What time is your 1 year olds bed time?

Sherri - posted on 02/18/2010 ( 140 moms have responded )

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my son is just over 1 year old and his bed time is 9. It was 11 and I got it down to 9...that took me 4 months. just wondering how early other babies bed times are. Thanks.

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Jen - posted on 02/20/2010

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When my son was 6 months old, I had him in a routine of going down at 7 pm and he would sleep until 7 am. I have actually read that kids that don't get enough sleep can experience problems in school and in other developmental areas. They tend to need about 12 hours (give or take) of sleep because they are growing at such a fast rate during the first few years of life. Now he is 2 (almost 3) and he still goes down pretty early at 7:30 and at the latest 8 pm (unless we have circumstances that get in the way of that) and still gets up between 7 and 8 a.m. I have observed that most toddlers are actually tired at 7 or 8 p.m. but will say that they're not! Yours is 1, so he may not be doing just that yet. My opinion is just that they need proper rest in order to function and grow. And most of the literature supports that as well. Good luck!

Michaela - posted on 02/20/2010

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My 10 month old and 2 1/2 year old both go to bed and 8. If I have something to do that night I sometimes manituplate thier naps and put them down at 7.

Sarah - posted on 02/20/2010

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We have a late bedtime because we want my husband to have some quality time with the kids when he gets home from work. otherwise they would already be in bed or headed that way when he got home.

April - posted on 02/20/2010

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My son is almost a year and he goes to bed between 7:30 pm and 8pm at the very latest. He usually doesn't wake at all until 6:30 or 7 am except to occassionally stir or change positions. I read somewhere that the earlier you put them to bed, the better they sleep. It seems to be true for my son. I used to put him to bed around 9 or 9:30 pm and he would wake frequently and cry through out the night. Since we started putting him to bed earlier he doesn't wake at all usually.

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Gina, I don't think you're lazy. We co-sleep too and my little one (6 months) is on the same sleep schedule my husband and I are: we are in bed about 9:30 and up about 8:30 (and awake 2+ times a night to nurse.) My husband is unemployed right now so I know that will change when he goes back to work. I wish I could put him to bed earlier but won't with out me there.

Annalea - posted on 02/20/2010

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WE START OUR BEDTIME ROUTINE AT 7..HE TAKES A BATH, BRUSHES HIS TEETH, AND THEN MY HUSBAND OR I READ A BOOK..THEN ITS TIME TO GET INTO BED AT 8 AND HE WATCHES BABY EINSTEIN TO GO TO BED..

Jamie - posted on 02/20/2010

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my son goes down between 630 and 7. he will wake up if he gets to wet, that is usually around 1230 or 1 in the morning then will go back to sleep til about 7-730.

Bethany - posted on 02/20/2010

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Charlotte turned 1 on 8th Feb. She has dinner at 5.30pm then bath and quiet play or we look at a book. Then around 7pm I breast feed her. She often goes to sleep straight after that and is in bed by 7.30. Sometimes she stays awake after her feed, but I put her to bed by 8. The 5.30 dinner is pivotal. Any later and she gets overtired and a bit crotchety. Then she sleeps around 11 hrs, lately. Until a few weeks ago, she woke every night sometime for a topup feed. She seems to have passed that now and is sleeping like she used to before her teath started coming through.

She also has a nap around 2 hrs after she gets up, and a nap around 3 or 4 hrs after she gets up from her first nap. But we are both early to bed people, so I just couldn't stay up late just for her, I need lots of sleep, so it's 8pm at the latest for us.

Milly - posted on 02/20/2010

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my son is 15 months old he has a nap at 11:30am the get up at 1:20pm n has an half hour nap at bout 5ish n still goes down to bed at 8pm hope this information halps hun

Laura - posted on 02/20/2010

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most of the time they get in bed by 9.. sometimes 8 if I want a break! I have to put them to bed a few hours before me.. thats my only me time!

Tracy - posted on 02/20/2010

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my son is almost 19 months and his bed time is 9 pm also and its been that way since he was 8 months...

Julie - posted on 02/19/2010

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don't worry my little girl is now 2 yrs 2 months and she still goes to bed about 9 - 9.30pm...only on a rare occasion she goes down by 8.30pm. probably coz my hubby gets home late and wants to spend time with her..

Brandi - posted on 02/19/2010

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My son is almost 2, but has had an 8 oclock bedtime until just recently when he refused to nap more than 45 mins. Now he goes to bed around 7 or 7:30. My daughter is almost 4 and also has a 7-7:30 bedtime :-)

Bonny - posted on 02/19/2010

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Between 8:30 and 9 every night, with a few exceptions:) He usually sleeps until around 7 or 8 in the morning, and takes a nap about every three days oro so. I sitll lay him down around 2-3 for one hour of quiet time. This has been his shedule since he was around 6 months old and he is now 2 1/2.

Gina - posted on 02/19/2010

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WOW! i feel lazy now...my first girl went to bed when i did,around 10and slept in bed with my husband and me. and my 2nd girl is only 3mo and somehow stays awake at night until 2 am! that's with me keeping her awake in the afternoons as much as i can!
some days i just need her to take that early evening nap so i can get dinner done!

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Our 17 month old used to go to bed at 5:30 but now its 6:30 and our 3 yr old goes down at 7:00, its great. My husband and I love our evenings together. God Bless!

