Don't expect it to happen over night, on average it takes my kids 3 weeks to adjust to the time change, either the Fall Back or Spring Forward. Mentally prepare for it to take 3 weeks, as sucky as that is.
Usually the first night I have high hopes, I keep them up a little later, but don't do it, resist the urge, they will not sleep in later, mine always wake up earlier. So I put them to bed at their normal time for that day...but since this time it's going to be Halloween we'll probably stay up a little later than normal anyway...oh well!
|Had to have the matching PJ's right?|
Morning time is usually when we alter our schedule. Inevitably they are going to wake up early. That first day we let it slide and just get up whenever they do. But the second and third day we slowly start to move the wake up time little by little to the time that it should be. So the first day they'll wake up an hourish early, the second day they might wake up but we don't go get them until 45 minutes early, and so forth. Sometime they'll adjust quicker and we won't need to do the step up, but most times we do.
I think the most important advice is not to alter their normal schedule the day after. So on Sunday don't say, well they normally take a nap at 11, so let's put them down at 10, because it really is 11. No it's not, it's 10, yesterday it might have been 11, but today it's 10, keep them awake at all costs, sing to them, do what you can, get their internal clock back on track. Yes sometimes it sucks, but just keep at it, they'll adjust, be consistent. Isn't that always the advice?
Same goes for bedtime, keep it normal, the time is the time, don't "adjust" for yesterdays time. If they aren't tired, then they can rest in their room, but put them to bed and do the normal routine.
|Don't worry, I moved her after taking this picture, was too nervous that her nose was being squished.|
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