What to Do About Baby’s Sleep Schedule When Clocks “Fall Back” This Weekend

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Photo: Veer / The Bump

I’m usually so unprepared for clock changes when they happen in the fall and spring — and we spend what feels like weeks getting my son’s sleep schedule back on track. But this year I feel ready. Since my son’s been off school all week because of Hurricane Sandy (we’re all fine; his preschool is just pretty wet), I haven’t been sticking with the usual bedtime, and I’ve been letting him stay up a little later than usual. As a result, he’s been sleeping a little later in the mornings. Turns out, this is a good strategy for getting him prepped for when the clocks “fall back” early the morning of Sunday, November 4 (2 a.m.).

I talked to Angelique Millette, a family sleep consultant in San Francisco, and she said pushing baby’s bedtime about 10 minutes later each night for six days will get him used to going to bed an hour later. That’s perfect for the fall clock change.

Read more tips on getting your baby or toddler prepped and adjusted to the time change.

How do you plan to get baby used to the time change?

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