Bedtime for 7 year old

Odelia - posted on 11/08/2009 ( 126 moms have responded )

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What time is reasonable for a 7 year old's bedtime? (she has to wake up by 7:15 am)?

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Jen - posted on 04/08/2012

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I would say 9:30 - 10:15. At 10:15 she will have 9 hours of sleep, which is ideal. Any earlier than 9 or 9:30 is just plain mean.

Kerry - posted on 04/05/2012

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i have a 7 year old and a 4 year old and they both go to bed at 7,30 mon to fri then 9 on a sat as a treat kids need sleep for school and every day activitys x

Cheryl - posted on 11/15/2009

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I have three boys ages 3, 5, and 7. They have to get up at 6:40am to get ready for school and leave the house by 7:20am. We have a bedtime routine. 8 they start picking up their room, 8:30 we brush teeth, 8:45 till 9 is story time, and then they lay down and go to sleep. It's the same every weeknight. It really works AND since it's the same everynight, they know what to expect and they fight me about bedtime less. Gook luck deciding a bedtime for your 7 year old.

Anita - posted on 05/26/2012

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Every household (and child) is different but mine were in bed by 8 on school nights (up at 6) and 9 on the weekends until they hit jr high. Alas, my kids were CRANKY in they didn't get enough sleep. :( But like I said, depends on the household and the children.

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Thea - posted on 01/03/2013

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I am Eithans Grandma and he has been acting up at bedtime, So just checking to see what others have to say about it. Thank you. I usually start at 730. and tuck him in at 8.

Spencer - posted on 09/13/2012

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Every child is different. My girl goes to bed at 9pm and wakes up at 7am. She's 7. The deal we have is that if she is tired or cranky in the morning she goes to bed earlier.

Sarah - posted on 05/27/2012

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the more hours the kids get before midnight the better, I would put her to bed early like seven even if she doesn't need 12 hours sleep having her get up earlier is better than missing those hours before midnight(each one is worth like two hours after).

Tamara - posted on 04/05/2012

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My children are a bit older and a bit younger than 7 but they both go to bed with lights out at 7pm. It is only because they catch the bus very early. On weekends, they are allowed to go to bed at 8pm yet it doesn't deter them from waking early still.



Experts think that 12 hours is a must for children of 7. I think it depends on the child as to how much sleep they need. I would safely go with at least 11 hours and sometimes the child will sleep in to catch up on the weekends.



My kids don't naturally sleep for 12 hours and it is like pulling teeth to get them to so I don't!



If your child is only 7 and has to wake by your given time, then I would say lights out 7.15 so that she can be asleep by 7.30. This would give her not quite 12 hours.

Sarah - posted on 10/28/2011

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I would say 8:00 go in their room read a book/listen to calmming muic or watch t.v. i switch every night with my kids. Lights out by 8:30 and 0n the weekend same routine exept everything is pushed up thirty min...!

hope this helped
go moms!...:)

Mary - posted on 09/25/2011

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My 3 and 4 year old girls go to bed at 7 pm.
My 8 & 6 year old boys go to bed at 8 pm.
The boys are allowed to read in bed (they have bed lamps) for up to 30 min.
These are the "school night" bedtimes.
We have always kept bedtime schedules non negotiable... even as infants.
My babies always went down at 7pm to 6 am.
They do stay up to 9pm on Wed nights for church. So far that has been working okay.
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Amanda - posted on 09/12/2011

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i have a 7 year old and she goes to sleep around 8 or 9 and gets up at 7.30. same with my 5 year old

Sarah - posted on 09/10/2011

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Well i would say a reasonable time is about 8:00 maybe if she has a tv in her bedroom she can watch it for about 30 min but lights out at 8:00 unless its tv and i let my 8 year old watch it for about 30 min. Depending on the time he goes to bed. On weekends 8:30 or 9:00 i choose by the way my son acts he either gets to stay up 30 min. or go to bed 30 min. early... Hope this helped.....:)

Sarah - posted on 09/10/2011

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Well i would say a reasonable time is about 8:00 maybe if she has a tv in her bedroom she can watch it for about 30 min but lights out at 8:00 unless its tv and i let my 8 year old watch it for about 30 min. Depending on the time he goes to bed. On weekends 8:30 or 9:00 i choose by the way my son acts he either gets to stay up 30 min. or go to bed 30 min. early... Hope this helped.....:)

Kim - posted on 11/21/2009

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Bedtime for my 7 year old is 8p.m. He has to get up at seven a.m. It was my bedtime as a child and it seems to work for him. Anytime he has stayed up later his mood has been bad the next day as well as his focus and motivation. I also keep the bedtime on weekends, holidays, and vacations. I know how it affects me when my sleep schedule is changed and don't want that for my son. Of course there are a few more occasional exceptions at those times. His mamaw chooses his bedtime when he stays there and if were out or there's a movie on he's been looking forward to then I'll treat him to a later bedtime.

