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When the clocks spring forward: how to manage sleep through GMT/BST clock changes

Updated: Mar 8

Are you wondering how to manage your little ones' sleep when the clocks change?

The clocks go forward next weekend (27th March 2022) and for most parents this clock change isn’t as scary as the winter 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 a week before by putting your baby/child to bed a little earlier.

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 bring the timings forward 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.

You can also do nothing! Let baby adjust naturally like we all do and see how it goes.

Making sure your little one gets lots of fresh air, natural light and exercise to help their body clock adjust to the changes is sometimes all you need.

Remember - with this clock change, it can also be an opportunity to help families with an early riser.

Good Luck!

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