For the record, I’m *not* a fan of daylight savings. Because not only does it mess with my sleep, it also messes with my kids’ sleep. Which makes my sleep less, and we’re back to the “it messes with my sleep”. In any case, what do you do when daylight savings and an 11 month old sleep regression coincide?
You cry. A lot.
In any case, this is a throwback to a couple of years ago… back when my youngest boy was (you guessed it) 11 months old. He hit a regression. And then we hit daylight savings – and it was sadness everywhere because he was up every 2-3 hours (and so was I).
An 11 month old sleep regression affects the whole family
According to the Baby Sleep Site, an 11 month old sleep regression (sometimes it happens at 12 months) is related to your baby trying to con you into moving from two naps to one. Well, my baby boy, it didn’t work when your brothers tried it. And it won’t work when you try it. One nap isn’t enough for your cranky little body.
You done been caught, mister.
We’re sticking to two naps for now, thank you very much!
And Daylight Savings makes it 10 times worse
Not only have I been up more often, but my poor husband has been, too. After all, there’s only so much sleeping that goes on when your 11 month old decides to shriek at the top of his lungs at 2 AM. I’m just glad his brothers slept through it!
So what can you do to combat the evils of sleep regression? Well… adventures help. Exhausting adventures.
Over the last few days, I took the boys out on some intense adventures. We went hiking at a nature preserve. We went to the zoo for an epic four hour visit.
Why? To wear the kids out while having fun. You see, it’s the only way I’ve found to deal with Daylight Savings. The trick is to move their schedules by a few minutes each day over a week, rather than by a whole hour overnight.
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Daylight Savings is my nemesis
I grew up in a sane state that didn’t (and still doesn’t) practice Daylight Savings. Arizona has insane amounts of sunshine during the summer, which is probably why they don’t fall for the “but we’ll have more daylight during the day!” scam.
Seriously, people. If you want to get up or go to work earlier, go for it. Then you can have more daylight *after* work and the clock doesn’t have to have an identity crisis.
But when something messes with my kids’ sleep schedule, it throws everything off for a solid week. If I’m on top of things, it’s the week beforehand. If I don’t pay attention to the insanity known as Daylight Savings, it’ll be a horror week spent in recovery. And the clock just laughs maniacally at my painful lack of sleep…
Consistency is the only way to handle a sleep regression – or a time change
Like I said, we’re preparing for daylight savings by trying 2 things. First, we’re putting the kids to bed earlier by a few minutes each night. And second, we’re going on epic trips to wear them out so that they’ve got a chance at falling asleep at this new, earlier time. And it’s working. It’s wearing out my youngest boy, especially. Between the adventures, the inadequate naps (despite my best efforts), and long car rides (where that second nap is kinda-sorta happening), everyone’s getting worn out by dinnertime. In fact, my youngest son has been going to bed by 6 PM these last few nights.
I could totally join him.
But it’s working. And by having a consistent schedule, it’s also helping my boy’s 11 month old sleep regression. He’s worn out after an adventure – and so he falls asleep in his car seat. It’s by no means ideal, but it’s far better than the “no nap” alternative.
The only downside to this slow pre-preparation to Daylight Savings is that we’re between time zones – we’re working on our own timeframe until the official time change. So when I’m uncharacteristically late to things the week before Daylight Savings, remember that it’s for a good cause: it’s to help my kids sleep better and to *hopefully* get my baby out of this latest 11 month old sleep regression of doom.