Spring Forward for Daylight Savings 2021


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Spring Forward for Daylight Savings

Daylight Savings for 2021 is fast approaching! You will start to see darker morning and brighter evenings!


What a beautiful time of year here in Australia! Bring on the summer days and warm nights!


If you are part of a State or Territory in Australia which participates in Daylight Savings, this change occurs on Sunday 3rd October 2021 when the local standard time is about to reach 2am and the clocks are turned forward 1 hour and 2am becomes 3am local time instead.


This pending change in time can be difficult due to the unknown of how our children will adapt. The good news is though, if your child is early morning waking, then this change in time should naturally help your child move to a later sleep phase.


Many families choose to do nothing with their child's sleep phase. Families embrace the later sleep windows and happily fall into a 8-8 routine. The brighter evenings and later sunsets provide children with more outside activity opportunities before bed which can really help with settling at bedtime. And the bonus is that children wake later, so a sleep in is granted for those parents! It's win-win!


However, if you wish to keep your child on their usual routine and need some guidance to prepare for and navigate the change, there are a few ways we can help our children adjust to the shift in time.


In many cases, an immediate switch is the most simple because you don’t need to do any preparation or gradual adjustments. You can just start your usual routine that very Sunday and manage a possible few rough days whilst your child adapts to the time change.


If you’re a planner and like to have sleep disrupted as minimal as possible, you may wish to use a gradual approach and be proactive or reactive.


A proactive approach is implemented nearly two weeks before daylight savings begins and you move your schedule forward by 15 minutes every few days until you have moved an hour over a near two week period.

A reactive approach is implemented on the Sunday when the daylight savings change occurs.

With this approach, you move your schedule by 15 minutes every few days until you reach your new schedule.


So, you want a step-by-step plan on how to do the switch? Well, here you go!


The below routines are based on a 7am-7pm schedule however, you can adjust the strategy to suit your child’s schedule.

PROACTIVE - Starting 23 September 2021


Friday, Saturday, Sunday: wake at 6.45am – food and naps 15 minutes earlier than usual – bedtime 6.45pm


Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: wake at 6.30am – food and naps 30 minutes earlier than usual – bedtime 6.30pm


Thursday, Friday, Saturday: wake at 6.15am – food and naps 45 minutes earlier than usual – bedtime 6.15pm

Sunday – back to a 7am-7pm schedule

REACTIVE - Starting 3 October 2021


Sunday, Monday, Tuesday: wake at 7.45am – food and naps 45 minutes earlier than usual – bedtime 7.45pm


Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: wake at 7.30am – food and naps 30 minutes earlier than usual – bedtime 7.30pm


Saturday, Sunday, Monday: wake at 7.15am – food and naps 15 minutes earlier than usual – bedtime 7.15am


Tuesday: Back to a 7am-7pm schedule

I hope this strategy makes the transition much more manageable for you.


If you do need some one on one help to get your child's sleep on track, then please contact me directly.

Shereen Nielsen


My name is Shereen Nielsen and I am a certified infant and child sleep coach and Birth and Postpartum Doula. I am also a lecturer and mentor for students on their journey towards becoming a Sleep Consultant, through my on-line internationally recognised sleep consultants course.


If you would like more information about my services please contact me:


Phone: +61419820474

Email: shereen@maternalnurtures.com

Website: www.maternalnurtures.com

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