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When the clocks creep backward: how to manage sleep training through GMT/BST clock changes

Updated: Oct 13, 2021

Are you wondering how to manage your little ones' sleep when the clocks change? The clocks go backwards at the end of the month (31st October 2021) and for most parents this clock change is a little scarier than the spring one. However, to help this transition I recommend you start by gradually adjusting their routine and be sure to change every part of their routine - meal times, nap times etc. Here’s a few ways to help your little ones adjust. 1. Start by putting your baby/child to bed a little later the night before by 30mins. 2. The quicker you aim for their usual bed and nap time, the sooner they will be back to their normal sleep routine. If little one is use to a regular schedule, start a week in advance and gradually push the timings back by 15mins every few days. 3. Do this for a few days to help your little one adjust and help keep your little one on track.

Remember - with this clock change, the mornings will be lighter so it's good to keep your blackout blind up to prevent early rising. It’s also good to make sure your little one gets lots of fresh air, natural light and exercise to help their body clock adjust to the changes. Good Luck!

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