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Friday, 17 October 2014

How to prepare children for when the clocks go back

The nights are getting longer and at 2am on October 26th the clocks will be going back, This extra hour can often affect the delicate sleeping patterns of pre-school children and for many parents this will mean that rather than enjoying an extra hour in bed, they will be woken up by children getting up even earlier than normal. I still remember 4 am wake ups after the clocks going back with my eldest son!

Putting children to bed can be hard enough without the complication of having the clocks change twice a year. Children often don’t understand why it gets light earlier in the morning and why they have to go to bed at a different time.  It can all become very confusing!

This video discusses bedtime routine research findings, conducted on behalf of In the Night Garden. Sleep expert and founder of Millpond Children’s Sleep Clinic, Mandy Gurney talks about the importance of wind down time and bedtime routines and the simple changes you can implement in the run up to the clocks changing so your children can be prepared. 


           


1 comment:

  1. It is perfectly understandable that children can get a bit confused when the clocks go back and it is still relatively dark when they have to get up for school. It is good to know that people like Mandy Gurney can discuss this issue so children can fully understand what is going on. xxxx

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