As if this daylight savings by itself wasn't bad enough - this year’s daylight savings coincides with a large lunar eclipse which in itself may affect kids and adults alike quite profoundly (!).
Newborn babies are probably the least affected with this change, but some toddlers and young children can really struggle with the change in routine and even adults can also be affected for approximately a week. So patience is essential for big and little kids!
These are some great tips on getting your little one into a new routine when daylight savings starts.
* This week, before daylight saving ends, gradually put your child to bed 10 minutes earlier each night. This way your little one adjust slowly to the new bedtime.
* Understand it may take a week or so for your child to adjust, so expect that your child may be tired after the time change.
* This one really applies for any evening - avoid screens for at least an hour and a half before sleep. It has been scientifically proven that interaction with things like cell phones, TVs, tablets and computers can delay the onset of sleep.
* Since the evenings will be much lighter, children will want to stay up later. Invest in some blackout curtains so the room they sleep in is as dark as possible.
*This is another one that applies for every evening - make sure that your child's nightlight is not too bright. Nightlights are typically white, green or blue which has been known to interfere with sleep. The best colour for a nightlight is Red/Pink and we have found that Himalayan Salt Lamps are perfect to add a soft and calming glow to any nursery.
*Last of all - try and don't stress out too much and remember 'this too shall pass' xx
WHEN is daylight saving?
When local standard time is about to reach
Sunday, 25 September 2016, 2:00:00 a.m. clocks are turned forward 1 hour to
Sunday, 25 September 2016, 3:00:00 a.m. local daylight time instead
Sunrise and sunset will be about 1 hour later on 25 Sep 2016 than the day before. There will be more light in the evening,
Kim is the owner of SNUGBAGS - Merino for Kids. Together with her partner James and their little girl Neeva Rose, she lives in a little beach town called Piha on the West Coast in New Zealand. They love surfing, building sandcastles and all things natural and organic.