Jamie - posted on 02/19/2010

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We were so very bad in the beginning! Because my son spent 5 1/2 months in the hospital, we never wanted to let him go when he came home. He slept on either mine or my husband's chests in the living room until we went to bed, anywhere between 11 to midnight. This lasted for about 6 1/2 months, but resulted in him being unable to fall asleep without being held even for naps. Was fantastic for mommy baby bonding time but I was afraid I would have a three year old that couldn't go to sleep on his own. So in January I started putting him to bed between 9-10. I wanted him to have time with my husband after work, and at this time he sleeps until about 8:30am. We brush his teeth, read two stories and then lay in our crib with paci and music. Most of the time he goes right to sleep, but sometimes he plays for a bit.

Jenn - posted on 02/19/2010

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My girls are 14 months and are in bed by 7pm every night, and sleep until anywhere from 6am-7am - sometimes they'll sleep a little bit later but only occasionally.

Theresa - posted on 02/19/2010

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We just started putting our 17 month old daughter down at about 9. Before that she was going at about 10. My husband usually gets home around 7:30-8:00. He gets some time with our school aged boys before they go to bed at 8:30, and then he gets sometime with his little girl while I'm putting the boys to bed. She loves her Daddy time, sometimes it gets drug out to closer to 9:30. Then after she goes to bed we get some time together. She sleeps until about 9 or so in the morning which gives me time with the boys as they get ready for school. It works well for our house.

Megan - posted on 02/19/2010

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I put my 15 month old down between 8-9, and she is usually asleep within 10-15 minutes. She also naps from about 12:30 - 3:30 though. As she is growing and becoming more active during the day, I have had to push her nap back (which worked out nicely because she sleeps longer!) and she is still tired enough by 8 or 8:30 to sleep until 7 or 8am. For us, the best thing was just to establish a routine and stick with it. To make bedtime earlier, we did it gradually. 15 mins earlier for a few days, then 15 more minutes for a few days, etc. But the routine stayed the same... brush teeth, change diaper, read a book, bed :) Hope this helps!!

Melanie - posted on 02/19/2010

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My son takes his second nap late @ 5 - 6:30, I wake him for dinner and he goes to bed around 10 pm.

Brittany - posted on 02/19/2010

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My son is 16 months old. & his bedtime has been 8:00 since he was like 5-6 months old. The latest hes went to bed was 9, but i do not let him stay up past that because no matter how late he stays up he still gets up anywheres between 6:30-8:30. and if he goes to bed later than 9, he's extremely cranky in the morning. If i put him to bed earlier than 8, he wakes up mad early in the morning. He has been on the same scedule for a while now. No matter what time he wakes up in the morning he always gets a nap at noon, right after his lunch . and sleeps for about an 1.5 hrs - 2 hours. everyday. And by 8 he is ready for bed.

Susan - posted on 02/19/2010

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Whenever she starts rubbing her eyes and tells me, "night night go sleep." Which is usually between 6:30 and 7 p.m. but sometimes a little later or earlier depending on the day.

Brittany - posted on 02/19/2010

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My son's bed time has been 8 o'clock since he was 8 months old, before that it was 7 o'clock. Now he's 19 months and it depends on what time he gets up from his nap but its still always btwn 8 and 9.

Lauren - posted on 02/19/2010

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my son is bathed at 6pm, bottle and cuddles at 6.30pm and in bed at 7pm :) works for us as we get the evening to ourselves then :)

Sherri - posted on 02/19/2010

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Thank you all so much for your posts! Tegan still has 2 naps a day. Morning and afternoon. I dont put him to sleep myself, I just put him in his crib and he goes to sleep...or he might cry a little bit, then go to sleep. I wanna try for 8:30 being his bed time but now that I know im not the only one that has the 9pm bed time, I dont feel like its wrong so Im not in any rush to change it!! Thanks again!! C=

Jane - posted on 02/19/2010

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My lil boy Cody, is 10 months old, and since he was 3 months old, he has been going to bed usually between 6.30pm - 7pm. I have been extremely lucky, touch wood, that since that time he has slept through - usually between 11-12 hours a night.

Nadine - posted on 02/19/2010

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I try to get him to sleep around 8, but sometimes he just stays in bed playing till around 10. The rule for my son is that by 8:30 he must be in his bed.

Kelly - posted on 02/18/2010

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My son is 17 months and he's pretty much always gone to bed between 8-9. I think that is a good time, that way parents can have a couple hours to themselves.

Shaina - posted on 02/18/2010

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My son is 11 months old but has been going to bed at 8 since he was about 4 or 5 months old. Thats what time he starts geting tired so we just roll with it. If he misses a nap hes gone to bed as early as 6:30 but no later than 9. Good luck!

Sarah - posted on 02/18/2010

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Hi my youngest is now two but when she was one she would go to sleep at about 7pm and wake at about 7am. Now that she is 2 she goes to bed at around 8pm and wakes at about 6am as does my 3 year old. =)

Delores - posted on 02/18/2010

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my 14 month old son goes to bed between 730 and 8. sometimes he'll seem fine and want to stay up later. but i dont allow him to stay up past 9.

Crystal - posted on 02/18/2010

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My daughter usually goes to bed between 8 and 9. She pretty much set that time herself. Of course there are days that she may be in bed as early as 7:30 or as late as 10.

Diana - posted on 02/18/2010

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Hahaha, the question we all want to ask! We start at 7:45 with my daughter who is 1 1/2, brush her teeth with water, I end up reading about 4 books to her depending on how quick she is to the bookshelf vs how quick I am to get off the floor and scoop her up, put her down, by then it's 8:15 - 8:20 that I am downstairs again, then some nights I'm back up 5 mins later, rock her for 5 mins, back down again and sometimes she's awake in her crib until 9 - 9:30 babbling to herself while other times she sleeps immediately. So you are doing GREAT having your son in bed by 9!!!! Hope this eases you mind :)

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