The end of daylight savings time is coming up in Spain on the 30th October. This time change causes most children to wake earlier than usual, which then affects naps and bedtime. This can turn into a week of poor sleep and overtired children which is why I have prepared some tips do help you survive it.

My advice is to “plan ahead.”

For “Fall Back,” (changing the clocks an hour back in Fall/Autumn) 

I suggest starting around a week before the change by adjusting your babies sleep schedule little by little. Move the wake up time, naps and bedtime by 10-15 mins every couple of days.

If your baby normally wakes up at 7 for the day try leaving her until 715 for a few days etc. Then when the clocks go back she should still be waking up around 7am.

Adjust everything else in her schedule the same way. Then the hour difference won´t affect things so much.

If you haven´t had time to plan ahead and the clocks have already changed I really suggest putting your child to bed earlier for a week after the change.

If your child usually goes to bed at 7 p.m. I recommend putting them to bed at 6:30 p.m. for the first three days following the time change. (This will FEEL like 7:30 to your child.) It will take about a week for your child’s body to get used to this. It takes everybody’s body roughly one week to adjust any kind of change in sleeping habits.

If you have children over the age of two, you can put a digital clock in the room and put a piece of tape over the minutes, so that they can see if it is 6 o’clock or 7 o’clock, but they cannot see the minutes, which often confuses toddlers. Just set the clock forward half an hour so that at 6:30 it says 7:00 and let them get up a little earlier than normal, knowing that, by the end of the week, they will be back on track and sleep until their normal wakeup time.

If you are dealing with a baby, you cannot do that. Do not rush in as soon as you hear your baby waking up, because you do not want to send a message that getting up at 6 a.m. is okay now. So if she normally wakes at 7:00, but is now up at 6:00, you will wait ten minutes the first day, and then twenty after the next, then 6:30 the next day and, by the end of the week, your baby’s schedule should be adjusted to the new time and waking up at their usual hour.