Bedtime?

Alexandria - posted on 09/07/2011 ( 20 moms have responded )

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What time do ur little ones go to bed. My son is 16 months old and he has always been going to be at about 8. But he does not sleep through the night and seems to be waking up for no reason. Lately he has seemed more tired so has been going to be earlier. So i have been keeping track of his sleeping schedule and it seems that if i get him to bed before 7:30 then he sleeps through the night .... but if he goes down after then he gets up. Apparently it is because he is getting overtired.
I work full time, am 27 weeks pregnant and have a 5 year old as well. My husband is away for work for 10 days at a time so its all up to me. By the time i get done work, pick the boys up, get home, make super, bath them and get them to bed - it is a struggle to get the little one to bed by 7:30. It also leaves me barley anytime wtih him after work. But i think it is the best thing for him to be in bed by 7:30 so i am going to continue to try my hardest to have him in bed by then.
Just curious what everyone else's nighttime schedules are like, thanks in advance!

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Katie - posted on 09/10/2011

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looks like you know exactly what's best for your kiddos!
i have three of my own,(5, 3, 17 months). i bathe them all together after dinner every-other night, and let the older two play in the bath while i get my youngest in bed asap (7:30ish) then go back, finish baths, and continue the bedtime routine for the other two. my house is set up where i'm comfortable leaving the older ones in the bath, i know that may not necessarily work in some houses.
my advice would be to "conquer" one kid at a time rather than trying to do two things at once, and even ten minutes of double-kidding it might be saved there! 7:30 is a completely normal time for kids that age to go to bed. if you're worried about quality time and he's not completely gross every day, maybe every-other night baths could help with that too?
keep on keepin on, sounds like you're a great mom! good luck with three, it's a blast! :)

Janine - posted on 09/09/2011

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My daughter is usually in bed at 6:30-7:00, but if I can get her to bed at 6:00 I do. She sleeps really well and only wakes at night when she is getting a tooth, even then she usually puts herself back to sleep pretty quickly. She generally wakes at about 8ish. I have always put both of my kids to bed early and they both sleep very well and have never gotten up early. I do count myself very lucky! :)

Also, my kids have a hot meal at daycare for lunch, along with fruit and vegies for morning and afternoon teas, so dinner is often egg on toast or toasted sandwich, something quick and easy so that I can still get them to bed on time. :)

Liz - posted on 09/07/2011

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Zoey is 16 mnths old. She goes to sleep at 7-730. She sleeps thru the night and seems well rested. She gets up at 7 am. She naps 12-130 or 2. If she sleeps more than 2 hr nap she's not tired till 8 pm which is to late for her. I know ur worried about not spending enough time with baby but it's best for him and it seems u need the quiet time. If u keep up later to spend time it sounds like it won't be the best quality time bc he's so tired. Ur doin the right thing. Don't worry. At least he wants to sleep. Alot of toddlers fight it and it doesn't make for a fun time

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Julie - posted on 06/13/2012

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My daughter doesn't go to sleep until 10-11 pm! I can't get her to sleep any other time. She won't take a nap until 3-4 pm and then if she doesn't get a nap she is overtired and doesn't liketo go to sleep. Ugh I wish I could get her on a better schedule!

Sylvia - posted on 01/21/2012

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My daughter is 21 months old and has been going to bed at 8pm unless she didnt nap that day then its 7:30pm. If she goes to bed before 7:30 then she wakes up every 2-3 hrs. When shes in bed by 8pm she sleeps till 9am so I get my alone time to myself in the morning as my husband is at work by the time Im up. She gets a bath every other night and then its off to bed at 8.

Amy - posted on 12/07/2011

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Wow, I really think I have a party child. I am lucky if I can get my 20 month in the bed by 10:00 at night. She sleeps good through the night and wakes up around 8am in the morning. I have to fight with her to take a nap and that will only happen around 4 in the evening.

Jodi - posted on 11/17/2011

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I know it probably leaves you less time to be with him than you would like, but if it is what is best for him...focus on that!

Jen - posted on 10/24/2011

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I'm with you Gianni - as I'm reading through this all, I'm feeling like our son goes to bed way too late. But he requires a lot less sleep...he's only ever slept about 8 or 9 hours at night. So bedtime for us is around 9ish and wake ups are usually 5am to 6am. He does take a 2 hour nap (sometimes 2.5 in the day)

Gianni - posted on 10/14/2011

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Wow, seems like I have the party child out of the bunch. lol. Elijah is 17months & I put him to bed by 9-9:30, if I put him to bed any earlier than that, he wakes up throughout the night.

