what is the best time to put ur child to bed on a school night?

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Not sure what time i should be putting my 5 yr old to bed on a school night...any ideas?

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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.

Jackie - posted on 11/15/2009

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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.

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Sara - posted on 11/19/2009

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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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Evelyn - posted on 11/19/2009

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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.

Iris - posted on 11/19/2009

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When my son was younger, I use to put him to bed between 7:30 and 8 at night. That gave him alot of sleep on a school night..

Denise - posted on 11/19/2009

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My gilrs go to bed at 8 p.m., but they also have to get up at 5:30 in the morning. My girls are 7 and 4 (5 in Jan.)

Patricia - posted on 11/18/2009

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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

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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

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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!

Shannon - posted on 11/17/2009

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i put my 3-6 year old to bed at 9pm on school night my 3 year old gets up couple times a night but my 6 year old seems to get enough sleep, haveing her on her routine bed time has seemed to help

Heather - posted on 11/17/2009

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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.

Kendra - posted on 11/17/2009

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My kids are upsatairs in bed reading at 7:30 and asleep by 8. They say they need 10-12hrs sleep a night!!!

Sharon - posted on 11/17/2009

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my son is 7 and kids in his age group usually need about 10-11 hrs of sleep every night. i try to have him get ready for bed around 8 and be in bed and asleep by 9 at the latest.

Simone - posted on 11/17/2009

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my oldest goes to bed at 9, and she's 10, my middle daughter goes to bed at 8 and she's 7, so around 7.30/8 for a 5 year old. just start the settling down period about 7 so she setted and ready for bed.

Michelle - posted on 11/17/2009

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All 3 of my kids go to bed at 8 pm on school nights. Not only do they wake up wide eyed and bushy tailed for school the next morning, but Mom gets some alone time before bed. It's a win win situation all around.

Cassy - posted on 11/16/2009

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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

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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.

Robin - posted on 11/15/2009

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I put my daughter to bed between 8:00-8:30 and she is 6, and she is usually up before the 6:30 alarm in the morning, just depends n the kid I guess and how much sleep they need. I know some are hard to get outta bed.

Jenevieve - posted on 11/15/2009

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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.

Caryn - posted on 11/15/2009

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My girls both are in bed asleep by 8 and we get up around 7:15 for school.

Shelly - posted on 11/15/2009

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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.

Rebecca - posted on 11/15/2009

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when my kids were 5 they were in bed by 7pm on a school night, 8 on the weekends.

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