As October draws to a close and with the nights drawing in, I am finally accepting that it is well and truly autumn and blue skies and long evenings in the garden are a thing of the past. One thing to look forward to this weekend, aside from Halloween is the extra hour in bed we’ll get when the clocks go back an hour on the 30th October – hopefully! But whilst us parents might be dreaming of a much overdue lie-in, my little ones and many others probably have other ideas and for some parents like myself, the very mention of the clocks changing brings visions of unsettled, sleep-deprived children – cue sobbing!
The lovely folks at LeapFrog have come up with five simple tricks for easing kids through the transition as seamlessly as possible, meaning that you might get that extra hour of blissful sleep after all! You are welcome.
Start delaying bedtime
It’s best to start easing little ones into their new routine a few weeks earlier so that they don’t even notice it. Gradually alter bedtime by around 10 minutes a few days beforehand so that their body clock slowly adjusts too.
Keep bedrooms dark
Keeping your child’s room as dark as possible is extremely advantageous to a good night’s sleep. However, if your little one is afraid of the dark, night lights can be very useful. Scout’s Goodnight Light is the perfect bedtime companion with glowing stars and soothing music, helping children drift off to sleep with ease.
Maintain a bedtime routine
Whilst you might adopt the 10 minutes earlier trick, it’s important to keep the routine the same. Changing into pyjamas, brushing teeth and bedtime stories should be kept in the same order, so that confusion is kept at a minimum.
Having some time to wind down before getting into bed helps to relax children for bedtime. Turn off the TV and any kid-friendly tablets at least an hour before bedtime and encourage some non-stressful activities with a milky, warm drink!
Praise, praise, praise!
As we all know, children thrive on praise! Reward them for making these simple changes and you never know, you may even get that extra hour on the 30th!
Good luck all – see you on the other side!
Written in collaboration with LeapFrog as I am one of their ambassadors