Updated: Oct 17
It's just about time to Fall Back in 2022.
So how do you actually adjust your toddler's sleep to Daylight Saving Time?
Falling back actually presents a good opportunity to fix some common toddler sleep challenges.
Check out my suggestions for fixing toddler sleep challenges when adjusting your toddler's sleep to Daylight Saving Time.
1. Daylight Saving Time FAQ
Because Daylight Saving Time confuses the heck out of me, let's cover the basics.
When does the time change in 2022?
Fall Back 2022 - Sunday, November 6, 2022
Spring Forward 2023 - Sunday, March 12, 2023
Do we lose or gain an hour when Falling Back?
We gain an hour when falling back for daylight savings time. What used to feel like 7AM will now be 6AM. Parent sleep translation, your kids will be waking earlier until they adjust to the time change.
Do we lose or gain an hour when Springing Forward?
We lose an hour when springing forward for daylight savings time. What used to feel like 7AM will now be 8AM. Parent sleep translation, your kids will be going to bed later until they adjust to the time change.
2. Gradual Changes to Daylight Saving Time
Making gradual changes is the most common way to adjust your toddler's sleep for Daylight Saving Time.
This is good way to adjust your child to daylight saving time in the fall if your child is:
a good sleeper
sensitive to time change
Making gradual changes works best for most children, even those who are sensitive to any changes with their sleep.
How To Gradually Adjust Your Toddler's Sleep for Daylight Saving Time
Move your child's bedtime (and nap times) 15 minutes later
every 1-3 days
for the next 4-12 days
If your child typically goes to bed at 8PM, when we fall back, it will feel like 8PM when it is really 7PM, therefore bedtime will initially be at 715PM, just 15 minutes later than usual. Confusing enough?
Adjust more gradually if...
most gradual adjustment = move bedtime 15 minutes later every 3 days, over a 12-day period
medium gradual adjustment = move bedtime 15 minutes later every 2 days over an 8-day period
this generally works well for toddlers or children who are more sensitive to the timing of sleep
gradual adjustment to daylight saving time will prevent your toddler from being overtired the first few nights, which could lead to a restless night and early morning waking (no one wants that!).
Adjust less gradually if...
least gradual adjustment = move bedtime 15 minutes later every day, over a 4-day period
this generally works well if your child is not as affected by the exact time he or she goes to sleep