The hard work parents have put into getting their kids on a sleep schedule is disrupted twice a year due to daylight saving time. It's fall, and soon daylight saving time will end, meaning you will have to "fall back" to normal hours. This requires you to set the clock back one hour and wonder how daylight saving time will affect your toddler's sleep this time around.
Kids change quickly, especially in the toddler years. The child who was a rock star sleeper during "spring forward" may completely fall apart when the clock turns back six months later. The opposite is true, as well, so it's important that parents plan ahead for any scenario that daylight saving time can throw their way. Thankfully, most sleep issues related to daylight saving time are only temporary.
Most people find the practice of changing the clocks antiquated and unnecessary. And even celeb moms like Jennifer Garner have publicly bemoaned the sleep-related consequences of DSL for parents, in particular. But until the laws are changed, our poor kids will have to try their best to go with the flow. Here are some ways the end of daylight saving time may affect your toddler's sleep this fall.