Pre kids, that extra hour of bed took the sting out of the clocks going back, and the prospect of never-ending darkness.
Sadly, though, young children don’t understand about time – or give a toss about lie-ins – so unless you are really lucky that extra hour beneath the duvet is just not going to happen.
There are a few tricks that might be worth trying though… the following have been put together by the people at LeapFrog, who have also given us TWO Scout’s Goodnight Lights to give away in a competition.
The lights, rrp £9.99, project stars and moons onto the child’s bedroom and play music to soothe them to sleep.
- Start delaying bedtime
It’s best to start easing little ones into their new routine a few weeks earlier so that they don’t even notice it. Gradually alter bedtime by around 10 minutes a few days beforehand so that their body clock slowly adjusts too.
- Keep bedrooms dark
Keeping your child’s room as dark as possible is extremely advantageous to a good night’s sleep. However, if your little one is afraid of the dark, night lights can be very useful. Scout’s Goodnight Light is the perfect bedtime companion with glowing stars and soothing music, helping children drift off to sleep with ease.
- Maintain a bedtime routine
Whilst you might adopt the 10 minutes earlier trick, it’s important to keep the routine the same. Changing into pyjamas, brushing teeth and bedtime stories should be kept in the same order, so that confusion is kept at a minimum.
- Relaxation time
Having some time to wind down before getting into bed helps to relax children for bedtime. Turn off the TV and any kid-friendly tablets at least an hour before bedtime and encourage some non-stressful activities with a milky, warm drink!
- Praise, praise, praise!
As we all know, children thrive on praise! Reward them for making these simple changes and you never know, you may even get that extra hour on the 30th!