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Spring has almost sprung and once again daylight savings time is upon us.  Daylight savings time is this weekend – 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 14th to be exact. 

Some kids go with the flow when it comes to a time change. Others may take a few days.  Whatever the case, your child will quickly adjust to the time change.

UltimateMama has a few tips to help your child adjust to their new schedule:

– Routine, routine, routine!  Keep your nighttime routine the same (dinner, bath, brushing teeth, story, bed).

– When your child wakes up on Sunday morning try to keep to the schedule that you had before (for example, keep breakfast at 8 AM if that is your usual eating time).

– If your child doesn’t completely adjust to their new napping time, do not fret because they will within days.  If they are fifteen minutes or half an hour off their usual time that is completely normal.

– Keep your child busy during the day so they are a little extra tired for bedtime (and thus more cooperative!).

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Not only does Ultimate-Mama loves an evening routine but her children also look forward to it each night.  Having a consistent chain of events each night is comforting to kids who like to know what comes next.  Additionally, getting your kids to bed at the same time each night is good for their development and enables you to have a few hours to yourself. 

UltimateMama does not feel it is ever too early to start an evening routine.  As long as you keep all the events at approximately the same time each evening you are establishing a routine. An evening routine for babies, toddlers, children can consist of the following:

– 5 PM dinner

– 6 PM bath

– 6:30 PM lotion, pajamas, brushing teeth

– 6:45 PM bedtime stories and milk for babies (the book "Time for Bed" by Mem Fox is a wonderful evening story for kids)

Bed

– 6:55 PM last call for the potty

– 7 PM lights out!

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