Tahnaykay - posted on 11/16/2009

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My daughter is seven also and she has to be at the school bus stop by 7:10 and I have to get her up by 6 or 6:30 am and what I try to do is give her at least 8-10hrs of sleep so she is well rested I normally send her to bed around 8 or 9pm that's what I suggest as bedtime for a 7 year old hope this helps ;o)

Leonora - posted on 11/15/2009

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My daugther's have to get up by 6:20 to get to the bus by 6:55 and they are 6 and 8 so I let them go to bed by 8 or 8:30 so they get their rest their last show in after homework and chores!!

Aasiya - posted on 11/14/2009

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My daughter wake up at 6am so normally she sleep at 10 o clock becoz more she delay she suffer in the morning

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My son went to bed at 8pm at that age, and still does at age 8. (And yes, he, too, has to be up at 7:15am!)

Deserie - posted on 11/14/2009

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Bedtime for my 7 year old is 8pm. That way if he had a hard day he'll just fall asleep, but if he had a more relaxed day then it usually takes him about 10 to 15 minutes. He seems to always wake up refreshed. I used to put to bed at 9 but that was too late and he would wake up tried alot.

Arpana - posted on 11/14/2009

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My 7 and 4 hit the bed by about 7:30 and usually sleeping by 8pm but they get up at 6 am..so they have enough time in the morning to freshen up and eat breakfast...without me having to hurry them up...good to see most of us have same schedules :-)

Patricia - posted on 11/13/2009

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my 7 and 4 yr old get in bed at 8:15 pm and usually fall asleep right away

Robyn - posted on 11/13/2009

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I asked this same question not long ago. The nurses at the hospital told me that a child at the age of 7 needs at least 10-11 hours of sleep per night. Bedtime for my 7 year old is 8:30/9:00.

Theresa - posted on 11/13/2009

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I'm with Carole - I have only recently let my 13 year old have a 9 pm bedtime. That is way too late for a 7 year old, IMO. But we've had a 7 pm bedtime for our three kids since my oldest was a baby. Dinner by 6, over by 6:30, bath, teeth story and prayers. Lights out by 7:15 at the latest.

In the summer, we shut the blinds by 6 so they don't complain about it still being light out.

You should also consider that studies show "screen time" in the hour before bedtime makes the brain more stimulated, so you should stop any tv, computer, games the hour before bed regimine.

It may be an adjustment at first, but young kids thrive on routine. Think about making a new routine, and sticking to it. In the end it's easier for the child, more restful for the child, and easier for you too.

BTW, we have a 13 year old, 8 year old, and 3 year old. You can make separate bedtimes work - though it's harder! :)

Carole - posted on 11/13/2009

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wow - I'm shocked at the suggestions of 9pm but hey - each to their own I suppose.

My 14 year old has lights out at 9:30pm at the latest and my 8 year old is in bed by 8pm.

We get both our kids up between 7:30 and 8am

Tracey - posted on 11/13/2009

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I have a 4 & 8 and they are both in bed at 8 with lights out by 8:30. It works really well for us!

Amanda - posted on 11/13/2009

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My 5 year old has to get up around 7 every morning so I put her to bed by 8 every night! "Experts" say that they need atleast 12 hrs of sleep every night but some are like adults and can go on less!

Stephanie Gretchen - posted on 11/13/2009

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Hello Odelia, I have a 7 year old boy, and he has to be up at 6:10a.m. so I put him to bed at 8:00. On Thursday nights I let him stay up till 8:30, because he only has friday left of his early week and it gives him a little something to look forward to. But if he wakes up grumpy, I send him to bed at 7:30 the next night. Good luck

Elidia - posted on 11/13/2009

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Bedtime for my 7 year old is 8pm but she gets up at 6:30am. Unless it is Wednesday night then she goes to bed by 9pm bc of church. And on the weekends she goes to bed by 10.

Valerie - posted on 11/13/2009

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7 pm is reasonable. Our children are sleep deprived and parents are deprived of needed relationshipo time. Studies show that loss of sleep is devastating to health so whether they lay down and read or fall right asleep I would set a goal of 7 pm whenever possible.

