This past Sunday we all rolled back our clocks an hour. This has wreaked some serious havoc on my entire households sleeping patterns and extreme grumpiness has ensued. That first day it was actually nice, and we all commented on how wonderful it was to get that one extra hour of sleep. It was like a godsend after such a busy week. But then when the week rolled in and everyone wanted to be in bed earlier after much yawning and exclamations of being incredibly tired, I realized that I needed to get myself, Mario and Julius back on a normal sleeping pattern. What happens is that we are still waking up at the time our bodies are used to waking, and that means that we are also getting tired around the same time. Sleep and rest are absolutely important for all of us, but especially baby and young children.
Did you know that 52% of moms feel that their baby's sleep patterns are thrown off when the clocks 'fall back' and Daylight Savings Time ends? Sleep expert Kim West shared some valuable sleeping tips that will help get everyone back on the right track. Here are a few of the ones I think are the easiest to follow even with small children.
1. Make a point to slowly adjust your child’s bedtime and nap-times an hour earlier, just 15-30 minutes a day for a few days before daylight savings ends.
2. For children under 4 years old, its essential that we make naps a priority this time change. Quality nighttime sleep is dependent upon good daytime sleep. Make sure that your children are well-napped during the day so that when the time change takes effect having a later-feeling bedtime isn’t as much of an issue.
3. To help your baby sleep more soundly, consider installing blackout curtains and using a sound machine. Although the days are getting shorter, there may still be some natural light present, especially in the morning as well as noise when you put your baby to bed. To mitigate these, install blackout curtains and use a sound machine to help buffer outside light and sound. Black out shades are great for children with early rising issues, which is often a problem after the fall time change, especially if your child was already getting up before 6:00 a.m.
Something else that is important for helping baby sleep through those naps or during the night is having a superior diaper that will not leak. Pampers Baby Dry diapers are built with nighttime sleeping in mind with an "ultra absorb" core that can handle up to 95% of overnight loads and a 15% increase in the amount it can hold. Three layers of absorbency versus the two found in normal diapers, make Pampers better than ever.
My son is incredibly active, especially now that he walking. I don't have the time nor do I have the patience to worry about leaks and soiled clothing. I want Julius to enjoy his days, run around all he wants, and then get to bed with a dry little bum and just rest his little heart out.
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