Its that time of year again.. the time when our calendars (and mobile phones) insist on “springing forward” and taking an hour of sleep away from us. Daylight saving time is a rough one, especially when you have children. As an adult I find it incredibly frustrating to have an hour of sleep ripped away from me, so I can only imagine how children feel about this.
Many online articles will tell you that you should prepare your children for the time change a week in advance. That you should slowly move their bedtime back in increments of 15 minutes. And while I must admit, this all sounds like the ideal way to go, every year you’ll find me sitting here saying “I should have planned ahead, my kids won’t sleep… WTF”.
So, if you are like me, a procrastinator to the 10th degree, listen up. I have a few tips that will help you survive this hellish week with your unapologetic children.
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Wear Them Out
That’s right. Take your kids outside for an evening walk (minus the stroller), go to the park and let them run around like the crazies that they are or play a fun game of tag. Tired kids need sleep, and if you’re lucky, sometimes your tired kid wants to sleep!
Black Out Curtains
I cannot stress this one enough! Now that the time has changed the sun is still lighting up the sky come bedtime. As a parent of two toddlers, this is a problem. They don’t know bedtime by a time. They know it by the color of the sky. Black out curtains are a necessity. Trust me, you’ll thank me later when you realize I’ve not only helped you ease your children into daylight saving time, but I’ve also helped gain you some extra time alone during naps.
Comfort Blankies & Buddies
For my kids at least, nothing helps them get to sleep faster than a little bit of comfort from a blankie or their favorite Cloud B Twilight Buddy. My little man will not even lay in his bed unless he has one of his blankies with him (our favorites are from Noxx) or his Cloud B Twilight Buddy.
Gio’s big sister has a Cloud B Twilight Buddy (click here to see hers) that she uses for bedtime each night and, well, if you have kids you know they always want what the other has. This is especially so for something as cool as their Cloud B Twilight Buddies. They are not only fun buddies to play and cuddle with, but they fill your room with starry lights!
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Just kidding, kind of. Remember that its just as hard (almost as hard?) on the kids as it is on you and that this adjustment period is only temporary. Give your kids all the hugs and comfort you can.
If you have some helpful tips for my fellow procrastinators that I have failed to mention, I’d love to hear them in the comments below!