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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Melissa - posted on 11/09/2009

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My son is 7 and has to wake up at the same time. I put him to bed at 7:30pm, so he gets the most sleep.

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My son goes to preschool m-w-f from 8:30am-3:00pm. I found on school nights he does best when in bed at 8:00pm but on weekends and days he does not have school it is usually about 9:00pm. But it all depends on how your child handles the hours in the day...Mine gets crabby about 4:30pm. LoL

Tiffany - posted on 11/09/2009

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My seven yr old has to be up at the same time so I put her to bed by 8:30 pm...that gives her at least 10 hrs of solid sleep

Tina - posted on 11/09/2009

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I think it depends on the child. Some children need more sleep then others. My daughter just turned 7 and her bedtime is 7:30PM, but she also wakes up at 6:30 to get ready for school.

Kelly - posted on 11/08/2009

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i have 3 kids and they are all in bed at half 7 normal a sleep by 8 and they all get up by 7 am up to the age of 10 they need at least 10-12 hours sleep so i would say half 7 bedtime .

LaKeshia - posted on 11/08/2009

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My eight and six year old sons are in the bath by 7 and in the bed no later than 7:45. After 8:15 is either Mommie & Daddie Time or ME time.

Carol - posted on 11/08/2009

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I'd experiment. No kid fits the mold perfectly. My two, 6 and 9, have endless energy and a built in alarm clock. They get up between 4:30 (thanks time change!!! gggrrrr) and 6:00 am regardless of when we put them to bed. We experimented and found that 8 pm to bed with 1/2 an hour of us reading to them and prayers with sleep time at 8:30 works so they don't become monsters during the next day. Very occasionally we'll stray from 8:30 lights out but 100% of the time we'll face the consequences of grumpy kids by 3 or 4pm the next day. A good routine and focus on the affects of the next day are the keys to success. The routine will hopefully keep the arguments to a minimum.

Sylvia - posted on 11/08/2009

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Mine is 7 and has to get up around 6:45 (I work 8-4, and she goes to the before/after program at school; in order for me to get to work on time, we have to leave the building at 7:10 to catch the 7:23 bus). She has to have her pyjamas on and teeth brushed by 8:00; then we read a couple of chapters, and she's allowed to read on her own, or not, until 9:00. Most nights she's asleep by shortly after 9.

I'd like her to go to sleep earlier, because I have to wake her on school mornings which I know is a sign she's not getting enough sleep (on weekends she gets herself up, usually around 7:30). But we get home around 5:30 most nights, and it's hard to get through dinner, homework, playtime and toothbrushing any earlier than 8:00 without my feeling like a drill-sergeant :P

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I have a seven year old daughter she gets up at 7:45 for school, my prefered bedtime for her is 8:30 altough this sometimes proves problematic as she has an older brother. You soon learn roughly how much sleep your child needs.

Amanda - posted on 11/08/2009

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i have 4 children that have to b up at the same time i have a 3 yr old a5 yr old and n 8r old and a 10 yr old i put them to bed on school nights aound 7.30pm that way they gt enough slee and dnt look tired in the morning and they attendbreakfast club so they r ontim for that too hope it helps

Kim - posted on 11/08/2009

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my 7 year old goes to bed at 8, and up at 715. same applies to her younger sister who gets up on her own ( before her sister). i have to wake up the 7yr old, every morning. so every kid is different, i suppose.

Jessica - posted on 11/08/2009

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I put my 8 year old and 5 year old twins to bed at 7:30 p.m. on school nights. They have to wake up at 7:00 a.m. I find they are less grumpy going to bed at this time. I've tried almost every time between 7:30 and 9:00 p.m. and they are BEARS in the mornings. Even though they go to bed at 7:30, they usually aren't asleep until around 8:00.



I've also found that putting them to bed any later causes behavior problems in school for mine. They seem to have more listening problems when they went to bed later than their normal bedtime.

Shannon - posted on 11/08/2009

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my 7year old is down about 7-730, but has to be out of the house at 720am. so it dpends onthe child/situation

Michelle - posted on 11/08/2009

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kids that age still need 10-11 hours of sleep my son goes down at 730 and he's up at 6

well rested kids go to bed easier and they do better in school...

ALBA - posted on 11/08/2009

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I would say 8:00 pm, that's the time my 6 yr old goes to bed...he fights and cry for me not to turn off the t.v...but by 8:30 pm he's knocked out.

Lisa - posted on 11/08/2009

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8:30 - 9. Make a schedule...get her use to it. Shower....books..bedtime! =) my daughter is going to be 6 and she has it on lock! ;)

Priscilla - posted on 11/08/2009

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i think a resonable time is around 9 o'clock, i have a 3 school aged children and i put them all to bed by 9 and i wake them up by 7 so it all works out....

Jessica - posted on 11/08/2009

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I have two children, 9 yr old boy and a 6 yr ld girl. Since they started school I always put them to bed around 8pm. That way they have a good night sleep and get up without any grumpiness : )

Stephanie - posted on 11/08/2009

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My 7 year old shuts down after 8pm. So we start bath times around 7/7:30 and have them in bed by 8. She is often out immediately-but some nights we'll chat quietly-pray or dicuss something she only remember to speak up about at that time. So by 8:30pm it's always lights out. We do our best to stick by this time even during holidays and special events. On the rare occassion she goes to bed later it truly affects her next day and she's much more likely to get sick. I don't think I'll change the bedtime until she's ready and able to handle it. Until then this also gives the hubby and I a small spot of time together before we too crash.

Amy - posted on 11/08/2009

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My 7yr old takes a shower at 8pm, in bed by 8:30pm and is asleep by 9pm. He gets up at 7:30am. Sometimes he is asleep by 8:30pm just depends on how tired he is.
I think the most important thing is to create a bed time routine. My 9yr old will not go to sleep until you turn on her fan, turn off her light and kiss her goodnight. Sometimes it seems like a pain but then I remember she wont be little forever. I will be sad the day she doesnt want to be "tucked in".

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Alicia - posted on 11/08/2009

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i would say around 8:30 or 9 is about the norm for most households with children
i usually make 7:30 the time when we all sit in the living room and watch something to wind down and that helps bed time become not so much of an issue

Sandra - posted on 11/08/2009

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It depends on the child. If she needs 12 hours of sleep like my 6 year old I would put her to bed at 7pm but if she doesn't need as much sleep you could go as late as 8:30pm.

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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