what is the best time to put ur child to bed on a school night?
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Jackie - posted on 11/15/2009
My 5 year old is at least relaxing in bed by 7 pm if not asleep. He is definately asleep by 8 pm every school night and weekends too. I believe sleep is important no matter what day of the week it is. Weekends, holidays and summer vacations are not a reason to stay up later and mess up your natural sleep cycle. Then again I haven't used an alarm clock in over 5 years so I am really intune to my own sleep cycle.
Evelyn - posted on 11/19/2009
I put my 6 year old to bed at 8:00pm on school nights. He is up in the morning around 5:30am 5:45am because my husband gets up at that time to go to work on the weekends we put him to bed around 9:00pm and he is up at least by 7:00am if not earlier.
My son just turned 3 and still sleeps 12 hours so I put him to bed at 8:00 so that he is ready to wake up at 8:00 the next morning. Most of the 5 year olds that I know still require 10 hours of sleep which is the recommended amount of sleep for that age.
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Sara - posted on 11/19/2009
I've read in various research areas that preschool age kids (3-5) need 13 hours of sleep...so depending on what time you wake... :)
For my kiddos, here's what we do:
6:30pm - nurse 13 month old, put her to bed
7:00pm - 2 year old to bed
7:30pm - 6 and 8 year olds to bed, 8 year old reads until 8pm
All of the kids wake up between 7 and 7:30am. :) Good luck to you!!!
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Patricia - posted on 11/18/2009
My daughter stopped taking naps when she was 3. She is a very energetic girl. We have a routine in which we follow each night. I think that is the important thing here. Your child will let you know when it is time to sleep. My daughter also gets up at the same time in the morning. My girl is in bed sleeping by 8:30 PM. You will know what your childs "body clock" is just follow the signs. Also, Give yourself some "self" time at the end of each day.
Ann - posted on 11/18/2009
A 5 year old still needs 12 hours of sleep-approx. If she's up at 7:00am, I'd be putting her down by @ 7:30pm. Their little eyes usually look redish right around the eyeball when they're tired. My daughter (now 16) used to ask to go to bed and for naps-I know-strange child.
Wendy - posted on 11/17/2009
I make my 6 year old get in bed at 8:30-9:00 but she is aloud to watch tv for a bit. She is plenty rested in the morning. I figure as long as she gets 8-9 hours she should be good and making her get in bed early helps with my alone time!
Heather - posted on 11/17/2009
My daughter just started kindergarden she is 5 going on 6 in Dec. I put her to to bed between 8:30 and nine and she is always up between 6:30 an and 7:30 and we set the alarm at 8am. She dosn't have to be to school till 9am.
Cassy - posted on 11/16/2009
I put my 9 and 6 year old to bed at 7:30 every night school night or not. We start early with a bath and stories to calm them down. Absolutely no tv after 6:30. They wake up happy and ready for the day! Kids need lots of sleep. Good luck!!!
Brandi - posted on 11/15/2009
My kids are in bed EVERY night at 8. My daughter has half day preschool twice a week in the afternoons. AFTER school, she usually goes to bed at 7:30 because she misses a nap on school days. At five years old, she should be getting about 11 hours at night plus maybe even a short nap. so just as long as she is getting the right amount of sleep.
Jenevieve - posted on 11/15/2009
When my oldest started kindergarden I put her to bed at 8 pm. She seemed way too tried and cranky when she come home from school. So I started putting her to bed at 7:30 pm. But she was still cranky when she'd came home from school. So I put her to bed at 7pm and that seemed to be the magic number for her. Just test her out and you'll find the right time for your child. Trust yourself that you're a good mom.
Shelly - posted on 11/15/2009
I have 3 kids 5 yrs old. I usually start getting everybody ready by 6:30pm. We like to do some reading or other quiet activities to help relax. Lights out by 7-7:30pm, then asleep by 7:30-8 pm. I usually pay close attention to their behavior and deviate some earlier or later as needed.
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