User - posted on 11/13/2009

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I agree with some of the other mothers who say it depends on the individual child and how much rest they need to be productive. My 12 and 13 years old sons still go to bed at 8:00 every night except on weekends (unless we have to get up early). If my 13 year does not get enough sleep he is cranky and in a bad mood all morning. They have had this 8:00 bedtime since they were little. I have tried to adjust it as they get older but as I said my oldest still requires that 8:00 bedtime so we have peace and cooperation in the mornings which then allows him and his teachers to have a great day.

Shannon - posted on 11/13/2009

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I'ma say 8:30-9:00 is a good bedtime for a 7 year old. That way she will get a full nights sleep. My daughter is 5 and she's in bed by 7:30-8:00 every night, as well as her 1 year old brother :) Just be consistent, cause the days my daughter gets thrown off her schedule she is craaaaaaaaaanky! LOL

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My son has to be at school by 7:15 am, so we have to be up by 6:30 am. He is usually in shower and getting ready for bed by 7 pm. That means he is in bed and going to sleep by 8 pm. I try to get him 10 hrs of sleep per night, and more if I can manage it.

Chrissy - posted on 11/13/2009

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My daughter just turned 7 in September and is in 1st grade. We get up at 7:30am and she goes to bed between 8pm and 8:30pm. It seems to do well for her but like other people have said it depends on the kid

Lisa - posted on 11/13/2009

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My 7 year old has to be up @ 6:30am for school so bedtime in our house is between 7:30-8:00pm depending on what we are doing. We have noticed that if we don't stick to this bedtime schedule as much as possible she gets out of sync and has a harder time during the day. It just depends on how your child adjusts . Try a few different times for about a week..and observe the outcome.

Leslie - posted on 11/13/2009

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My children are 9 and 10 and bedtime has always been 8 pm. Since they are getting older we are changing it to 9pm.

Sandy - posted on 11/13/2009

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Hi Odelia, I found that my seven year old is much more alert and able to concentrate during the day if he is in bed by around 7-7.30 pm. Especially if he/she is at school all day where they are doing lots of concentrating-good to have at least 10-12 hours of sleep. Obviously there will be times when daily routines are different for various reasons. All the best .

Brandi - posted on 11/12/2009

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At that age they need atleast 10 hrs. My son is 7 he goes to bed at 9 pm at usually has no problem gettin up at 7:30 am, sometimes sooner. So I would say 8:30 or 9 pm, if she has problems getting up then 8 pm.

April - posted on 11/12/2009

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I have a 4 yr old and 5 yr old that will be 6 in Dec...My 5 yr old is in kindergarten and has to be at the bus stop at 7am. I read them a book about 7:30 and lay them down at 8:00. I lay down with them and talk about the day, and usually they fall asleep talking. Sometimes they will fall asleep at 8:30, sometimes 9:00. My 5 yr old is hard to wake up in the morning, so I try to put her to bed no later then 9. They were both used to going to bed late and waking up late, but since school started, there has been a total turn around. You just have to work with your child and see how much sleep they need and what time you should put them to bed. Good luck.

Michelle - posted on 11/12/2009

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I have 2 boys ages 5 & 8, during the school week bathtime begins at 6:30pm and bedtime is no later than 8:30pm. I usually get them up by 6:30am, so they can have enough time eating and getting dressed to be at school by 8:00am.

Lakisha - posted on 11/12/2009

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i would say about 8 or 830 my boys go to bed about that time. they are 5 and3. the 5 yr old would go to sleep about 730 if he lays down at that time lol but we get up pretty early with no problems

Beth - posted on 11/12/2009

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I have three children 13,11, and 6 ... i start baths at 730 , 830 the 6yr gets read a chapter or 2 and bedtime, 9pm for5 the 11yr bedtime and 10pm for my 13 yr (although he goes up earlier some nights ) they all get up between 6-630 for school .

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Quoting Odelia:

What time is reasonable for a seven year old's bedtime? (she has to wake up by 7:15 am)?




most children that age from 4-9 nedd more than 9hr sleep. as they get old they want more sleep. i have 3 kids 2 teens one 11. they all like 10-12 hrs. if they had there way 15-24!!!! lol

Kaite - posted on 11/12/2009

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7Hi, My 4 yr old is in bed by 6.30 ready for a story, my 1 yr old is the same time. I then have time to spend with my 7 yr old boy who goes to bed at 7.30. They all get up around 7am so lots of sleep to continue doing very well at school! :-)

Melina - posted on 11/12/2009

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830-9pm...my five yr old has to be in bed by 8 pm she takes forever to get ready in the morning and I still have to help her...)o;

