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How to manage the winter time change in babies and young children


Soon we will have to move the hands of our clocks or program them to adjust to winter time. This simple gesture has consequences for the little ones, who can suffer a change in their biological clock and sleep disorders. Know how to managewinter time change in infants and toddlers it is vital that they are disturbed as little as possible.

Even if it is only an hour, this time change can affect the biorhythms of your children affecting naps and bedtime. They are not able to understand what is happening and their internal clock continues to indicate the same time as before, so it may be that they get up earlier and present changes in sleep pattern the first few days, bad mood, irritability and that they are more listless and anxious.

1. Progressively adjust your bedtime a few days before the time change
One of the best ways so that the time change does not affect them too much is to get used to them a few days before it occurs. Thus, for example, try to delay the schedule of all the child's routines by about 15 minutes: eating, sleeping, getting up… In this way the change will be easier.

So if your child falls asleep at 8:00 p.m .; sleep it on Monday and Tuesday at 8:15 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday at 8:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8:45 p.m., and finally at 9:00 p.m. on Sunday.

The time when the little ones will notice the change the most is Sunday night, since it is when they must fall asleep at a time that will not be normal for them.

2. Progressively delays the time to wake up
For example, if he wakes up at 7 a.m., try to keep him asleep until 7.15 for two days and until 7.30 for two more days.

3. Adjust the rest of the hours at home
Gradually change your meal and nap times a few days before the time change. In the same way that you are adjusting the time to sleep in 15 minutes, adjust your naps and times of eating.

4. Give great importance to naps
A well-rested child will find this change easier and he will adapt more quickly. For this reason, I recommend that you use naps to make sure he doesn't get sleepy.

5. Darken the room
Use blackout blinds or curtains to keep the morning light out. Exposure to sunlight sends the signal to our body that it is daytime and we must be active. Therefore, there are more chances that your child will wake up.

6. Constancy and patience
Remember the importance of being consistent and patient. Little by little babies and children adapt to the changes.

Be patient, it is normal that it may take a week to adjust to the new schedule.

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