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Clocks going forward

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CeriWyn Mon 08-Apr-13 11:41:58

I really regret not preparing my DD for the clocks going forward. This seems to have really ruined her routine. She had only just started settling well at night the week before. Since the clocks went forward she has been taking over an hour to settle in her cot. We stay with her until she sleeps as part of our sleep training.
Last night we put her to bed at 8pm instead of 7pm to try. She did settle to sleep much quicker and was asleep in about 10 minutes. Is this a good idea? She did wake during the night and didn't go back for about 2 hours, I think this may be due to teething.
Any help would be much appreciated.

blushingmare Mon 08-Apr-13 14:27:30

Not sure if I can be much help, but just to say I've had the same problem with my dd. it's also coincided with teething, so it might be a coincidence, but I'm sure it's the clocks too. She's just got back to normal - yesterday was the first night since the clocks change that she went to bed at 7 without problems and slept a normal night. This is what I've done:
- gradually moved her bedtime back from 8pm to 7pm - moved it 10 mins earlier each night
- covered her cot with a blanket to make it dark (stayed with her til asleep and then removed blanket as was worried about it falling off and smothering her!)
- for the first time ever tried to "manage" her daytime sleeps a bit more, so putting her down at the same time each day and waking her up from her morning nap if she goes over an hour. This really goes against the grain as I've always been pretty routine free with her, but I think it has helped reset her body clock a bit.


CeriWyn Tue 09-Apr-13 13:46:18

Hi Blushingmare
Thank you for your reply.
I put DD to bed at 8pm last night. She was asleep after about 10 minutes. However she did wake at about 1:15am and didn't go back to sleep until 3am - not good when you've got work the next day!! But she did go back to sleep in her cot herself, the previous evening she came to bed with us, my partner was not impressed by this!! I'm putting the night waking down to teething as she seems to be chewing everything and even bit my partner the other night!
So the plan for tonight is to put her down at 7:50, fingers crossed for a good night!
Ceri :-)

blushingmare Fri 12-Apr-13 19:58:38

How's it going? I thought Is cracked it as had a few good evenings, but now the problem is back again and worse than ever! Don't think it can be the clocks still now!

MandragoraWurzelstock Fri 12-Apr-13 20:03:09

Hiya - still having issues here with my older ones. Ds2 slept all afternoon yesterday (he's 5) and went to sleep at 10pm finally - ds1 at 11! argh.

No advice I'm afraid but at least we're not alone.

newmummyof1 Fri 12-Apr-13 20:09:08

I'm glad i'm not the only one, i had my 4 month old dd in a routine a week before the clock change at 7pm every night was bliss!! i have tried the whole back an hour but no success now its a struggle to even get her settled she just screams, i dont like the whole cc and shes still to little to do it she will only settle on the sofa (supervised obviously) she wont go in her cot so shes in my bed! please can someone help im at my wits end and have no clue sad

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