Daylight Savings Time Causing Problems

Updated on March 18, 2010
C.L. asks from San Francisco, CA
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i wonder if anyone is experiencing any problems with the daylight savings time. here's my problem...

my son is now waking up at around 7:30am. before it used to be 6:30am. i can see how he can be confused. however, when it comes to his nap time, i'm trying to stick to the 11am nap. unfortunately he didn't take a nap at all yesterday. should i move the nap to either noon or maybe later? or should i just stick with the 11am nap and just hope he'll finally adjust. he is now 18 months old and is it time to move the nap to a later time? before the time change, nap time was hard. he wouldn't sleep right away, it would take some time so i'm just curious if i'm starting too early. any suggestions??

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So What Happened?

well, he has now gone back to waking up anywhere between 6 or 6:30am so now my problem is his nap. he won't nap at 11am, noon or even 1pm. so now there are days he doesn't nap at all. that's my next question to post. wish me luck!

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answers from San Francisco on

Hi C.,
Every year we have handled daylight savings over the course of at least four days. Each day, we move our son's bedtime 15 minutes earlier. When he was still napping, we did the same thing with his naps. We would wake him in the morning 15 minutes earlier than when he usually woke up if he did not do so on his own. Then, the next day (or two days later) move everything by another 15 minutes, and then repeat this the next day or in two days, and then again until you've made the full hour change. I actually adjust to daylight savings the same way myself! It's much easier to handle in 15 minute increments. Hope this helps!

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answers from San Francisco on

I'm having the same situation with my son, however I'm loving it! I don't have to get up at the crack of dawn with him anymore! His naps are later... instead of 9 am and 1pm they are 10am and 2pm. I'm a stay at home mom so I just roll with it. It's actually better all around for me though. If you want him to stick to the same earlier schedule you will have to start waking him up at 6:30am in order to accomplish it.

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answers from Portland on

I just wrote an article about this! I absolutely despise DST, and me and my kids struggle with it every year! If anyone wants to start a petition, I'll gladly sign it!



answers from San Francisco on

I don't have a chance to read all the responses, so if this is a double, I'm sorry!
What we did with out 20 month daughter is woke her up early. We like her to go to bed between 6:30 and 7:30 and then up at 7:30 (although before the time change she was waking up at 6:55). So yesterday we woke her up at 7:30, since she slept until 7:55 on Sunday. Then her nap fell right into place and so did her bed time. She woke up between 7 and 7:30 this morning.
Best of luck!



answers from San Francisco on

I agree with the mommies - you either go with the flow or you need to adjust him in 15 min increments. With 18 months it might be a bit early trying to put him down for a nap at 11AM anyways though. It really depends on the child and what he or she does during the day. (and if he or she had a good night sleep) If he goes and plays outside a lot and therefore has a lot of exercise - he might be ready at 11AM. My son shows definite signs of tiredness when he is with me - and I go with the flow and put him down for a nap accordingly - in any case it only various by 30 to 60 minutes depending on his level of activity. Some moms and dads might say that interferes with a child's routine and they might be right.
oh by the way: naps come and go for most of my mommy friends, too. The tots become older and more enduring and stronger. Most of them try different strategies when naps become difficult such as tiring them out more, putting them down later etc. Usually all tots show their mommies soon what they need. That has always been true for my son.

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