Getting your baby in to the perfect bedtime routine can be a challenge for any parent. With the night’s drawing in, it’s almost time for the clocks to change, and that hour difference can have a big impact on baby’s sleep patterns.
MAM share some top tips on how to help your baby cope with daylight saving clock changes:
- Change your child’s body clock
A week or so before the clocks change, start to delay your baby’s bedtime routine. Put them to bed 15 minutes later than usual and then after 2 or 3 nights of this, shift it again by another 15 minutes and repeat this until their bedtime has moved an hour later. By the time the clocks change backwards, your child will have altered their sleeping pattern and hopefully stay in bed until the correct wake-up time the next morning. If your child is having daytime naps you will need to adjust these in the same way, along with meal and milk times.
- Create a focused bedtime routine
Recent research commissioned by MAM showed that 83% of parents agree that the bedtime routine is a key bonding experience for parent and baby. Nine in 10 parents read bedtime stories as part of their bedtime routine. Lowered lighting, warm baths, and giving them a snuggly toy are the other top ways these parents help soothe their little ones.
- Have a healthy sleep environment
A dark room is a great way to promote sleep. By keeping the room where your baby sleeps dark, they will be unaware of and unstimulated by the brighter mornings.
- Let them be soothed
MAM launched its #Soothement Movement to debunk myths about soothers and highlight how they can enhance the bedtime experience when baby needs a touch of soothement. One of the most natural and soothing things for baby to do is suck and sucking a soother may help them fall asleep.