AH! It's daylight savings! What do I do with my babies and children?!
Just in case you missed this earlier in the week, I thought I'd re-post it to help out for tomorrow's early wake-up!
For fall back:
Instead of shifting a whole hour from the start, shift things 30 minutes every 3 days.
So, for example, if you normally nap your baby at 9 and 12, and bedtime is 6:30, know that after daylight savings their bodies will want to sleep at 8, 11 and 5:30.
To get BACK to 9, 12 and 6:30:
Days 1-3, naps will be at 8:30 and 11:30 and bedtime at 6.
Days 4-6 bring them to their normal time: 9, 12 and 6:30
The extra 30 minutes awake will be a bit of a stretch, so, expect some grumpiness, but, as the days go on, their body clock will shift.
In the morning, their body clock might wake them up at their normal time even if bedtime was later. If they normally wake at 6 - it will FEEL like 6 when it is only 5am (new time). Wait the normal 10 minutes before you get them up (5:10). Day 2, wait 20 minutes. Day 3 wait 30 minutes (and so on) until day 6 when you would wait 1 hour if necessary. Sometime during the week their body will shift enough that they WILL be starting to wake up at the adjusted 6am time.
It will take about a week to get them on track.
If you have a toddler or older child, shift 30 minutes each 3 days too. You'll need to re-set their clocks to change the alarm to waking at the appropriate time. In the first 3 days, know that you are expecting them to wake at 6:30 instead of 7. Set their alarm accordingly.
Any other questions about this? Post them here if you have any!
(And good luck - we'll be struggling along with you!)