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Daylight Savings! 'Fall Back' like a pro

It’s that time of year again. The leaves are changing, it's getting colder outside, Daylight Savings is ending and it’s time to ‘Fall Back’. When we switch the clock one hour back in a few weeks, many will be gaining an hour of sleep but for those of us with small children, our nights are going to feel shorter as we start the day very early. To refresh your memory, when the clock gets turned back one hour on Sunday, November 5, your child will probably wake up at his regular time of 7 am but the clock will say 6 am. Most kids adjust relatively quickly to the change but for those who are extra sensitive or were waking a little too early already, you may find yourself starting the day before

How much should your child be sleeping?

I get asked a lot about how much a baby needs to sleep or when a toddler is ready to switch to one nap a day or drop the nap entirely. Each child is different and has his or her own unique sleep needs but there is definitely an average and most kids don’t stray too far from what’s typical for their ages. Here’s a useful chart to see what the average sleep needs are for young kids. Take a look and see how it compares to what you're doing at home. If your child falls somewhere in the average, that’s great. If not, and he seems tired and cranky, it might be time to work towards better sleep skills, as a family. As always, wishing us all a good nights sleep! Average Sleep Needs by Age: Age N

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