Daylight Savings is coming to an end—every parent’s favorite time of the year, bringing sleep disruption and crankiness right along with it. Here are my top tips to make the transition as smooth and seamless as possible.

Ignore It on Night 1:

Your best bet on night one is to pretend DST doesn’t exist! Don’t set the clocks back yet, and put your little one to bed at the same time as always. It will make for an easier transition in the long run.

Set Clocks Back in the Morning:

Don’t worry too much if your little one wakes up ‘early’ because the time has changed. Get them up and go about your day as usual. Set your clocks back when you’re up for the day.

Split the Difference:

Once you’ve set the clock back, move naptimes and bedtime ahead by half an hour. If your little one’s bedtime was 7:00pm before DST, move it to 6:30pm. Do this for the first 4 days to help your child gradually adapt to the time change.

Back to your Regular Schedule:

On night 5, go back to your regularly-scheduled naptimes and bedtime. By now, your little one should be used to the time change, so it’s time to get back on track with your usual sleep routine.
Be Patient:

No matter how you prepare, chances are the first few days will be tough! Get ready for early wake-ups and nighttime crankiness as your body clocks adjust. Be patient and consistent. Chances are, you’ll adapt within a week.