Don't fear the change of the clock, embrace it mama.
Daylight saving is coming for us once again, and as any seasoned parent knows, your child's sleep is about to get messed up (again) for a week or so. You could be in the lucky group of parents whose children are pro sleepers and don't even realize the clock changed, but since I'm not one of them, I've done all the research about what helps kids sleep better and longer for my own sanity.
The most important thing is creating a routine for your children so they know what to expect when bedtime rolls around. The routine can be anything that fits your family. Bath time? Yes, that helps children relax and also get a little bit more time for play, but with three under 3, bath time is not an everyday thing at our house (no judgment please). Story time? Absolutely. Even a quick book can get them in the mood for some sleep. There are other products, classics and new inventions that deserve a shout out because they have been so useful with my children in setting up a great sleep environment.
Here are my favorite products to prepare for daylight saving time:
These Tommee Tippee blackout shades are ideal to take with you wherever you go. Perfect for traveling or naps at the grandparents house, these will make any room pitch dark. I use them as we all adjust to time changes so we're not waking up when the sun's up an hour before we're used to.
Just like your favorite weighted blanket, this weighted sleep sack helps little ones sleep better by making them feel secured and hugged. It's a best seller for a reason, it works!
I've had a Dohm machine since forever for my toddler, but the new version is so much mightier than the original model. The sound is louder and easier to turn on and off thanks to the button being at the top (I can even do it with my foot!). This sound machine will keep unwanted noises from disturbing your kids, like birds chirping or your neighbor's loud car as they go off to work.
This roller comes filled with an oil blend of blend of herbs and flowers that smell delicious and can be introduced at bedtime as a cue for sleepy time. Plus, you can use it on yourself as well.
If you have kids sleeping in big kid beds, this Hatch light + sound machine is the perfect tool to teach them when it's time to get out of bed. Choose your family's wake up time and the unit illuminates to let kids know it's ok to leave their room. You can also control the color it glows via the app.
If your baby wakes up ahead of time and messes up your whole schedule, don't panic. You might need to embrace naps on the go, and for that, I swear by this 'LectroFan portable sound machine. It gets my twins to sleep in their stroller in literally seconds.
Pediatrician-tested, this bubble bath is enriched with gentle moisturizers leaving skin extra soft. Safe to use from 6 months and up, it will make any bath time more enjoyable for everyone.
Introduce a new friend to keep them company in bed. These Slumberkins loveys are my children's favorites. They are soft, durable and all come with a story to read, which is ideal for a routine. I seriously cannot recommend these enough.
If you haven't heard about Kyte Baby, you are missing out because OMG their PJs are so soft! They will make your babes feel totally comfortable and snuggly in time for rest.
Reserved only for big kids (babies should not sleep with anything in their cribs), this blanket is perfect to tuck them in, keep them warm, but also allow them to hug something as they drift away for the night. Made of 100% organic cotton, it comes with two chic shades of colors.
If in a pinch (or working with those naps on the go) this BABYBJORN travel crib is perfect for your babe to nap anywhere. I've put my babies in it inside our closet (hey, it's the darkest room in the house!) and they slept like the best babies they are.
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