What time should a 6 and a half month old go to bed?.

Carol-Anne Louise - posted on 08/01/2010 ( 54 moms have responded )

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Hello Mummy's.
I have a 6 and a half month old who is'nt a great sleeper.
I was wondering what a suitable time would be for it to be bed time for a baby at this age?.
Many thank's.

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Johnna - posted on 08/01/2010

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Read the Healthy Sleep Habits; Happy Child book. It is a life saver. The more sleep a baby gets the more they will sleep, the less sleep they get the less they will want to sleep. I know that sounds weird, but its true. I used to do the "oh please keep him up during the day so he will sleep tonight" but that is just the opposite of what happens. He would never sleep for me at night. Then I finally read this book my mother in law got me. And it changed my life. My son takes a nap every 2 hours for about 2 hours, he is sooo happy and never cries while awake. The book says that babies 4months to 1 year old should have a nap every two hours. Thats not saying youre going to put them in the bed and they are going to smile as you walk out of the room and just go to sleep. The first few times they will probably cry anywhere form 2 min. to 30 min. But always eventually fall asleep. They learn to self soothe. And it also states that babies need to be in be by 6 pm. Now I agree with that but sometimes my sons last nap with land him waking at 6 pm..but then literally an hour and a half later he is ready to go down for the night. soo I put my child to sleep between 6 and 7:30 pm . No later. Maybe if you try this is will work for you. But read the book!!

Keri-ann - posted on 08/15/2010

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one thing i do have a problem with with my son going down between 6:30 and 7 i still cant get him to sleep all night what is the best way to get him to sleep all night?

Krista - posted on 08/15/2010

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I personally believe in the attachment method and that letting your baby cry it out is harmful. I think that your baby should dictate their sleep routine with Mommy and Daddy encouraging healthy patterns. My baby sleeps from about 8pm to 6 or 7 am and takes two short naps and one long nap during the day. Psychological research shows that letting your baby cry it out leads them to the correct assumption that you will not be there to meet their needs and does not foster the best environment to nurture your child. The more you are there for your child now, the more independent they will be in a few months because they know Mommy will be there for them at all times so it is safe to go explore their world. At least check into what attachment research shows before you decide to stick your poor baby in a dark room alone to cry for you until they finally give up and fall asleep exhausted.

Amber - posted on 08/16/2010

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my son is around the same age as your son, since my son is teething he is getting more restless, so its harder to put him to sleep... so he went from taking three naps (at 2-3hrs each) to taking one two hour nap and ready for bed by 730-8 at night. Since he still wakes up to eat in the middle of the night, he is fed and is back to sleeping... I dont think "bed times" should be suggested until they are a little older and use to all these new experiences.

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My daughter will be 7 mos old tomorrow. She's been sleeping through the night since 3 mos. Let me tell you, it's all about the routine! She gets a bath at 7:15, changed into jammies, then a bottle, we rock for just a minute or two, then I put her in her crib and she's asleep in minutes, and she sleeps until 7-7:30 am. This doesn't happen over night, but if you're consistent, your baby will begin to understand that it's bedtime and actually come to expet and enjoy knowing that it's time to sleep. I have a friend with an 11 mo old that still doesn't sleep through the night and doesn't fall asleep on his own. When I asked what's his bedtime she said, "it varies". That's the problem right there! For the first year or so, you gotta keep them on a tight schedule and get them to bed on time, at the same time every night.

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Kat - posted on 10/08/2012

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I read a book by Gina Ford ... I didn't follow it to the letter (she is very strict) however, I took the parts that would and could fit in with our family and lifestyle and much as possible and my baby from four months old was sleeping really really well.



He is now 18 months old and has been sleeping through the nights for the most part, excluding teething, not feeling well or just generally contrariness, for about 9/10 months.



P.s: I also did not feed on demand! ... I certainly saw a difference in contentment from my eldest whom fed on demand to my second who didn't. My little man is so much better.

Acacia - posted on 10/02/2012

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mine goes to bed at 8:30 pm, routine starts at 7:45pm. he sleeps from then until 8-11am! I have taught him to self soothe. he will wake up at 6-7, but only for about 5 minutes. he will pass right out again without me getting up to feed him. during the day he eat A TON, about five 9 oz bottles as well as food for dinner; he is not even 6 months..

