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Daylight Savings Ending- What Does It Mean?

Daylight savings happens twice a year in Australia. Once when the clocks go forward and once when the clocks go back.


If we didn’t have daylight savings the sun would rise at 4:30am in summer (eek) and 7am in winter. As inconvenient as it sounds, your baby’s sleep won’t be affected if you start planning for the changes a week early.


You have 6 days to move your baby’s schedule an hour forward. Moving time back and forward confusing you?


I like to think of it as having to pay an hour for the approaching lovely summer weather, then getting the hour back before the weather becomes unfavourable (this theory doesn’t work well for you crazy winter-lovers).


At 3am on Sunday the 3rd of April, the clock will go back to 2am- buying you an extra hour of sleep. The annoying part is, your child doesn’t get this memo! They will still be up at their usual time which is now 5 or 6 instead of 6 or 7.


So starting today, Monday, you can push the whole schedule ahead by 10 minutes each day. All naps and bedtime will be 10 minutes later than usual. Despite your best attempts the body clock of your little one is probably pretty set in their usual wake time. Persevere. Keep them in their dark room for X amount extra (whatever day you’re up to) and get them out in sunlight as late as possible.


Good luck!



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