This weekend marks the beginning of Daylight Saving Time in the US. Early in the morning on Sunday, March 11 we all need to set our clocks ahead one hour. Although it may be easier to do this task on Saturday night before you go to bed. Daylight Saving Time starts on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November.
Making the seasonal adjustment can be difficult for small children. While we like to see that extra hour of daylight in the evening, the time change can affect their sleep schedule. According to the Indianapolis Star:
Keep in mind that preschoolers and younger children do not adjust as easily as their older siblings and teens, said Dr. Ann Osuntokun, a pediatrician with St. Vincent Medical Group.
“The younger you are, the more disruptive it’s going to be,” she said.
Spend about a week building up to the adjustment. Start, well, today. At 2 a.m. March 11, we will “spring ahead” to 3 a.m.
To prepare your young children for this change — as well as yourself — move your schedule up by about 10 or 15 minutes every day or so. If you usually eat dinner at 6 p.m., move that up to 5:45 for the next two nights. Within a few days, switch meal time to 5:30 p.m. if possible.
Do the same with bedtime. At first you may need to build extra time into the bedtime routine to help the child adjust.
While changing the clocks, don’t forget to change out the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Fresh batteries will keep your families safe and the detectors functioning.