Daylight savings time ends November 6 in the United States and October 29 in Mexico.
This will be the last time that Mexico adjusts its clocks for DST.
If you heard that the United States voted to stay permanently on DST and are confused, you are not alone.
The United States Senate voted last March to have the USA be permanently on DST however, President Biden still has not voted on the measure and neither has the House of Representatives.
Even if it passes, though, it wouldn’t take effect for another year, until fall of 2023.
In the meantime, here’s how to manage the time change if you have young children.
The expression is “spring forward, fall back,” but that is confusing to many, myself included!
To clarify, when the clocks "fall back," it means that 2 am on Sunday is suddenly 1 am.
If you have a young child, I highly recommend making the transition a gradual one.
Starting a few days ahead of time, move your child’s schedule “back” a few minutes. So if she normally wakes up at 7 am, naps at 9 am and 1 pm, and goes to bed at 7 pm, get her up at 7:10 am, make her naps 9:10 am and 1:10 pm, and bedtime 7:10 pm.
You’ll also need to adjust meal time accordingly by moving those back 10 minutes also.
If you can make these changes gradually over a week, awesome. If you can only do it over 4 days, 15 minutes at a time, do that. And even if you can only spread it over two days versus one, that is still worthwhile. But the more sensitive your sleeper, the longer I suggest you take for the transition.
I suggest you grown-ups try to do the same or you will feel jetlagged for several days the following week. In case you have forgotten, it's a pretty miserable feeling. Which reminds me, it's time to start transitioning my kids and myself!
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Abby Wolfson is a pediatric nurse practitioner, certified child sleep consultant and certified life coach for parents. She divides her time between Brooklyn, NY and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.