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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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.

Martha - posted on 11/11/2009

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Kids age 7 need between 10-12 hrs daily. The sleep Dr advised me that we all should go to bed at the same time each night and get up the same time everyday, even on weekends. (Schedule) If a child is fighting a virus or live a busy stressful lifestle then of course they need more sleep to help recover quicker. A adequately rested body should awake in the a.m. at the same time daily withOUT an alarm.

Pernette - posted on 11/11/2009

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I have a six and 7 (soon to be 8) year old girls. I notice that the little one really needs her sleep. I try to put them to bed at 7:30 every night. I have done this since they were babies. The only time that I veer from that schedule is if homework has taken too long or the weekends. My husband and I get up at 6:30am and the girls are up by 7am (if not sooner). If they are fully rested they will get up on their own. I notice a big difference when they don't go to sleep on time. They are crankier in the morning, and both of their teachers tell me " She was wonderful in the morning, but after lunch she had a meltdown". Then they fall asleep in the car during the ten minute ride to pick up my husband.

Having them on a schedule has really helped. I try to stick to this schedule (even on vacation). We usually do homework while waiting for hubby to get off work. Then we have free time/family time, then dinner and baths. Followed by having them each read to us, prayer, lullabies, hugs and kisses. Within 5 minutes they are out.

Maureen - posted on 11/11/2009

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My son is almost 7 in 1 more month and I get him in bed by 7:30 for a story and then lights out by 8:15.

Qiana - posted on 11/11/2009

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well i say that depends on how well do she get up if its a problem then i say 7:45 the latest but other that that i say maybe 8 i have two boys myself 7 n 10 they r so used to going to bed at 9:30 that they start shutting down around 8:30

Simone - posted on 11/11/2009

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I have a 4, 5 & a 10 year old bedtime is 8pm sharp because they have to be up at 6am to catch the school bus at 7am so they need to be well rested.

Catherine - posted on 11/11/2009

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Hiya, I have 3 boys ages 9, 4, 2, there bedtimes are a half hour apart with my youngest at 7pm, sometimes my 9yr old gets to stay up to 8.30pm but like you they are up early aswell. I make it up to him at the weekend where he gets to stay up late to watch dvds and have a 'picnic' in his bedroom. At the end of the day you know best! If you have bother getting her to your desired time try pulling the time back every other night by 10mins, that way she won't notice and you are the one who's 'winning' Good Luck.

Elaine - posted on 11/11/2009

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at 7 I start "prepping" my Son for his shower, about 7:30, he showers and brushes his teeth, by 8pm he is in bed, He tries to resist sometimes, but by 8:15, he is OUT, If he really cranky, he goes down by 7:30pm, he gets up in a great mood.

Kim - posted on 11/11/2009

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I have a 7 year old son and he has to be up by 7:15 also! He goes to bed every night at 8-8:15. Any later than that makes mornings miserable! It makes it easy for us to have a set bedtime that is relatively early...it gives us room to maneuver if we have to! Weekend bedtime is usually extended an hour, but he usually still gets tired around 8.

Juli - posted on 11/11/2009

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My son is 7 and he gets ready for bed around 730pm and then we read from 8-830 and thens its lights out. He gets up around 7am. It really does depend on the individual child and how much sleep they need.

Sacha - posted on 11/11/2009

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I would say about 8pm is a good time cause then you have time to yourself before you go bed.

Kristi - posted on 11/11/2009

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Mine is 8 and he is expected to be in bed and tucked in no later than 8:30. It seems to work for me to set him on that schedule, and when he has no school I let him stay up until 10:00 (providing he doesnt have to go to daycare.

Tami - posted on 11/11/2009

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Depending on how much sleep she needs, I would say 8:30 or 9:00 would be reasonable. Set up a schedule (bath, book, relax and wind down time).

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I have a 7yr. old and we try 8:30, but if he's real grumpy and doesn't want to get out of bed in the morning then it goes to 8:15, but usually in the morning if i tell him his bed time will be bumped up 15 mins. that usually gets him up and dressed real fast, his wake up is 7:00 for school.

Sharon - posted on 11/11/2009

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my kids 7 & 8 start getting ready for bed at 7.45 to be in bed for 8. by the time they fall asleep it is about 8.30, we try to incourage them to read a couple of pages of their choice of book,

not every night this happens, but i find its a good routine to have them in bed by 8 because after being in the house or working and getting dinners and homework done and tidied up, you need you time to wined down!

at the weekend they still go to bed at 8 but they get to watch a dvd in bed which they take turns picking.

hope this helps you... remember you need your own time too to relax with a cuppa and a choccie bickie.;)

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How much sleep does your child need? Is it a typical 12 hour sleeper? Or only a 10 hour sleeper? If it needs more sleep, put it to bed early, if it is a consistent 9-10 hour sleeper, then later.

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Our 7 year old daughter goes to bed at 8:30 and wakes up at 7:00. We have told her that when she gets into 5th grade her bedtime will go to 9:00 and as long as she does well that will be her bedtime until high school.

At this age though, she is getting plenty of sleep going to bed at 8:30.

Tara - posted on 11/11/2009

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my kids go to bed at 9 and they get up at 7am and they are fine at school and they out at 3 and they fine all day do homework and want go outside and play until 6 dinner and bath time in bed at 9 so they are happy and me to.

