Dont let longer hours rob our kids of sleep

March 20, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Posted in children, Infants, parenting, sleep | Leave a comment
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Longer afternoons makes it easy to forget that the time is later too. Keep watch on the time so our kids are not losing too much sleep. http://ow.ly/1oOdX

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DayLight Saving Begins March 14, 2010 – Spring Ahead – Children’s Wake Times

March 12, 2010 at 9:27 pm | Posted in children, Infants, parenting, sleep | 4 Comments
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This weekend on Sunday at 2am we move our clocks one hour ahead. This means that we will lose one hour. The good news is the afternoons will be brighter and longer and best of all early morning risers will be getting up an hour later. My advice to you if you have a child who is taking one nap a day or no naps, you don’t have to do anything, just follow the clock immediately. For babies who are napping more than once a day follow the clock immediately but make each nap and bedtime a half hour later. For example: normal schedule Nap 1: 9am, Nap 2: 12pm, Nap 3: 3pm, bedtime 7pm, will change to Nap 1: 9:30, Nap 2: 12:30, Nap 3: 3:30pm and bedtime 7:30pm. Making the sleep time a half hour later will help ease into the adjusted time change more smoothly. Over a week or so you can adjust the naps as the wake time goes back to normal.

Familysleep In the News – addition

March 1, 2010 at 11:15 pm | Posted in sleep | Leave a comment
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This was back in the end of October on daylight saving. It’s coming up again but this one is the good one. The only difference in my advice would be to do the opposite. Start by following the new clock and then put your child down for naps and bedtime a half hour later (which, by the old clock is a half hour earlier then you would normally put him down). Slowly adjust those nap times and bedtime back to the original time as the wake time becomes more likes it’s norm. So for example: in the past, your child took a nap at 9am and 1pm and went to bed at 7pm. On the first day of the time change this will be the new schedule: 9:30, 1:30 and 7:30. We are only stretching the time by a half hour so it’s something but it’s not too much for the child to tolerate and eventually over a couple of days you can push it a little bit earlier and as the wake time becomes normal.

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