Bed Time

Sharon - posted on 02/17/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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Hello I'm Sharon mother to miss Emmy. I was just curious as to what time ya'll are putting your babies to bed? I recently had someone tell me that 8:30 wasn't early enough. I felt offended at first but I'm open to change if it would be better for my daughter. With my husband working all day and not getting home in the evening untill 6 ish, We keep Emmy up so she can have some time to spend with her daddy. She sleeps through the night and wakes up in the morning at 8:30. So she is getting 12 hours of sleep a night along with a 2 hour nap during the afternoon. Give me some feedback moms! I am happy and content with her schedule but is it really true that babies get better sleep when they are put down early???? Thats what I was told.



Thanks a bunch



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My 16 month old is usually down for the night around 8 - 8:30 at night.  My husband also works til 6 and it just doesn't seem right to be putting our son to bed only an hour after he gets home.  I try to be consistent with his bed time but I'm not STRICT about it yet.  Until he starts school, Daddy time is more important than staying up later than other people (who don't live in your home) think he should.  I say as long as your baby is getting enough sleep then do whatever works for you.  Thing is, with my son, he takes an hour nap in the morning and a 2 hour nap in the afternoon, goes to bed around 8 but then he's up at 7am....sometimes earlier.  I'd LOVE it if my son slept til 8:30 and I can't believe I have come to think that 8:30 is "sleeping in" lol! 

Joy - posted on 02/25/2009

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She is getting the right amount of sleep for a baby so I wouldnt worry too much if thats what is working for you. She sounds like a happy baby. If you change it around now she might start waking. I put my son down for the night at 7pm and he wakes at 7am and this works for us.

Jessie - posted on 02/17/2009

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I also do a 8:30 bedtime.  Do whaterever schedule works for you.  The most important part is the routine.  I myself noticed that this was the time my son (now 10 months) would often go down, so we made a routine around that time.  Also Daddy time is very important time.  It is nice that people care and want to help with advice, but you have a good thing going. 

Melissa - posted on 02/17/2009

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My daughter makes her own schedule...even though I try to have her go down at 8:30 she fights it until 9:30 no matter what. So her schedule is 9:30 and she has a big nap during the day. So dont feel bad, whatever works for you and your family :)

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I don't think 8:30 is early at all and it sounds like your daughter is getting plenty of sleep and that's the most important thing. I have a friend who puts her child to bed at 7:00. If I did that then my son would never see his father. Every child has different needs and its not fair for anyone to criticize your child's schedule. My 2 year old son is a night owl and always has been. His average bed time is 10:00 and he usually wakes up at 9:00 and then takes a 2 1/2 to 3 hour nap in the afternoon. My husband doesn't get home from work until 7:00 so this gives him plenty of quality time with his son. I also enjoy waking up and taking a shower and drinking my coffee in a quiet house before my son wakes up. I know moms that are up at the crack of dawn and are tired all day so I think we are pretty lucky! I'm not going to worry about changing my son's schedule until he goes to preschool. Right now, I am happy with the way things are and it sounds like you are too.

Ashley - posted on 02/17/2009

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Mine go to bed around 8-9 every night.... baby he is 6 months around 8 pm goes to bed. This gives me more time with big sister who is 3.5. who goes to bed around 9 pm.

8:30 sounds like it works really well for you guys and I don't see anything wrong with it.. She needs to see Daddy as well..
My mother told me when we were kids we went down at 7 pm... so she had some of the night to relax.... I told her thats crazy if mine went to bed at 7 pm they would be up at 5 am lol...

Michelle - posted on 02/17/2009

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I think 8:30 is fine. My son has always gone to bed around that time and he gets plenty of sleep. As long as your daughter is happy, thats all that matters.

Rachel - posted on 02/17/2009

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I think if it works for your family, it's a great idea! I know on the weekends when Daddy is home and routines change, I sure can tell!



My kids go down between 7:30-9:30 (averaging around 8:30 right now). Aiden sleeps until 9:30 (he probably falls asleep closet to 9pm) am, Lydia is up between 5am-7am. ONCE she slept til 8am. Putting them down later doesn't seem to help them sleeping later.

Cathie - posted on 02/17/2009

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i think your schedule sounds great for your family.  it is important for emmy to see her daddy , and if she is sleeping in until 8:30 i would say you are a very lucky mom!!

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