What is a good bedtime for a 5 year old?

Mandy - posted on 06/15/2010 ( 12 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 5 years old and she needs a good time for bedtime - What method should I use to get her to settle down and what time would be apprioate for a child that wakes up at 6:45 each morning for school or daycare?

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Christy - posted on 08/07/2010

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My 4 year old and 3 year old go to bed at 11pm and wake at 8am. Even after being outside almost the full day swimming, walking, playing sports, etc. they go to bed late. Neither of them nap in the day and they are pleasant all day. I guess I have two night owls.

Angel - posted on 09/04/2010

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I have 5 children ages 11,8,twins 5 and a 3 year old, all of them go to bed at 8o'clock. I let them read a book of their chose til 8:15 while laying in their beds. Then lights out (no bright lights just lamps anyway) they are most always asleep by 8:30.

Jocelyn - posted on 08/27/2010

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since it is summer i let my son stay up till 8:30 during the week and 9 on the weekends but when school is in he goes at 7:30 so he can get up earlier. once you have a pattern everyday they will sometimes put themselfs to bed.............sometimes lol

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Simon - posted on 08/10/2012

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I need help. How do i till a 38 year old woman with a sleeping disorder that has a 4 and 5 year old that her kids need to be in bad by 8pm and not at 3 or 4 am. and that its been destroying our relationship. and i dont wont to hear that because i have no kids thats the way it is.

Ronda - posted on 06/01/2012

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I put my 5 yr old down at 8:30 on school nights. I usually do dinner, bath, book and then bed! I started that when she was born though so she is used to going bed at 8:30. I let her stay up later if she doesn't have anything to do the next day. My daughter gets up between 6:30 and 7 if not later. Just tart about 3 weeks before school and she should have it down quickly. Paige has been in school since she was 3 so she is used to the routine.

Donna - posted on 09/18/2010

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A good bedtime for my 5 year old is 8:30. Sending her to bed then makes a big difference in how her school days go.

Michelle - posted on 09/01/2010

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I agree with Heather. She has the same routine I do. I feel it works pretty good.

Dawn - posted on 07/24/2010

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Hi my daughter almost 5 and son almost 2 both August birthdays go to bed at the same time. Our routine is:at about 6pm i give them 2 biscuits for supper and Grace has a small cup of milk (Aiden has his when he goes to bed) we then take them upstairs for thier bath and then they get dressed then Aiden has his milk and goes to bed and Grace has her hair dried has a story a lullaby and goes to sleep they are usually both awake by 7am and Aiden has a 11/2-2hrs sleep during day too.

Hope this helps you find a good bedtime for your 5 year old!

Dawn

Heather - posted on 07/16/2010

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My 4 year old (5 next month) is in bed by 7:15 at the latest when we are at home (we are a little off kilter right now on vacation...and it shows). She wakes up between 6 and 7 every morning no matter what time she goes to bed, and she needs the sleep. If there is something going on and she needs to stay up later, a nap is a must...or we all pay! FYI- my 8 year old is on the same sleep schedule. Sleep is so important at their ages! My 12 year old is in bed by 8:30.

Cheryl - posted on 07/07/2010

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I put my almost 5 year old twins to bed between 7:15 and 8:00. Earlier on work nights since they have to be up for daycare at 6:30. I love the book "Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child" by Mark Wisebluth (I know I spelled that wrong). He walks through strategies for each age and makes adjustments for different parenting styles so you should be able to find a good bedtime for your 5 year old in that book. I bought room darkening fabric and cut it to fit my kids windows and I Velcro them up so the kids don't know when morning comes or that they are lying in bed while the sun is still up at night. After dinner we usually go for a walk when there is time, bathe, brush teeth, get jammies, then we let them crash on the couch to watch TV and snuggle until bed (usually only about 30 min). Good luck finding a good bedtime for your 5 year old! Every kid is different.

Heather - posted on 06/28/2010

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It seems that it is harder to get my son to bed during the summer. I think it has a lot to do with the sun setting later. I try to have him in bed by 8:30. My son gets up at 7am every morning. During the winter it is normally 8pm. I have to admit that sometimes we are even pushing 9, but that makes for a hard morning! I try to settle him down with his bath and then a book. It does not work 100% of the time but for the most part, it does.

Tracy - posted on 06/23/2010

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Good question, my 4 year old is home on vacation from School since its summer break, but on the week days even though he is out, the latest he can stay up is 9pm if he welled behave that day. On Friday and Saturday, Sunday he can stay up until 10pm.

Donna - posted on 09/18/2010

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A good bedtime for my 5 year old is 8:30. Sending her to bed then makes a big difference in how her school days go.

Dawn - posted on 07/24/2010

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Hi my daughter almost 5 and son almost 2 both August birthdays go to bed at the same time. Our routine is:at about 6pm i give them 2 biscuits for supper and Grace has a small cup of milk (Aiden has his when he goes to bed) we then take them upstairs for thier bath and then they get dressed then Aiden has his milk and goes to bed and Grace has her hair dried has a story a lullaby and goes to sleep they are usually both awake by 7am and Aiden has a 11/2-2hrs sleep during day too.

Hope this helps you find a good bedtime for your 5 year old!

Dawn

Cheryl - posted on 07/07/2010

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I put my almost 5 year old twins to bed between 7:15 and 8:00. Earlier on work nights since they have to be up for daycare at 6:30. I love the book "Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child" by Mark Wisebluth (I know I spelled that wrong). He walks through strategies for each age and makes adjustments for different parenting styles so you should be able to find a good bedtime for your 5 year old in that book. I bought room darkening fabric and cut it to fit my kids windows and I Velcro them up so the kids don't know when morning comes or that they are lying in bed while the sun is still up at night. After dinner we usually go for a walk when there is time, bathe, brush teeth, get jammies, then we let them crash on the couch to watch TV and snuggle until bed (usually only about 30 min). Good luck finding a good bedtime for your 5 year old! Every kid is different.

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