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Parents share their secrets to survive daylight savings with kids: 'A game-changer'

By Naomi White|

I? hate to be the bearer of bad news, but if you've forgotten/blocked this reality out, may I remind you that daylight savings time is nigh.

This Sunday, come 2am, those of us with children will not only miss an hour of sleep, our children will still be there reminding us what a unique form of torture this time of year brings. Extra points if you have a baby and a sleep routine to follow. ?

But thanks to one dad's ingenious hack, this could be the year we enjoy a painless adjustment.

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Sydney dad Stuart swears by this ingenious hack to help survive daylight savings. (Supplied)

"Before we had children daylight savings used to be a weird quirk of the year - 'Oh look, it's lighter in the mornings!'. Now, it's a Mission Impossible-esque operation that involves foiling the daily movement of the sun," Stuart, from Sydney told 9Honey Parenting.

"A game-changer for us was finding these stick-on blinds that you can buy at IKEA and a few other stores for $15. They're basically like blackout blinds that can fold away when you're not using them."

"When daylight savings kicks in, we wake up bub at his "normal" time even if we've lost an hour. We then just let him make it up across day sleeps or go to bed a little earlier that night."

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Spare a thought for your friends with babies, who this is particularly brutal on. (Getty)

It's not the only hack. ?9Honey Parenting asked real parents for their top tips for adjusting (surviving) the change:

  • Just ignore it. "Honestly, my best advice? Ignore it. I've got two wild boys, now aged five and seven, and I'm just going to keep chugging along, hoping they do the same! Make the switch. Boom. They'll be right," advised one mum.
  • Expect a crappy morning. "Every parent crosses their fingers that their kids will sleep in, but it never happens. Don't get your hopes up," cautioned another mum.
  • White noise. If you're not using this already, now could be the time to start. "The extra daylight brings extra noise as people make the most of their evenings outdoors, help block this out with some soothing white noise as they drop off to sleep," suggested another.?

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Steel yourself, you could be in for a *long* day. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
  • Give it time. "Give it at least a week before expecting babies and toddlers to adjust to the change," one said.
  • Have wine at the ready: "The only thing I realised after trying to control it was that it'll be harder if you stress about it and you need to go with the flow," one mum said. "I drank wine, remembered the cuteness of the kid and let it happen as it was going to anyway."
  • Make small changes: Although this one is supposed to be done slowly across the week before the change, it can't hurt to try it after the fact. "My friend said bring bedtime forward by 10 minutes each day," a mum shared.

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Get outside and make the most of the extra daylight hours. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
  • Consider a seachange: "Move to Queensland," one dad half-joked.?

?If none of these work, focus on the positives. Make the most of the extra daylight to do things after school/work and head to the beach for a dip, or for an early dinner picnic.

There are also extra opportunities to fit in more driving practice for teenagers who, it turns out, may also be easier to wake up now the clocks read later. ?

And put a reminder in the calendar for late March to get organised about adjusting early for it to end in April. ?Or not.

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