Sharlene - posted on 10/07/2011

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Hi there sharlene i have 8yr old son that has austim and a 7yr old daughter there in bed by 7;30 if by daughter goes to bed any later she is over tired and cranky the next day there wake time is 6;30 try to get a reountine happening so that yur son is in bed by 7;30 probley have a blankie or a night lamb beside his bed

Kathleen - posted on 09/26/2011

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My 16 month old girl has been going to bed between 7 and 7:30 since she slept through the night. She is up between 6:30 and 7. My 3 year old is in bed between 8 and 9, depending on which parent is putting him to bed. :) I go for 8 because I have been with him all day. :)

Shelby - posted on 09/23/2011

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I also have a husband away for work (but only home one weekend every two months) so it is also up to me to get supper, bathtime, and everything done by myself. I have a 2 1/2 yr old and 17 month old and I put them both to bed at 8pm. I have to take them to daycare by 5 so I can go to work at 530am but on the weekends they sleep until 730 or 8am with no problem.

Hayley - posted on 09/14/2011

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keep up the good work :) I only work 2 1/2 days a week now and my partner is often home before me on my work days.My 17 month old son still has an afternoon nap so he's not really tired until 8ish.I used to be quite strict on myself about getting him in bed by 7pm but am trying to relax a bit there.As I'm not home till 6.30 and by the time we have had tea,cleaned up and put pjs on its well after 7.I think once he cuts out daytime naps he will probably be ready for bed by 7.I think you should not put so much pressure on yourself to have it all done by 7.30.If he wakes at night I don't know if it would be because he went to bed half an hour later.

Kelly - posted on 09/13/2011

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I have twin boys that are 16 months. If they are in bed any later than 7pm they wake up during the night too. But if they are in bed by 7 they go right to sleep and sleep till 7am. So I agree with u that later he us over tired. It must be hard working full time but I would stick to it. Soon he will be able to stay up later with u. Does he get a good nap in also? If mine don't then the worse they sleep at night too. I an 24 weeks pregnant and tired too. But I try my hardest to do supper baths and bed same time every night. Yr doing good. Keep it up

Kelly - posted on 09/13/2011

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I have twin boys that are 16 months. If they are in bed any later than 7pm they wake up during the night too. But if they are in bed by 7 they go right to sleep and sleep till 7am. So I agree with u that later he us over tired. It must be hard working full time but I would stick to it. Soon he will be able to stay up later with u. Does he get a good nap in also? If mine don't then the worse they sleep at night too. I an 24 weeks pregnant and tired too. But I try my hardest to do supper baths and bed same time every night. Yr doing good. Keep it up

Christine - posted on 09/13/2011

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My little one is exactly the same if he goes to bed after 7.30 he wakes up 2 or 3 times and really early in the morning but if i put him in bed at 7-7.30 he will sleep through and untill 7-7.30 in the morning. He is lazy though and will still have a 2-3 hour nap in the afternoon as well :-)

Shan - posted on 09/12/2011

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My daughter goes to bed at 8 pm, 8:30 if she is all hyped up to give her time to calm down

Jenny - posted on 09/11/2011

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I'm a mum to a 2 and half year old and a 16 month old lil girls. The 16 month old generally goes to bed around 6.30 -6.45 and the older one 6.45-7.00. They both have their evening meal at around 5 usually something simple ie sandwich or jacket potato and some fruit. 30mins of tv then bath,bottle & bed for younger one and story & bed for older girl. My 16 month old has a 2 hr nap during the day and sleeps till around 7.30-8am the following day.
It has been so hard though to get them into this good sleeping routine. But if she does get over tired we have screaming at bedtime for a good amount of time, so it sounds to me like you are doing the right thing putting your lo to bed that bit earlier. I agree with everyone else try and double up with ur kids, I do this all the time with my 2 as hubby's out working most of the time, simplify meals as best u can and just spending 5 mins with each of them alone as you put them to bed. Good luck and get some well deserved rest when you can before new baby arrives!

Autumn - posted on 09/10/2011

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My lil guy is 17 months & goes down anywhere from 7:45 to 8:30 pm. I usually don't have dinner done by 6 cause my husband gets home late off the oil fields. I try to have dinner started, & have a unwind time while dinner is cooking. I have found if I don't then I have a boy who won't go to sleep until late. I have to say I am a lucky first time mom because I stay at home, & he has been sleeping thru the night since day 1.
I would say don't change his schedule much or you will be in a bigger mess!

Lydia - posted on 09/07/2011

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7:30 is a totally normal bedtime for this age. maybe if you could prepare dinner ahead of time maybe on the weekends and just warm it up would give you a little extra time.

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