Easing the Transition from Summer to Fall: A Guide for Parents with Young Children

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We all talk about New Year's resolutions and transitioning to a new school year, but what about the transition from summer to fall? It’s not something we think too much about. But with time changes, new routines, different activities and weather adjustments - it can be a big change for littles – some of whom have never even experienced fall before! Keep reading for a guide to getting through the new season with as little stress and struggle as possible.

In This Post:

  • Dressing for cooler weather as the temperatures begin to drop

  • Putting away summer staples and embracing seasonal produce and warm meals

  • Changing things up with Autumn crafts and activities

  • Navigating a new sleep schedule with daylight savings time ending 

  • Adjusting chores and responsibilities for the new season


1. Update Your Child's Wardrobe for the Weather 

As we bid farewell to sunny days and beach trips and embrace the crisp air and changing leaves, it’s a good time to revamp your child’s wardrobe. Swap out lightweight summer attire for warmer options like sweaters, jackets, and cozy scarves. Proper layering is key to keeping your child comfortable as the weather fluctuates during the fall. And don’t forget to check the details. Their closed-toed fall shoes may fit differently than the flip flops they’ve been wearing all summer!


2. Embrace Seasonal Produce and Warm Meals 

Fall is the perfect time to introduce your child to the wonders of seasonal produce. Encourage them to try apples, pumpkins, squash, and other autumn favorites. These foods are not only delicious but also packed with essential vitamins and nutrients (important to consider when less sunlight means less vitamin D!) Embrace the opportunity to cook up warm and hearty meals together as a family. Soups, stews, and baked dishes can be nutritious and comforting during the cooler months.


3. Explore Autumn Crafts and Activities  

While summer may have revolved around trips to the park, autumn offers a whole new world of exciting activities for your little ones. Consider taking them apple picking, engaging in fall arts and crafts projects, or carving pumpkins. These activities not only provide opportunities for bonding but also allow your children to experience the unique joys of the season, from the crunch of fallen leaves to the scent of freshly baked apple pie.


4. Navigating Your Child's Sleep Schedule With Daylight Savings Time Ending

The end of daylight savings time can disrupt your child's sleep schedule. To help them adjust, gradually shift their bedtime by 15 minutes earlier each night leading up to the change. Ensure their room is conducive to sleep with cozy blankets and a comfortable mattress. A consistent bedtime routine can also ease the transition and help them maintain healthy sleep patterns.


5. Seasonal Responsibilities and Chores

If your child is old enough to assist with chores, consider switching up their responsibilities to align with the season. While they may have helped clean the pool during the summer, fall chores could include raking leaves, organizing winter gear, or planting bulbs for spring blooms. Involving children in these tasks not only teaches responsibility but also encourages them to connect with nature and the changing seasons.

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