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Mine goes to sleep between 8pm - 9pm. And will sleep 8 hours, wake up for about 15 minutes and go back to sleep for about 2 more hours.

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when my son was 6 months old., he would normaly go to sleep around 7:30 or 8 so when he woke up in the morning he wasn't too tired.

Jennifer - posted on 08/20/2010

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My son is almost 8 months old and he goes to bed around 9:30 pm and doesn't wake up until 7-7:30 am the next morning....

Kayla - posted on 08/17/2010

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My son falls asleep between 8:30-9 every night, and sleeps through till morning around 7am !

Sarah - posted on 08/15/2010

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Our son goes to bed at 7pm. He sleeps much better. Any later, and who knows...but NO ONE will be getting any sleep in our house... for sure.

Keri-ann - posted on 08/15/2010

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that was very helpful johnna i was worried i was doing something wrong when my 6 and a half month old son was sleeping every two hours

Megan - posted on 08/14/2010

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I think a big part of bedtime is what time you would like them to be awake in the morning. We are lucky enough to have my mom and a sitter come to our home to watch Eliana while we are at work, so she normally wakes up around 8:30. If we had to drop her off to a sitter, she would probably need to be up by 6:00, so we'd need to put her to bed earlier. But, since she can get more sleep in the mornings, she usually drinks her last bottle around 8:15 pm and goes down after that. For us, it is important to keep her up a little later so we have quality time with her after work. If we put her down at 7, not only would she be up earlier, but we would have little time to spend with her. She takes 2 naps a day, about 1 1/2-2 hours each. Good luck!

Lynne - posted on 08/13/2010

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Hey there, i feel your pain, Harry goes down great between half 7 and half 8, but from 2 am onwards its a nightmare, he is often up ever hour! We have tried to keep him up a bit longer but he wont have it, i think he has slept through the night about 4 times since he was born! So unfortunately its just a waiting game they will go down when they want to haha x

Denise - posted on 08/13/2010

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all these post sound much the same rountine is the best your baby will tell you hers if you only step back and look for it
tizze also has a blog and online help line but for sure read this book

i found Tizze Hall Save our sleep the best thing since well sliced bread as by d was getting older the less he slept until he was feeding every 1 1/2 2 hours

Amanda - posted on 08/13/2010

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my daughter goes to sleep between 10 and midnight sometimes earlier but it really depends on what time she wakes from her last nap..we're working on gettin gher to bed no later than 10:30 but it is a challenge...

Lisa - posted on 08/12/2010

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hello i have a 7 month old son now he sleeps all the way through always has but from experience its helpful if you give them bath at 8 really warm milk at 8 30 then he should be asleep by 9 works a charm with my son and my niece hope this is helpful x

Olga - posted on 08/11/2010

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i start putting my almost 7mo old to sleep for the night at about 9; i change her, brush her etc then give her the bedtime bottle and she's alseep for the rest of the night; she'll wake up in the morning around 9am so she gets about 12hrs of sleep during the night and she has 2 naps during the day for about an hour or 2(max) each

April - posted on 08/11/2010

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My little girl goes to bed between 8-8:30pm and sleep till about 7:30-8:30am. She usually only takes two naps during the day, one for about 30min the other for about 1 hr or 1 1/2. It has been working for us for a while now, it's so nice to be able to get her to sleep early!

Jenna - posted on 08/11/2010

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Sarah set her own schedule (really!). She eats her supper around 5 p.m., gets her bath between 6 and 7 p.m., and ends up getting sleepy around 7:30 p.m. These days, she's having a bit more trouble getting to sleep due to teething, but 7:30 p.m. is about the average. Hope this helps!!

Christine - posted on 08/09/2010

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My son is usually in bed by 8:30 or 9. I keep him up a little later than the advised 7 pm because he needs time with his father. I would say whatever time you feel comfortable with, as long as it's not later than 10:30. But I would definitely get you LO into a routine as soon as possible. Mine has been in one since he was 3 months and has been sleeping through the night since then...other than the past few weeks due to us moving. Good luck

Shelly - posted on 08/09/2010

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We dont decide when a baby should go to sleep, they decide. All we can do is try to get them into a good routine. I try for 9 but sometimes she wont fall asleep till 11. She is getting better and better everyday but still i wouldnt say their is a good bedtime or the same bedtime everynight. Would be nice but i dont think u should worry to much right now!