Lisa - posted on 11/12/2009

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my kids 7 and almost 9 go to bed at 7pm. If they are tired they fall asleep right away. Sometimes however, they keep each other awake and then they are grumpy in the mornings. but I think 7pm is a tad early, realistically I'd say 8pm would be a good bedtime. They used to have that bedtime and in the summer they do, but currently it's 7pm cuz of the time change...we'll be moving it back in the weeks to come

Stacie - posted on 11/12/2009

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My 7 year old goes to bed at 8 o'clock. She shares a room with her sister who gets up by 6 , but she could sleep til 7. I tried 8:30 to start, but found she was still tired in the morning. So I moved it back. If she seems to need more sleep some nights, I will have her go to bed a little earlier. Some kids need more sleep than others. You may just have to test out different times with yours to see where she functions best.

LaTonya - posted on 11/12/2009

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My 7 yr. old's bedtime was 8:00 pm, but she could watch television while laying in bed until 8:30 pm. I usually found her asleep by the time her show had gone off. Now she's 9 yrs. old, in the 5th grade and has a bedtime of 9:00 pm since she watches shows that come on at 8:00 pm. As long as she's asleep by 10:00 pm, I can usually wake her at 7:00 am and get her off to school without any problems. There are those occasions when she can't fall asleep until 11:00 pm sometimes no matter how hard she tries, and then it is harder to wake her so I get her up around 6:45 am to take a longer shower to rejuvenate her.

Amanda - posted on 11/12/2009

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I but my boys ( 9 and 4) to sleep at 7:30. They get to stay up later on friday and saturday but not much later. Everyone tells me that is to early but they are asleep by 8 every night and me and dad get the alone time we need. The boys wake up with no additude and sometime before the alarm with a smile. I have 2 older girls and they also had early bedtime with no complaints. As they get older i do adjust but under 10 years old needs more than 10 hours so it works for me.

Ashley - posted on 11/12/2009

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my 7 yro goes to bed between 730 and 8 weekends se can stay up till 9.....these time work good for us

User - posted on 11/12/2009

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I have a 6 year old and a 10 year old and i put them both to bed around 830pmso there asleep around 9pm.

Kim - posted on 11/21/2009

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Bedtime for my 7 year old is 8p.m. He has to get up at seven a.m. It was my bedtime as a child and it seems to work for him. Anytime he has stayed up later his mood has been bad the next day as well as his focus and motivation. I also keep the bedtime on weekends, holidays, and vacations. I know how it affects me when my sleep schedule is changed and don't want that for my son. Of course there are a few more occasional exceptions at those times. His mamaw chooses his bedtime when he stays there and if were out or there's a movie on he's been looking forward to then I'll treat him to a later bedtime.

Tahnaykay - posted on 11/16/2009

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My daughter is seven also and she has to be at the school bus stop by 7:10 and I have to get her up by 6 or 6:30 am and what I try to do is give her at least 8-10hrs of sleep so she is well rested I normally send her to bed around 8 or 9pm that's what I suggest as bedtime for a 7 year old hope this helps ;o)

Deserie - posted on 11/14/2009

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Bedtime for my 7 year old is 8pm. That way if he had a hard day he'll just fall asleep, but if he had a more relaxed day then it usually takes him about 10 to 15 minutes. He seems to always wake up refreshed. I used to put to bed at 9 but that was too late and he would wake up tried alot.

Robyn - posted on 11/13/2009

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I asked this same question not long ago. The nurses at the hospital told me that a child at the age of 7 needs at least 10-11 hours of sleep per night. Bedtime for my 7 year old is 8:30/9:00.

Elidia - posted on 11/13/2009

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Bedtime for my 7 year old is 8pm but she gets up at 6:30am. Unless it is Wednesday night then she goes to bed by 9pm bc of church. And on the weekends she goes to bed by 10.

Shannon - posted on 11/13/2009

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I'ma say 8:30-9:00 is a good bedtime for a 7 year old. That way she will get a full nights sleep. My daughter is 5 and she's in bed by 7:30-8:00 every night, as well as her 1 year old brother :) Just be consistent, cause the days my daughter gets thrown off her schedule she is craaaaaaaaaanky! LOL

Lisa - posted on 11/13/2009

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My 7 year old has to be up @ 6:30am for school so bedtime in our house is between 7:30-8:00pm depending on what we are doing. We have noticed that if we don't stick to this bedtime schedule as much as possible she gets out of sync and has a harder time during the day. It just depends on how your child adjusts . Try a few different times for about a week..and observe the outcome.

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