What time is bedtime and bathtime?

Sandra - posted on 01/18/2009 ( 44 moms have responded )

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My daughter goes to bath around 7pm, and around 7:30pm I nurse her, and she's down usually around 8pm. i wondered what other mothers did with bedtime and bath time.

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Andrea - posted on 01/19/2009

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I do her solids about 6:30 and then bottle about 7:30.  She gets a (shower) bath twice a week but I use the lavender wipes just before bed the other nights.  She normally goes down about 8:30.

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Grace - posted on 07/02/2013

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I have 7 children, I'm a single mother so it's quite hard work but all worth it!
My children go to bed as follows:
12 yr old twins 9:30 bathtime 10bedtime 10:20 Sleep
9 and 7 yr olds: 8:30 bathtime 8:50 bedtime 9:10 sleep
5 and almost 2 yr old : 7 bathtime 7:15 bedtime and hopefully asleep by 7:45pm
With my 12 year olds I am more flexible, sleepovers, Christmas and birthdays I allow all my children to stay up later. If they are watching a film and it goes on past there bedtime then they can watch it so long as it isn't silly-late :) hope this helps
Grace W

Hermione - posted on 06/07/2013

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Depends on the age.... I have seven children, the bath times and bedtimes following (my older children go for a shower instead)
2 and 4 yr olds - bathtime 7:15 Pm bedtime 7:30pm and stories and sleep around 8Pm
7 and 10 yr olds- bathtimes 8:00Pm bed 8:30 and lights out 9:00Pm
13 yr old twins and 14 year olds - 9:30 shower 9:50 In rooms and 10:20 sleep
At the weekends for my kids who are 10 and up go a bit later about 10 and sleep at 10:30 PM . If any of my kids are poorly/have big exams/had a sleepover or late night before they go earlier. If its Christmas, Easter or their birthday party or a special night then I am a bit more flexible with bedtimes particularly with my kids who are 11-15. Hope this helps. Hermione M x

Katie - posted on 02/05/2009

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i also have the same schedule as yours and it works really well, my son does not have a bath every night but most nights.

Julie - posted on 02/04/2009

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Wow, I like the various times!  I read somewhere to pick a bedtime routine and start as soon as possible, my husband and I liked 7 pm bedtime, so at 2 months old we started her then.  We eat her dinner (baby food and a bottle) at 6 pm, I do a bath every other day at 645 and we read a book, which during then she gets tired, so she is in bed by 7 pm, any later and she is cranky!  If I let her sleep till whenever, she actually will sleep until about 645-7 am!!  Since I have to go to work during the week I wake her up at 6 am to eat and get ready for the day though.

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Quoting Brianna:




WOW. My baby has a nap at 7:30pm until around 9 and then we nurse, have a bath, play lotion, all that good stuff. He feeds again just before 11pm and is down around 11:15-11;30pm. I can not beleive most of the posts I've read the babies are down at 8, or even 7!!








Question is...when do they wake up? My lil boy sleep until 10:30 the necxt morning, so Im not sure which I would prefer, early bed? or late sleep in....?










finally someone with a sleeping pattern close to mine!!!






I prefer it this way cos in the morning i get to do the housework without having to entertain her. This morning she woke up at 8am!! So we will have t wait forthe housework till naptime.






I don't particularly like wipes since they could be drying in themselves. I give her a bath every 2-3days (she suffers from dry skin) and otherwise its a quick wipe in the sink rinsing very well afterwards...personally I am for  a late afternoon bath but the paediatrician said its better to wash her once a week!!! uuurrrgghh....so that's my compromise!






She gets a rinse too whenever she poohs!!





I am on the smae page as you guys are.  My daughter has her dinner at 6:30, and then we go pick her daddy up from work at 7:30 he comes home feeds her a bottle, and plays with her I usually bath her during the day makes nights easier.  Then she has her night time bottle at liek 9-10 and is out between 10-11pm almost every night sometimes we think she is down at 9 and she is just napping wakes up for about an hr and back to bed.  the only thing is she only sleeps till about 7-730 in the am.  but she has a nap at 10- 11 for abotu 2 hrs, and again in the middle of the afternoon for a few hrs.

