💬"Ask Me Anything" about Daylight Savings: Fall Back And Your Baby’s Sleep with Dr. Natalie Barnett



  • Hi,

    I have a 7 month old who will only nap between 22-32 mins at a time. He is sleep trained and sleeps fine through the night, but during his naps he wakes himself up and even if we let him cry it out he won’t go back to sleep. How can we help him connect his cycles?

  • What do you suggest when you have 2 kids that have 2 different bedtimes. One who doesn't adapt well and one who does?

    My 7 month old adapts pretty well to changes in her sleep schedule, bedtime routine starts at 630pm, asleep by 7, wakes 1x at night to feed and is up between 530 and 630am. Naps are fluid so that will be easier to adapt too.

    My 4yr old is a huge struggle. Bedtime routine starts at 700pm, but she doesn't fall asleep till 9🤦‍♀️or sometime later. I think she just comes home with too much energy from school. She sleeps through the night but us up at 5am!!! I know she's not getting enough sleep but nothing seems to work as far as getting to to fall asleep sooner or longer.

    My husband and I tag team bedtime since I'm BF baby, so he gets the oldest ready for bed.

    Thank you, from this one worn out Mommy.

  • Hi, my 10 months old daughter still wakes up middle of the night to feed. I tried to wait for long time wishing that she would go back to sleep without having a milk (formula milk) but she refuses to sleep until she gets her milk. How can I stop that and make her sleep all night through?

  • Hello Dr. Natalie Barnett,

    My daughter is 29 months , her wake window 1 is averaging 5:36 hours and wake window 2 is averaging 5:58 hours.

    usually she’s going to sleep after this period of time, no matter what is the waking time in the morning.

    can we shift her schedule all in one time instead doing all the 2 day adjustment? Or it’s not recommended?

    any recommendations will be appreciated!

    thank you!


  • Hi. My son is 11 months old, 12 months on the 19th. He is already an early riser at around 5:15. Generally he will roll around and try to re-settle until around 6:00 am. I fear with the time change he will be up at 4:30 now but am not sure I can hold him off for 2 hours without him being super worked up. He goes down between 7-7:30 pm. Do you suggest that I let him fuss and cry until 6:30?

  • Our 15 month old is a really good sleeper. Bedtime is around 7:30-8 and she was waking around 8:30am but it has shifted to 7:30-8am these past few days. Now with the time change, I’m worried that she will be up even earlier. We have been pushing bedtime closer to 8, hoping to get her to bed by 8:30-9 on Saturday night before the time change. She only has one nap a day at 2:30, which we will try to extend as well. What else do you recommend we try to make sure the shift goes smoothly? What can we do if it does not work out and she starts waking earlier once the time change happens? Can we just keep her up later until she is back to her normal schedule? Thanks!

  • Hello Natalie,

    I have a 22 month old daughter who is on 1 nap. My husband or I put her down for bedtime 730pm. She wakes up talking to herself around 600am or 615am laughing and saying momma, Dada then more funny talk. No crying or screaming. Then, back to sleep. We wake her at 700am every morning. We transitioned to 1 nap around 4-6 weeks ago. Sometimes she will cry at 11pm or midnight for 5 minutes. I'm wondering if her wake time of 5 hours is too short. Should I get her up at 630am instead of 700am? I'm worried she will be tired. Now the time change....We really need suggestions! 🤗

    Thank you

  • Hi;

    I am planning to return to the US from Asia with my daughter when she turns 1 year old. It’s 15 hours time difference and a 12 hour flight. I know this question has nothing to do with daylight saving time change, but it is related to time zone change.

    Any advice will be appreciated. She currently has a perfect sleep schedule where she goes to sleep at 7pm and wakes up at 7am with no interruptions in between.


  • I have a 5.5 month old son. He goes to bed around 7:30-8, then wakes up intermittently throughout the night. Will be fully awake at 5:45-6:30. Then his next nap time will be in 2-3 hours. But his nap time varies from 2 hours to 20min. My question is: what do you suggest us to prepare him for daylight savings as well as how should we adjust his nap time to the new clock time

  • Hi, our daughter is about 5 to 6 weeks now,

    Before two weeks she cluster feeds between 10pm to 4am.

    After passing her birth weight we began feeding her more during the day. Which may have shifted her cluster feeding. Where is was pretty random for a week or two but now it's a more like 7pm to 10pm then she sleeps until 6am usually waking exactly once. After 7am she cluster feeds again from 8am to 10am. At this point we have trouble getting her to sleep some days she might not sleep a full hour again until late afternoons or night time. .

    How concerned should we be about getting her to sleep during the day time?

    Any recommendations if there is any concern?

    Additional details we breastfeed and provide pumped milk. She is drinking at least 100ml every hour during her feeding sprints

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