How to Help Baby Adjust to Daylight Savings

Written by: Laura Hunter, LPN & Jennifer Walker, RN, BSN



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On Sunday, March 10th, 2024, daylight saving resets, and we adjust our clocks forward one hour. How can we ensure that our little one’s entire schedule doesn’t get thrown off and that we thrive as we spring forward through Daylight Savings?

Hint: Adjusting baby to daylight savings is not as complicated as you think! Let’s break it down - your family will spring forward through daylight savings in no time.

How to Spring Forward Through Daylight Savings

First, let's make sure the basics are in place before we dive into how to help baby adjust to daylight savings.

  • Use Moms on Call’s famous Typical Day schedules (found in our books and courses) to help:
    • Develop and keep amazing sleep habits!
    • Promote proper digestion
    • Encourage appropriate development for your baby’s age by following their natural daily rhythms (for typical days and when we spring forward through daylight savings time)
    • Give you freedom (with flexibility)! Because let’s face it, in parenting, freedom is a planned endeavor. Flexibility is built in to help keep everyone on track when things inevitably don’t go as planned! 
  • Create an ideal sleep environment that is both effective and safe. The most essential elements are:

All of these foundational sleep practices will help your baby as we spring forward through daylight savings (and fall back in a few months!)

Next, follow these 5 simple steps to navigate daylight savings with a baby:

  1. Saturday night, March 9th, put your child to bed at the usual time to prepare to spring forward through daylight savings time.
  2. Before you go to sleep, adjust the clocks forward 1 hour. Analog clocks, microwaves, ovens, cars, and the coffee maker (this one is essential!) must be changed manually. Smartphones and computers will adjust automatically in the middle of the night - amazing how our technology just knows to spring forward through daylight savings.
  3. Sunday morning (March 10th), wake your little one according to the NEW time on the clock. Resist the urge to let them sleep in if you want to spring forward through daylight savings.
  4. Keep the rest of the day on your regular schedule, following the clock and not the baby’s cues.
  5. Be patient! Transitions typically take 3 days! And before you know it, both you and baby will be adjusted. You can do this, and they can too! The sooner they get used to the new time, the easier this spring forward through daylight savings time transition will be for everyone.

Remember, the best way to set our kids up for success is to focus on the things that we can control, like the sleep environment and the routine. They will figure the rest out as we help them spring forward through daylight savings.

For more tips on establishing great sleep habits, stress-free feeding, and so much more, check out Moms on Call’s resources , follow our blog and connect with us on social media! From feeding tips to sleep routines to spring forward through daylight savings tips, we've got parents covered. 

Co-Founders of Moms on Call

Laura Hunter, LPN and Jennifer Walker, RN, BSN

Co-Founders of Moms on Call, Pediatric Nurses and Moms to 8 kids between them, Laura Hunter and Jennifer Walker created Moms on Call to simplify parenting. Through their books, online courses, podcast and content, they help parents everywhere navigate the first four years with confidence and better sleep.

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