Kortney - posted on 08/09/2010

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mine goes to bed around 930-10pm...im slowly making it earlier...she use to go to bed around 11... im hoping to get her to bed around 830-9pm soon

Kelley - posted on 08/08/2010

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My daughter (7 months tomorrow) usually goes to bed between 7:30-8:00. We are still in the habit of nursing/rocking to sleep, though, and she still wakes up a couple times a night. I would like to get to the point of being able to just lay her down and let her go to sleep.

Heather - posted on 08/08/2010

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Hi, my daughter goes to bed between 7-7:30 each night. She really fell into her own routine, I did not try to force her into one. I think the thing that helped her the most was that we didn't stress about it, just kind of went with it and it kept her more comfortable and therefore happier. Babies are definitely affected by their parents' moods and stress levels, so I think for us, keeping ourselves calm was what worked best to help our daughter get to sleep. She's 7 months now and at this point she is ready for bed on her own at no later than 7:30, and she sleeps until usually 6:30 each morning. She takes usually a total of 2 1/2 to 3 hrs worth of naps each day, but the lengths and times of the naps varies. She goes to daycare, so the girls just lay her down if she gets cranky and she goes right to sleep.

Belinda - posted on 08/07/2010

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Try and make sure that the nap in later arvo is not close to 5pm keep it betwwen 2 & 3 pm

Shannyn - posted on 08/07/2010

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My son is 6 and a half months aswel and we have a routine of giving a bath at 6.3O then giving him a bottle and he sleeps all night til about 7am. When he was younger he didnt have a routine then a friend advised me i should try it and then with in a week he was settled in and sleeping through the night.

I have also heard a wives tale more babies sleep during the day the more they sleep at night :)

Hope this will help.

Rachael - posted on 08/07/2010

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try not having nap so close to bed time. my 7 month old goes to bed around 7-7:30 she wakes up around the same time in the morning. when we wake up she has breakfast and plays then takes a nap around 9 or 10 then wakes 45 mins. to an hour later. then around 1 she takes another nap for 2-3 hours. then stays up until bed time. try feeding her cereal later, closer to bed time. she will sleep longer the fuller she is. i hope that helps!

Belinda - posted on 08/07/2010

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Hi my son has just turned seven months old and still goes to bed at 7pm, we just keep the routine going we bath him first then feed and then put him to bed...

Ayanna - posted on 08/07/2010

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my son turned 6 month on the 29th he goes to bed at 12am because he takes two two hour naps but he doesnt wake up to nine am which is good because it gives me time to clean and prepare his breakfast

Melanie - posted on 08/07/2010

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I agree with the routine, but we only have 1 'structured' nap throughout the day. Our daughter sleeps anywhere, so if she's in her exersaucer and falls asleep, that's where she sleeps. We always make sure that she's safe, of course, but I find that this makes it easier for her to sleep at night. She was never one for the sleep a couple, up a couple, sleep all night, so we switched to this way and it seems to work.
She get supper before bed, burp, cuddling, then off to sleep and seems to do pretty well throughout the night. She will wake up to fuss, if wet, but then goes back to sleep once 'crisis' is over.
Good luck

Larissa - posted on 08/07/2010

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i usually give my daughter a bath around 9 and she goes to sleep about ten. sleeps through the night. :)

Melissa - posted on 08/07/2010

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I have a 6 & 1/2 month old & I put him to bed between 8-10.. just depends on his last nap.

Libby - posted on 08/07/2010

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My son, Drake (about 7 months), goes to sleep from anywhere between 6-8pm and wakes up from 5:30-7:00am every morning.

He normally takes about 2-3 naps a day lasting about 2-3 hours each.