Jennifer - posted on 02/04/2009

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My daughter is a total night owl. i just started a routine on Monday: I feed her solids around 8:30, then she takes a bath around 9:00, then she has a 6oz bottle. lately she has been falling asleep around 10:00 or 10:30, but for a long time she wasn't sleeping until 11:30 or midnight

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We do solids at 7 pm, and let her play until 8 pm, then we do a bath, and a bottle, then to bed.  She is usually in bed by 8:30.  Also we don't use soap every night, only about once in every three days, unless she is really dirty, or was swimming that day.

Sandra - posted on 02/03/2009

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Quoting Courtney:



Hi everyone! I get home from work around 4-4:30, so we sit down and have solids around 5:00 with Nash. He likes to play in his highchair afterwards and is learning to use a sippy cup right now, so by the time my husband gets home at 6:00 he is ready to get out and play awhile. After we eat supper he gets a shower with Daddy, then we lotion, play, sing, read a story, and he's usually asleep by 7:30 or 8:00pm. BUT, we also have to get him up by 6:00am so we can get him fed, changed, and into his carseat by 6:30am at the very latest, as I have to be to work by 7AM with a 20 min drive and dropoff at the babsitter besides. I wish he could sleep in a little so I could get things done in the morning on the weekends (or sleep in myself a little!) but such is life:) I agree with a previous post by a mom: We give Nash a bath everyday....I think when they are around other kids, eat babyfood, drool (like a faucet!) and crawl around all over the house, it's nice to give them a bath every night. Plus for our family, it's good bonding time with daddy, and I just think he feels better all around after a shower and clean jammies. It is very important, especially in our dry winte climate, to baby oil and/or lotion regularly. Hope this helps:)





I know exactly what you Mean. i also do not get home until 4:30pm or 4:45pm. I also have to make dinner, feed Celeste and the its off to bathing her, putting on her pajama and nurse. She is always asleep by 8pm, but I think shes getting tired easier. I do not know how early i can put her down, since there is lots to do!

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Hi again - "they" say your baby doesn't need a bath everyday, however, I found that having a routine; the same thing everyday my son knew what to expect. Our routine starts at 5:00 pm when he wakes from his last nap - we have dinner, play for about 20 minutes, bath for about 20 minutes, then to his bedroom for a massage, read a book, have his last bottle and cuddle and he's down for the night by 6:30 and sleeps right through to 6:30.

Virginia - posted on 01/30/2009

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My routine with Itzel since she was 1.5 months is bedtime at  8pm...I use Johnson's Nightime body wash and lotion. Then I give her a 6oz of formula and is in bed by 8:45...moves around abit and falls asleep by 9:15ish.  She used to sleep till about 8:30am but know she wakes up at 7 am.

Felicia - posted on 01/29/2009

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I usually do a bath ever other day and her bath is actually in the morning because as a college student that is the best time for me. Bed time for her is around 8:30 because if she goes earlier she does not sleep so well.

Amanda - posted on 01/29/2009

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Jess is bathed at 8 and bed by 830. I've heard that you are supposed to feed prior to bath (can't remember where I got that tho) so she eats usually within the hour prior to bathtime.

Louise - posted on 01/29/2009

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my baby boy has bath at 6pm then has porridge and 7oz of milk and is asleep between 6:30 - 7:00pm.



He will not wake until 10:30 or sometimes later and he also has a sleep after breakfast dinner and tea! he loves his sleep



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Let's see...we try to get our son in the bath by 7:30. Once he's done, we give him some nude time to crawl around and get out the last bit of energy he has. As he starts getting grumpy, he nurses and usually passes out during that. Just a transfer to the crib, and he's out! He usually wakes up for the day between 8-9am and wakes about 2-3 times a night to nurse-although he woke up about 10 times last night due to cutting some teeth!

