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Fall Back with Ease: Avoid Getting 'Spooked' by Sleep Deprivation

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Carved pumpkins

Clocks Going Back: Helping Your Child Adjust with Expert Tips from The Nurture Consultant.

Introduction: Daylight Saving Time, a practice established in the UK since 1916, marks a biannual shift in our clocks, affecting sleep routines and daily schedules. As we approach the annual 'Fall back' event when the clocks are set back one hour, it's essential to prepare your little ones for a smooth transition. The Nurture Consultant has helped up put together some helpful advice and practical tips to help your child adjust seamlessly to the changing time.

1. Relax and Be a Role Model: Your child often mirrors your feelings and behaviour. So, as the clock change approaches, take a deep breath and relax. Try not to overthink it – your calm demeanour will reassure your child and make the adjustment easier for them.

2. Embrace Normalcy: You can opt for a 'do nothing' approach. Maintain your regular daily routine, and over time, your child will naturally adapt to the time change. Be prepared for a potential bedtime struggle as your child may become either overtired or under tired, depending on which way the clocks have gone. If you encounter difficulties, feel free to reach out for additional tips and guidance from The Nurture Consultant.

3. Gradual Adjustment: Alternatively, you can ease the transition by gradually splitting the difference between the 'new' time and the 'old' time for the first few days. This minimises disruption to your daily routine and reduces potential bedtime struggles.

4. Do What Works for Your Family: Every family is unique, and what works best for one may not be suitable for another. Follow a routine that suits you and your child best to ensure a smooth adjustment.

5. Listen to Tired Signals: Pay attention to your child's cues, (rubbing of eyes, change in mood) especially when they are tired. Respond accordingly to ensure they get the rest they need during the transition.

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Tired baby

6. Ensure a Dark Sleep Environment: A dark room is crucial for quality sleep. Make sure your child's sleeping area is sufficiently dark both at bedtime and upon waking. If you're not already using blackout blinds, consider adding them to create an ideal sleeping environment.

7. Be Patient and Flexible: Remember, it takes time to adapt to change. Be patient with your child during this transition, and be flexible with your expectations.

8. Maintain a Consistent Response: If your child experiences challenges during the adjustment, have a consistent response ready. Avoid ingraining habits that you may need to address in the future.

Conclusion: As the clocks go back and 'Fall back' approaches, helping your child adjust to the time change is essential for a peaceful transition. The Nurture Consultant can provide expert guidance and support during this period.

Remember, each child is unique, so tailor your approach to what works best for your family. With patience, consistency, and expert advice, you can ensure a smooth and stress-free transition for your little ones.

If you are seeking assistance, please don't hesitate to reach out to us: www.absolutechildcare

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