Jessica - posted on 11/11/2009

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it depends on how much sleep your child needs to be well rested. I put my seven year old to bed between 8 and 8:30 he he has to be up at 6:45 but most of the time he is up before i go in to wake him.

Meena - posted on 11/11/2009

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My son is 7 years old and we made a schedule together for the whole day. He goes to sleep around 8:30 or so. Hope it helps.

Anita - posted on 11/11/2009

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I say start at 7-8pm...depending on how much sleep she requires,how easy it is for her to wake up in the morning, how easy it is for her to fall asleep, etc. No later than 8pm.

Autumn - posted on 11/11/2009

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My kids ages 5 and nine get up at 7:45 I put them to bed at 9pm. They usually start to settle down around 8:15

Jamie - posted on 11/11/2009

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My son will be 7 next month, he wakes at 6:50 each morning. He takes a shower, has a snack, brushes his teeth between 8-830pm. From 830- 840 (about) I read to him and then he gets 20 ish minutes of TV. Lights out at nine. It works great! No problems in the morning and if he is tired, he will often fall asleep during his TV time :)
Good luck and rested mornings!!

Melissa - posted on 11/11/2009

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I have a 9 year old and an 8 year old. We put them to bed at 8:30, and they are alowed to watch tv until 9:00. They get up at 7 and it works out great.

Shannon - posted on 11/10/2009

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My daughter is almost 8 now, and she goes to bed at 7:30. and wakes up at 6am. It is perfect for her. However what ever works best for you and your child is always best. I just never believed in kids to young being up so late. many people keep kids up till 10pm and i dont see how that can work and have the mornings be pleasant too.

Ms - posted on 11/10/2009

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8, 830 would be a good time, thats the time my now 7 rd old goes to sleep.......hope that helps :)

Dee - posted on 11/10/2009

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I have a 5yr old and a 7yr old. They go to bed at 7:30pm on school nights and no later than 9 on weekends. Their both up around 7am. You have to gage your child and how much sleep they need. My 7yr old needs around 11 hours of sleep to not be cranky the 5yr old is fine on 10, I think it is child specific.

User - posted on 11/10/2009

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I would have to say about 7pm or 7:30pm. I have four children 2, 4, 6 and 8. They are all on a schedule. Never had a problem. They have been on this schedule for so long, they are conditioned. They are actually yawning and saying I'm ready to go to bed at this time. Their school starts at 7:50am. So up at 6:30am. That's mainly the reason I set this schedule. So it really depends on your needs but I believe no child should be up past 8:30pm or 9pm.

Chesa - posted on 11/10/2009

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I don't really know what is a preferred time,but I put my six yr. old to bed between 8:30 and 9:00. And she gets up at 7:30. My daughter needs lots of sleep. LOL

Kayren - posted on 11/10/2009

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I have 3 kids, a 9 yr 8 yr old and a 5 yr old. My youngest goes to bed at 8pm, my other 2 at 8.30pm. Thay get up between 7 & 7.30 am, well saying that my 9 years seems to be going on 15 lol and pulls the cover over his head in the morning lol. Seriously though as long as your child still gets 10 hours then she should be fine.

Amanda - posted on 11/10/2009

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I put my 6 year old to bed at 9, he is usually asleep by 9:30 and is up by 6:30 or 7 am. It is pointless for me to put him to bed sooner,he will not fall asleep. He is a morning person and is ready to wake up when it is time. I really think it depends on your child.

Dinnah - posted on 11/10/2009

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our kid since he went to school needs to be in bed by 8:30 giving him 30 mins to fall asleep. it works well.

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I find that my daughter wakes up better when she gets to sleep around 7:30. It used to be 9 but i slowly moved it a half hour earlier everynight. & with it getting dark early it works out.

Isna - posted on 11/10/2009

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I have a 6 and 4 year old they both go to bed around 7:30 or 8:00pm. We get up at 6:30 during the week so they really need to get at the least 11-12 hours each night. The weekends I let them stay up until they drop, which is usually 9:30ish

Karissa - posted on 11/10/2009

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I would also say it depends on the child. My daughter is 7 and has to be up by 6:30 A.M. Depending on how tired she seems she is in bed anywhere from 7-8 PM. It seems as if she functions better when she gets more sleep ;)

Marcie - posted on 11/09/2009

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My daughter and I get up at six for work. I put her down between 7-7:30. You can really tell when she goes to sleep any later than that.

THERESA - posted on 11/09/2009

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I thank a good time for your little one should be 8:30pm. My som is 13 and send him to bed at 9:30pm. They need a good night of sleep to be ready for school.

Charrisse - posted on 11/09/2009

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I Have Three Boys, My Oldest Is 12, 4,2 They All Go To Bed At 8 - 8:30pm For years this has been there bed time! We get up early to commute so this is why that time works now on weekends they stay up till they drop... Literally, lol

Sumandhi - posted on 11/09/2009

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My daughter is 7 and goes to bed at 7pm and wakes up at 7:30. Most kids at her age need 12 hours of sleep.

Anna - posted on 11/09/2009

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My Son is 7 and he goes to bed at 8pm. We read him a book and he is usually asleep by 8:20.

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)

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.

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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