Courtney - posted on 01/29/2009

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Hi everyone! I get home from work around 4-4:30, so we sit down and have solids around 5:00 with Nash. He likes to play in his highchair afterwards and is learning to use a sippy cup right now, so by the time my husband gets home at 6:00 he is ready to get out and play awhile. After we eat supper he gets a shower with Daddy, then we lotion, play, sing, read a story, and he's usually asleep by 7:30 or 8:00pm. BUT, we also have to get him up by 6:00am so we can get him fed, changed, and into his carseat by 6:30am at the very latest, as I have to be to work by 7AM with a 20 min drive and dropoff at the babsitter besides. I wish he could sleep in a little so I could get things done in the morning on the weekends (or sleep in myself a little!) but such is life:) I agree with a previous post by a mom: We give Nash a bath everyday....I think when they are around other kids, eat babyfood, drool (like a faucet!) and crawl around all over the house, it's nice to give them a bath every night. Plus for our family, it's good bonding time with daddy, and I just think he feels better all around after a shower and clean jammies. It is very important, especially in our dry winte climate, to baby oil and/or lotion regularly. Hope this helps:)

Amanda - posted on 01/29/2009

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i have been given a book called "healthy sleep habits, happy child" and had so many moms swear by it, i thought i'd give it a shot. My baby goes to sleep around 6-7pm. I have to pay close attention to get his sleepy cues before he gets overly sleepy. When that happens, it's a nightmare to get him to sleep and get him to stay asleep. So, our schedule is dinner at 5pm, bath right after, baby massage with lotion and low lighting, and wind down till bedtime. Works for us, but it's different for different babies. Linus has ecxema really bad, so i only bathe his diaper area every day and let him splash around and then soap everything every 2nd or 3rd day. My pediatrician recommended that bathing schedule.

Jena - posted on 01/29/2009

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At 6:30 pm I play with my daughter on the floor for about 15 min. Then she drinks half of her bottle. At 7:00 pm she takes a bath, then pjs., then finishes her bottle, then I read her a short story. She is in bed at about 7:30 pm each night. She falls asleep shortly and wakes up around 5:30 am. Kind of an early wake up, but we are workin on that!



I give her a bath every day b/c she enjoys it and its also a good part of our routine. I only wash her hair/body with soap every other day. The other days just water. I put Aveeno baby lotion on her every night. Her skin was very dry before I started with the lotion, but now its nice and smooth!

Amy - posted on 01/29/2009

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Question is...when do they wake up? My lil boy sleep until 10:30 the necxt morning, so Im not sure which I would prefer, early bed? or late sleep in....?



I personally think that if it a routine you want to keep then it should be an earlier night and no sleep in. I dont know when they change their sleeping patterns or if they do, my niece never did and she is 11 now. My way of thinking is if your child isnt going to change their sleeping when they are older then maybe having them up earlier is the better thing especially if you have to work that day and need them up to get them to daycare or school. But this is coming from someone who have a baby that sleeps from 830-700 on most nights. I never have had a routine for her she has chosen this sleep pattern for herself.

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My son eats solids at 6 PM, then a bottle or breast feed at 7:30 and to bed by 8 (sometimes earlier if he refuses his late afternoon nap). I give him a bath every other day in the afternoon after his second solids feed and before his afternoon nap. He usually sleeps from 8PM to 7AM, takes a 2 hour nap from 10-12 and an hour nap from 3-4. Sometimes he'll take a 3rd nap in the late afternoon, but he's been cutting that out recently, and goes to bed earlier (around 7) instead. I like that he goes to bed earlier as it gives me and my husband evening time to relax and hang out together, but at the same time, going to bed earlier means my husband only gets an hour or so to spend with him before bedtime because he gets home from work around 6:30. Plus, if we go visiting to friends' or families' places, we have to leave early enough to get him home in time for bed because he won't sleep anywhere but in his crib or my arms. No more late night get togethers with friends, that's for sure.

Kim - posted on 01/28/2009

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Hi, my litte guy has a feed around 6.30pm-7pm solids, than 150 mls of milk. By the time feeding is over he is in bed by 8pm the latest as he gets tired and grumpy after that. he than wakes up at 5am. As for bathing usually twice a week, but the other days wipe him down with a warm wet face cloth dipped in luke warm water and some drops of baby oil in it. keeps his skin soft as well. Nice to see that there is a variety of times that teh babies goes to sleep.

