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Sleep tips for preparing babies for Daylight Savings

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Daylight savings is a tough time for all, especially for babies, even the slightest shift in their sleep schedule can be a difficult adjustment.  

A time change of even only one hour can affect a child’s circadian rhythms (physical, mental and behavioural changes that generally follow a 24-hour cycle), and therefore their sleep schedule. Early mornings can lead to overtired babies and poor naps. 

JOHNSON’S® developed a clinically proven 3-step sleep routine to help you and your little one transition during daylight savings. JOHNSON’S® recognizes the importance of sleep for both you your little one.   

  • Step 1 – Warm Bath  

Bath time is the perfect way to start your baby’s pre-bed routine. JOHNSON’S® Bedtime Bath wash includes calming aromas, to help you soothe your baby before bed. Along with engaging your baby’s sense of smell, bath time encourages skin-to-skin contact, which can lead to improved physiological, cognitive, emotional and social development. 

  • Step 2 – Baby Massage 

A soothing massage is a wonderful way to make your baby feel secure, loved and ready for sleep. Use a lotion with a relaxing scent like JOHNSON’S® Bedtime Lotion. Massage can also help you recognize and respond to your baby’s body language and it’s a great way to make your little one feel safe and secure. In fact, research has shown that along with better sleep, there are many other significant health benefits to baby massage, including bonding with your baby. 

  • Step 3 – Quiet Time 

After giving your baby a warm bath and a relaxing massage, it’s time to send your baby off to sleep with a little quiet time together. Make sure you keep the atmosphere calm and cozy. If you choose to feed at this time, be sure not to feed your baby to sleep. Feeding could become something your baby expects, making it hard to change later. Instead, you can help your baby wind down further by reading or singing softly.