If he isn't tired we just keep him up until he starts rubbing his eyes, then we lay him down, sometimes he cries a little, but normally he lies down and is out for the rest of the night. He's been this way since he was 3wks old. So he's used to his routine. I've learned that babies come up with their own routines. :)

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Bed between 7-7.45 and sleeps til 7.15am ish. No wakes. We set up a bedtime routine before anything else...started bed at 8pm, but this 7.30ish time he has going works the best for him and us.

Khetha - posted on 08/05/2010

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My son is 7 months today!!! he sleeps around 8pm each night and will wake up at 6am each morning. Christine is right - it is all about the routine....

Krispin - posted on 08/05/2010

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My 6 month old is in bed by 7pm every nite. It gives my husband and I time together and we eat supper in peace. He's usually exhausted by bathtime at 6pm. He has 2- 3 naps a day, totalling 2-3 hrs. He usually sleeps til 7am.

Cherie - posted on 08/03/2010

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My daughter sounds about like most of the posts. She's asleep most nights - when her older brothers aren't creating a fuss around the house - between 9 & 10pm. She sleeps until 7 - 9am usually. She takes 3 naps - give or take - during the day and again, that depends on her entertainment from her older siblings.

But each child and each household is different. My older children would crash for the night around 7pm but they would usually wake up sometime in the night for feeding. Jenna doesn't do that. When she's out for the night, she sleeps like her Mum... a rock. :)

Stephanie - posted on 08/03/2010

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Whenever he's tired?

My son gets sleepy after his supper, bottle, and bath. He goes to sleep around 8:30-9pm and sleeps until 7am. He also has about 3 naps during the day.

Samantha - posted on 08/02/2010

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My son just turned 6months old and he goes to bed at 9pm and wakes up at 8.30am the next day, and during the day he is never up for longer then 3 hours, we wrap him put the dummy in his mouth close the door and he will fall asleep himself, perfect little boy =D

Stifler's - posted on 08/02/2010

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Logan goes to bed at 6 usually. Sometimes I keep him up til 7 to see his dad get home and then have cuddles and bed. He doesn't sleep very well if I put him to bed later.

Ashley - posted on 08/02/2010

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im having the same issue and were using the "cry it out method"..he goes down btwn 830 and 930..but is starting to wake during the middle of the night for no reason at all..and cant fall back asleep on his own only if i put him in bed with my boyfriend and myself..this needs to change bc he may sleep but we dont! so i shall let you know how it goes for us! tonight is night one..

Emily - posted on 08/02/2010

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According to the Healthy Sleep Habits book, 6 or 7 is the healthiest time for an infant older than 3-4 months to go to bed. (Before 3-4 months, around 9 or 10 PM is okay.) The way babies' brains work and the way they manufacture melatonin (sleep hormone), bed in the early evening is far and away the healthiest option. Your baby should be in bed 12-13 hours a night, and babies this age take 2-3 naps of 1-2 hours each.

Sara - posted on 08/02/2010

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I don't know about any other moms' kids. But except for waking up to eat, mine goes to sleep for bedtime between 9-11 pm and wakes up between 8-10 am.



His naps aren't at regular times but he sleeps for a total of maybe 2-3 hours a day for naps. That's it. :)

Susanna - posted on 08/02/2010

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my son is 6 n a half months n he goes to bed every night at 8 oclock no later and will sleep till 8 the next morning,, he takes 3 naps a day for about an hour could be less very happy baby only cries when he in pain..we stick to his routine and he has just settled into it, he has his bath massage at 7.15 this usually takes us till bout 7.45 give him a bottle in his room in the dark ( with a night light) put him down and hes asleep in minutes.. starting a routine does take time but once ur LO realises thats its the norm then he will just settle into it.. good luck

Johnna - posted on 08/01/2010

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Also, now that hes been on this schedule since he was four months old, every hour and a half to two hours he is ready for a nap. He doesnt cry or anything when I put him down. I just take him to the room, swaddle him, turn on his sleep sheep and his nature sounds CD , give him a paci and shut the door. Never hear a peep. Its the sweetest thing. :0)

Brooke - posted on 08/01/2010

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My duaghter just turned 6 months on the 31st. It all depends on how tired she is but she goes to bed anywhere between 9-10:30. She isn't a clockwork kind of girl by all means. :)

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