Melissa - posted on 01/28/2009

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Noah goes to bed at 8. Half hour before I give him his vit D drops, wash his gums with a wet wash cloth, wipe his eyes, face, hands, ears, and then feet. Put him in his jammies give him a breast feed and then it's off to bed. I don't bathe every day it's really not needed, only if you want to establish that kind of routine and it usually calms babies before bed. As for Noah we do the routine that we do because a bath just excites him too much. I just wipe down the parts that need to be taken care of every day with a warm wash cloth.

Bailey - posted on 01/27/2009

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My daughter has been early to bed since we brought her home bed time is now between 6 and 7 i try to keep her up till 7, but sometimes we dont make it.(she gets SUPER fussy)... when she goes to bed at 7 we start bedtime routine around 6:30 we do bathtime, put her in her PJs and then we read a story... (usually she eats the book, but since we read it often i have it practically memorized)haha. Then i nurse her but make sure shes still awake so she learns to self soothe to sleep, and shes always in her bed asleep or very close to sleep by 7.



 

Bailey - posted on 01/27/2009

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My daughter has been early to bed since we brought her home bed time is now between 6 and 7 i try to keep her up till 7, but sometimes we dont make it.(she gets SUPER fussy)... when she goes to bed at 7 we start bedtime routine around 6:30 we do bathtime, put her in her PJs and then we read a story... (usually she eats the book, but since we read it often i have it practically memorized)haha. Then i nurse her but make sure shes still awake so she learns to self soothe to sleep, and shes always in her bed asleep or very close to sleep by 7.



 

Julie - posted on 01/23/2009

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I live in a very hot climate so therefore I like to bath my little one twice a day.  Once in the morning and once in the late afternoon / evening.  She has solids around 5pm and then has her 2nd bath.  Depending on how much sleep she has had thru the day, she might have a nap for an hour or so but usually has a bottle around 7 - 7.30pm and is in bed by 8 - 9pm and sleeps through the night.

Sandra - posted on 01/23/2009

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Great answers from everyone! I see many moms put their kids to bed early, and others later. Celeste is usually tired when i put her down at 8, so i would not be able to read to her. I just have enough time to feed her RIGHT after her bad or she gets mad.LOL. Thanks ladies!

Rebecca - posted on 01/23/2009

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My little boy has a bath at 8pm, then I lather him in Johnsons Baby Lotion and dress him in pyjamas. I read him two stories, and he has a feed (breastfeed), then I sing him a lullaby, then put him in bed, kiss him and turn out the light. Sometimes he closes his eyes and goes to sleep (ok, truthfully he has only done this once recently!) but he usually has a bit of a cry. I let him go for up to 15 minutes (as long as he isnt too hysterical) and then I go in and give him a cuddle and a little bit more milk and then he goes to sleep by 9.30pm. He sleeps at least 12 hours but is still waking a few times for a feed. I actually like getting to sleep in till 9-10am!!

Denise - posted on 01/22/2009

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Quoting Brianna:



WOW. My baby has a nap at 7:30pm until around 9 and then we nurse, have a bath, play lotion, all that good stuff. He feeds again just before 11pm and is down around 11:15-11;30pm. I can not beleive most of the posts I've read the babies are down at 8, or even 7!!






Question is...when do they wake up? My lil boy sleep until 10:30 the necxt morning, so Im not sure which I would prefer, early bed? or late sleep in....?






finally someone with a sleeping pattern close to mine!!!



I prefer it this way cos in the morning i get to do the housework without having to entertain her. This morning she woke up at 8am!! So we will have t wait forthe housework till naptime.



I don't particularly like wipes since they could be drying in themselves. I give her a bath every 2-3days (she suffers from dry skin) and otherwise its a quick wipe in the sink rinsing very well afterwards...personally I am for  a late afternoon bath but the paediatrician said its better to wash her once a week!!! uuurrrgghh....so that's my compromise!



