Imagine transitioning the sleep schedule of nine babies and 25 toddlers at the same time.
“They would be cranky. They would be upset,” laughs Tara Jors, the executive director of Regina’s First Years Learning Centre.
Fortunately for Jors, she won’t have to worry about it. She lives in Saskatchewan, which happens to be not only the land of the living skies but the land of zero time changes. Little kids there will keep their sleep routines while the rest of the country’s toddlers and babies will shift to accommodate the one hour fall back.
Sleep consultant and Mama Coach Carrie Bruno has some tips to ease the transition.
“The biggest thing I would suggest is don’t put your baby or your child to bed later on Saturday night in hopes that they’ll sleep in because that just won’t happen,” Bruno says. “Putting your baby to bed later actually makes them usually wake up earlier because they’re overtired.”
Bruno has two charts that outline ways to make the shift, whether that’s before or after the time change.
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