There are two ways to prepare your child for Daylight Savings Time.
Adjust gradually during the week before the change: If your child goes to bed at 8pm, put him or her to bed at 15 minutes earlier (or later, depending upon whether it is spring or fall) every couple of nights until your child is going to bed at the new time. Adjust naps, too.
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Adjust on the actual weekend of the change: On Saturday night, adjust the clocks in your home after your children go to bed. On Sunday morning, get your children up at the time they’ll need to rise on Monday morning. On Sunday, you will also want to expose them to sunlight at the “new” rise time for at least 30-60 minutes (play/walk outdoors) and have breakfast at the new time, too.
~ All day Sunday, do everything at the new time (meals, naps, bedtime routine) and put them to bed “on time” (an hour early but read longer perhaps).
~ Using your typical bedtime routine will help to cue sleep.
~ Try to help your children go into the change well rested.
~ Be patient if your children are short-tempered during the first week of the change.
~ It should take your children about a week to adjust.