screen-shot-2016-10-23-at-8-10-12-pmThis is the most dreaded time of the year for most parents and people its coming soon! Sunday November 6th @ 2 AM when we set the clock back one hour, it isn’t going to adjust our Lil’Beans internal clocks. This means if your babes are accustomed to getting up at 6:30 am, their new wakeup time is 5:30 am. Um..no thank you!

Firstly, if your Lil’Bean is waking later in the morning congrats! You don’t have to do anything! However, if you are dealing with an early riser you best be getting to work tomorrow with the new schedule.

Follow these tips to stay on track with sleep:

  • Begin shifting your Lil’Beans schedule forward by small increments every other day. (15 – 30 minutes)
  • Keep kiddos in bed until it’s time to wake up. Older toddlers can use a light up clock for example.
  • Allow for transition days. You’re going to have off days. So if your Lil’Bean can not hold out another 30 min before bedtime then just go with the flow and try again the next day.
  • If baby is less than 6 months old don’t do anything too drastic, slow and steady wins the sleep adjustment race.
  • Use of loud white noise (think of the loudness of a shower running or old style vacuum)
  • Keep the room blacked out, because science 😉
  • First thing upon waking open those shades. Why? Because, light helps to reset your Lil’Beans biological clock.
  • Make sure your Lil’Beans bedtime isn’t too late to begin with. Missing the correct wave of sleep hormones usually causes extra early morning wake times!

Lastly, make sure you are shifting your Lil’Beans entire day, including feeds, naps and bedtime. This can be an easy adjustment for some and a disaster for others. Accept that this can cause change in moods temporarily and be patient with the process.

Should you need support during this transition we are always here to help. Contact nicole@bellytobean.com to get started on the path to sleep.