Starting Daylight Savings

There is nothing more frustrating as a parent than when you finally managed to get your child into a great sleeping routine, waking at a respectable 7am to suddenly find that due to daylight savings your child's wake time suddenly becomes 6am! This certainly grows thin very quickly!

When daylight savings is starting, it pays to gradually accustom your baby into the new times over the few days before the change. As with anything, babies respond best to gradual changes, and you may find it takes up to a week before they settle right into the new times for feeding and sleeping.

Begin on the Thursday before daylight savings finishes, so that you can gradually move their feeds and sleeps by 15 mins a day rather than the whole hour at once.

On the Thursday morning have the first morning milk earlier by 15 mins from when they would usually have it, and carry on with leaving everything 15 mins earlier  (feeds and sleeps) for the whole day (Thursday).

On Friday you would move everything earlier by half an hour so the morning milk feed would be 6.30am.

On Saturday you would try to move everything earlier by 45 mins, so if your baby usually has his milk at 7am, you would try and give it as close to 6.45am as possible.

This way by Sunday morning, your baby will already be almost at the new times, and they only have another 15 mins to adjust by, instead of a whole hour.

For some babies, even the 15 minutes extra stretch can prove difficult, for these babies, the whole process may just take a few days longer and you could adjust their routine by 10 mins a day instead.


  • Wednesday - Usual sleep & feed times - Bedtime 7.00pm

  • Thursday -Sleep & feed times 15 mins earlier, e.g first feed at  6.45 am. Bedtime 6.45pm

  • Friday - Sleep & feed times 30 mins earlier, e.g first feed at 6.30am. Bedtime 6.30pm

  • Saturday - Sleep & feed times 45 mins earlier, e.g first feed at 6.15 am. Bedtime 6.15pm

  • Sunday - Wake your child at 7am (new time), then back to your usual routine for sleeps & feeds Bedtime 7.00pm (new time)