Baby Time: Hours to go till Sleep

Time change is a hard time on everyone in the family including your baby. Babies have a great sense of personal time keeping and they don’t care what your clock says. So if you’ve got a baby that’s more than a bit upset at the latest change in events since most of our U.S. clocks rolled forward, then here’s a few suggestions to help them out now and help you out later.

If your baby typically went down for the night around 8 p.m. every evening, they are likely not going to sleep at 9. They are probably sleeping a little later and that may throw your whole schedule out of whack.

You can help them out by graduating their waking, napping and sleep times back in fifteen-minute increments. Do this for three to five days and once they are settled at the new time, drop them back another fifteen minutes. You can do this anytime you want to adjust their sleep time.

While this method may take you a while to get your baby settled down right now, knowing this now can help you out come next October when time changes again. It’s also a useful trick to help reacclimatize baby after a trip when traveling times can distort their time perception. What do you do to help get your baby back on schedule?

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About Heather Long

Heather Long is 35 years old and currently lives in Wylie, Texas. She has been a freelance writer for six years. Her husband and she met while working together at America Online over ten years ago. They have a beautiful daughter who just turned five years old. She is learning to read and preparing for kindergarten in the fall. An author of more than 300 articles and 500+ web copy pieces, Heather has also written three books as a ghostwriter. Empty Canoe Publishing accepted a novel of her own. A former horse breeder, Heather used to get most of her exercise outside. In late 2004, early 2005 Heather started studying fitness full time in order to get herself back into shape. Heather worked with a personal trainer for six months and works out regularly. She enjoys shaking up her routine and checking out new exercises. Her current favorites are the treadmill (she walks up to 90 minutes daily) and doing yoga for stretching. She also performs strength training two to three times a week. Her goals include performing in a marathon such as the Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness or Team in Training for Lymphoma research. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience through the fitness and marriage blogs.