime, check if light is streaming under your child’s door. It may not keep her from falling asleep, but it may lead to a shorter-than-optimal nap time. If this is an issue, put a towel at the bottom of the door to block the light.
Don’t forget to keep white noise running during naps and all night long. It can be very hard to convince a child to go to sleep when it’s still light out! If he can hear the rest of the family having fun, that will only make things worse. White noise is your best friend in this situation!
Connect with Annie to learn more about sleep strategies for Saylight Savings time!
Pssst- you can also listen to the recent episode about infant and child sleep while traveling if you’re Spring Break bound!
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