Babies Don’t Understand Time Change

By Kristine Hartvigsen on March 12th, 2017

The clocks are moving ahead one hour today. Yeah. Tell that to your baby.

Even adults have difficulty sometimes adjusting their sleep habits when the time changes. And babies? Well, they’re oblivious. So what are new parents to do?

New parents already are sleep schedule-challenged. The time change really won’t feel much different in their corner of the nursery.

As before, babies will awaken when there is a need for attention. So this is a fitting time to remind new parents of some commonsense, sleep-saving tips:

• Sleep when your baby sleeps. It’s the oldest advice in the world because it has stood the test of time for generations.
• If you’re breastfeeding, pump a supply ahead of bedtime so your partner can pitch in for nighttime feedings.
• Keep your bedroom quiet, cool, and dark for distraction-free rest.
• Avoid nicotine, caffeine, alcohol, and sugary foods.
• Get regular exercise, but not close to bedtime.
• Retire your electronic devices and keep them out of reach.

Daylight Savings Time in the United States begins at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 12. Remember to set your clocks ahead one hour to enjoy more daylight at the end of the day.

Sweet dreams.

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