This weekend is already time to spring our clocks forward ahead for Daylight Savings Time. While I absolutely love that extra daylight at the end of the day, it is definitely a hard transition when you lose an hour, especially for children. My older boys have been transitioning a bit better by simply going to be a bit earlier. But for babies and younger children, the change can be even harder. I am thankful that because I stay home with my two year old Wes, I can adjust our schedule to fit him. But that doesn’t mean it is easy to change his nap and night time routines.
I had the opportunity to submit a few questions regarding sleep to expert Kim West, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and author. She has written three books related to sleep including: “GOOD NIGHT, SLEEP TIGHT: The Sleep Lady’s Gentle Guide to Helping Your Child Go to Sleep, Stay Asleep and Wake Up Happy”, the “Good Night, Sleep Tight Workbook” and “52 Sleep Secrets for Babies.
Here are the questions I asked regarding Daylight Savings Time and sleep in general:
- How can we most effectively prepare in advance for Daylight Saving Time?
- What are some key practices to keep your baby a happy one, and thus a better sleeper.
- How parents can adjust their schedules to help the whole family transition?
- Do you have any tips for parents on what to do and not do before bedtime? Are there certain types of foods and activities to stay away from so children can transition better to sleep?
- Since we are losing an hour of sleep this time of year, is there anything we can do to help our children fall asleep faster and sleep more restful so they get the most out of the time they have for sleep?
- Got any tips for waking up our children in a way they helps them transition and avoid crankiness?
Here is a video of Kim West’s sleep advice for me!
I love her advice about blackout shades. If you don’t yet have them for your child’s room, I highly recommend them. Wesley’s room stays completely dark during the day, which really helps him transition for nap time. It is also really important if your child has an earlier bedtime, especially during those extended days in the summer.
Certain products can definitely help create a more restful night sleep, including Pampers diapers to keep your little one dry all night long. Having some sort of nightlight, such as the Cloud B Twilight Turtle is a great way to help your child transition to sleep.
Do you have any favorite night time products that help your child fall asleep?
In honor of helping your little one get the a good night sleep, I have a daylight savings prize package from Pampers to give away to a lucky reader!
- Month supply of Pampers Baby Dry Jumbo Pack Size 6 (four jumbo packages)
- Month supply of Pampers Sensitive Baby Wipes (two 64ct tubs)
- Kim West’s book: “The Sleep Lady’s Good Night Sleep Tight”
- CloudB Twilight Turtle
Disclosure: I have received a gift for sharing this post, however all thoughts are my own. Pampers has only provided me the product that I am using as the prizes for this contest. The contest is not otherwise endorsed, designed and/or administered by or associated with Pampers.