She gets a rinse too whenever she poohs!!

Lauren - posted on 01/22/2009

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My little one has solids at 5pm, bath at 6:14, bottle at 6:45 and she goes to sleep at around 7:30pm. She sleeps until 6:00am/6:30am.

Brianna - posted on 01/22/2009

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WOW. My baby has a nap at 7:30pm until around 9 and then we nurse, have a bath, play lotion, all that good stuff. He feeds again just before 11pm and is down around 11:15-11;30pm. I can not beleive most of the posts I've read the babies are down at 8, or even 7!!



Question is...when do they wake up? My lil boy sleep until 10:30 the necxt morning, so Im not sure which I would prefer, early bed? or late sleep in....?

Kristie - posted on 01/22/2009

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Wow all the babies go to bed so late!
I usually struggle to keep mine up for dinner. Our routine is:
6pm solids
6.15-6.30 bath
6.45pm bottle
7.00pm bed
By then he is really really tired, and quite grumpy.

Diane - posted on 01/22/2009

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Sam doesn't go to bed any earlier than 9:30! He'll go to sleep for a nap around 7pm but needs another bottle before bed. I give a bath every other day but sometimes it's less often. I do the wipe down too. He doesn't have much hair either so it's easier!

Jennifer - posted on 01/22/2009

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For us my sons bath time is 7:30 and after that i nurse him and he is off to sleep at around 8:15 . So pretty much the same as yours. We have to do the bath everynight if he does not get a bath he does not want to go to sleep or stay asleep.  I did not do a bedtime routine with my oldest son who will be 3 next month and now i wish i did you can tell a big diffrence in not fighting to go to bed and staying asleep.

Jenny - posted on 01/21/2009

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Hi, it definitely is the soap that dries the bubs skin.... i give my bub a bath every day but i use a gentle bath oil to keep her skin supple. I must say though, that she is on solids and after all the food and drool and being outdoors, i feel they need the bath to freshen up just like us.

Lindsey - posted on 01/21/2009

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I give him solid and 7 oz around 6pm then around 8pm it's bath time and I give him one everyday and I us johnson's bedtime thing everytime to and his skin is not dry or anything so I don't see a problem and then I give him his cereal and 8 oz and he falls a sleep during or not long after :)

Jeanette - posted on 01/21/2009

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my son eats dinner about 5 pm with us , then 6-630 he has his bath then massage  , 7 pm he has 7 oz then he is asleep till about 4-5 am . he only just started solids but we do it 3 times a day and he has about 4-5 bottles a day , i expect that will drop once he is eating more solids .

Sandra - posted on 01/20/2009

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Thanks ladies for your answers. It looks like its the soap that dries babies, not the water?

Lisa - posted on 01/20/2009

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my little girl has her dinner at 6 then a bath every night at 7-7.30, i dont think i couldnt bath her everyday... after being in wet nappies, drooling, food.. and god knows what else i think it good to include a bath everyday, she has loved the water from day 1 but I only add soap (johnsons moisturizer bath) every 3 days so as not to overdry... just stick with a routine n they adapt!

Bethany - posted on 01/19/2009

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I knew I couldn't keep up with a bath everyday so to protect my nighttime routine I do baths earlier in the day (and not everyday). I do a "wipe down" as part of bedtime instead. A friend does a bath everyday but to prevent overdrying and irritation, every other day she just puts him in the water and doesn't use soap.

I'm going to have to look for lavender wipes...that sounds like a great idea!

Tina - posted on 01/19/2009

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Our son usually has cereal around 8:30 pm, then a bath around 9 or 9:30 then 8 oz formula. I don't think baths everyday are necessary, but I also do it to have some sort of routine with him. He's a bit of night owl, but for now it works for us...hope this helps.

Frances - posted on 01/19/2009

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I have the same schedule as yours and it works perfectly!

I don't think at this stage everyday baths are necessary, but I'm doing it just to establish a routine with her. I use the Johnson's Bedtime Mousturizing bath since it's mild, smells great and moisturizes my baby girl's skin.

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