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Nanit’s Baby Sleep Guide to Spring Forward

Spring is here! Warmer weather and longer days are on the way, but with all the joys of spring come some woes, like adjusting your baby’s sleep schedule to daylight saving time. While the spring time change can be a struggle for some babies, we’re here to guide you through the transition to make it as easy as possible, so you and your family can continue to get restful nights! Read on for some of Nanit’s top tips and examples of how to prepare.

Tips For Adjusting Your Baby’s Schedule for Spring Forward:

Install Blackout Curtains and Blinds:

During spring forward, you may find that when you put your little one to bed in the evening, it’s still bright outside! Too much sunlight in your little one’s room can inhibit how restful their sleep is and make it harder for them to fall into a deep sleep during the time change. To help them adjust, try installing blackout curtains in your nursery to create the perfect sleep environment during the spring forward transition!

Use a White Noise Machine:

Our research has shown that babies who sleep with white noise machines get an average of 30 minutes more sleep per night than babies who don’t! Encourage a more restful and deep sleep by using white noise to help your baby during spring forward. This can be done by purchasing a white noise machine, playing white noise through a home speaker, or by using the white noise feature on the Nanit Plus camera!

Update Your Baby’s Schedule in Small Increments:

We gain a whole hour in the evening during spring forward, and making the sleep schedule adjustment in one fell swoop might be tough on your little one. To cut down on this, try adjusting your baby’s sleep schedule in 15- to 30-minute increments, starting the day before the time change and continuing until they’re all caught up to the new time! If you need additional help with your baby’s new sleep schedule, try using Nanit’s Sleep Schedule Generator.

Spring Forward Example Sleep Schedule

Whether your infant is on a one-, two- or three-nap schedule, you should adjust their nap times and bedtimes in increments to make this transition easier for the whole family! The table below gives you an idea of what times you should be putting your baby down for their naps throughout the day, assuming they are currently on a 7 am -7 pm sleep schedule.

We know that the time change that comes with daylight savings might be harder for some families than for others. The most important thing to remember is to not be too hard on yourself! Before you know it, you and your baby will have adjusted to the new time and get to enjoy spring to its fullest!  

Still need guidance? Use our Sleep Schedule Generator to create a customized schedule for your baby!

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