Saturday, October 22, 2011

Mama Loves: Time Change

Welcome to another week of Mama Loves! So glad that you've stopped by!

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Maybe you've found:
  • a toy or book that captivates your child(ren)
  • gear you just can't live without
  • a recipe your choosy toddler gobbles down
  • a parenting book that you've found perspective changing
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  • an outfit that flatters your post-baby body and makes you feel fabulous
  • or anything else you're loving--creativity welcome!
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Do you just have no idea what gear to buy sometimes? Here are a few fantastic ideas for mama, babies and toddlers:
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Okay, so I don't really love the time change. Gone are the days of getting an extra hour of sleep on Sunday morning.

Our babes just don't get that yet.

They will.

Soon enough they'll be rallying to extend their curfew an extra hour, because of the time change. And we will say no, and hold the fact that "they used to wake us up at 5:30 AM after the time change" over their heads, and it will be a glorious victory.

One day.

So, when the girls were six months old, in sheer desperation for some much needed sleep, we went to a sleep specialist. She is also known around my husband's office as The Baby Whisperer.

She gave us a huge packet of information about every aspect of a child's sleep. Seriously--she thought of everything, and every six months or so, I remember to be thankful to The Baby Whisperer.

Why?

She gave us one page paper on time changes.

But, I told you The Baby Whisperer thought of everything. She sure did.

So, until mamas can unite and rally for them (whoever them is) to just move the time 30 minutes and keep it permanent, maybe her wisdom will help you too:
Although the time change officially takes place on a Saturday night, for the child, it actually begins the next evening on Sunday. The parent should stick with the "old time" all day Sunday for the child's nap. Then on Sunday evening, the parent should move to the "new time" essentially making the child stay up an hour past the usual bedtime. The parent must continue putting the child down at night at normal bedtime for the child to make the adjustment to sleeping in till their usual time. Most children continue waking early for several days, then intermittently for several days. After about 10-14 days most children are back on schedule if the parent is consistent. It will take longer to adjust if the parents intermittently put the child down early.
*Disclaimer. I am not a sleep specialist, and I don't play one on TV. I'm just very grateful to The Baby Whisperer, and thought I'd pass this along. I'll say this: we've followed her recommendations, and each time our girls have adjusted within a couple of days. Painlessly.

Can't wait to see what you're loving this week!


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5 comments:

Craig said...

Info passed along – and passed along successfully. I'm not a mama, and I don't have children, and I've never been married – but reading moms like you – the theology I get – the practical heart that I get – I grow every single time. People must wonder why this never married, never had children, guy blogs in "mommy blog" territory – it's because of this – it's because I'm smiling right now – it's because of the tenderness of the words – it's because of the love of moms – it's because my heart gets to grow – even over a simple thing like time change. Sleep hasn't been normal for me for 15 years it has stolen so much from me – it's a thorn in my side – but it keeps me humble – and the little thing you wrote – meant for kids – I use it for me. Thank you Julia – thank you. And God bless and keep you and each and every one of yours.

MandyE (Twin Trials and Triumphs) said...

This is great information, Julia! Thanks again...I'm planning to share it with my MoMs group this coming week. :)

championm2000 said...

She really did think of everything, didn't she?? Great info and very timely (no pun intended)!

Once Upon A Time said...

So I am almost a week late, but I finally got time to link up today! Thanks for the time change info, too!

hsquaredblog said...

Oh, thank you! I was starting to panic wondering about what I would do tomorrow!