WHAT TIME SHOULD U PUT A 2YEAR OLD TO BED?
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Melissa - posted on 05/15/2011
Whatever works for your family and your situation, honestly. We put our 17 month old son to bed between 9 and 10. If he's tired earlier and wants to go to sleep we let him, but we stay up late so we enjoy having that free time of the day to play and cuddle and just spend quality time together. We have friends who put their kids (roughly the same age) to bed around 7 or 8, and I always think that's so crazy! The day doesn't even start winding down until about 5, and I want more than 2 or 3 hours to devote to my little one. Not to mention if we made him to go to bed at that time he'd be up at 5 am lol. Even when going to bed at 9 or 10 he's still up anywhere between 7 and 8. People think we're crazy sometimes, but it works for us. So whatever works for you, that's what's best.
Karen - posted on 05/17/2011
i always put my little 1 up at 7pm and she slept until 7.30 but every child is different, try it and see wot happens, if ur little one is up 2 early in the morning try putting them to bed a little later , they may wake up later for you then, its all about routeen good luck xx
Charlene - posted on 10/20/2012
I put my 22 month old to bed at about 8 but she doesn't fall asleep until about 9. I have tried putting her to bed earlier but this causes her to wake up at 4 or 5 in the morning, wide awake and ready to play. I have found that by putting her to bed at 8pm/9, she wakes up like clock work at 7:15am, right in time to get breakfast, get dressed and head off to school. She takes long naps at school...at least an hour but sometimes up to 2 hours. This routine has worked great for me.
Amanda - posted on 10/22/2011
This is a mystery to me. My 2 year old is home with my husband all day. Hubby doesn't like to get up early, so Jacob is in the habit of sleeping until 10am, noon, 1pm, and then maybe a nap mid evening and up fighting sleep at 2,3, and 4 am. I work 70 hours a week, and am gone from 7am to 9:30 pm. Can't force them out of bed in the morning, then have to be up half the night listening to hubby trying to fight the boy to sleep. Uggghhhh...
Hope you are having better luck than me.
Ashley - posted on 05/16/2011
My sons are 20 months, and 4 years old. They go to bed at 8:00 every night. At 7:30 we start our bedtime routine, bath, teeth, read a book. Then they are in bed by 8:00 sharp. They usually sleep till 7:00-7:30 in the morning, then they take a nap at 11am, and get up just in time for lunch. Sometimes my older one even asks "is it 8:00 yet?" When hes tired lol.
Kelly - posted on 05/15/2011
Kids this age should have at least 10 hrs of sleep, so it depends on when they normally have to wake. When my kids were two I usually had them in bed around 7:30-8pm, as I needed them awake by 7:30 the next morning so I could get to work. I now have a 4 yr old and 9 yr old and they both go to bed by 9 on wknds and 8:30 M-F. I realize it can be difficult to get them to bed so early sometimes - esp in summer when it's so light outside. Does your child nap? Mine did, and I tried hard not to permit napping after 2pm, to ease them in getting to sleep in the evening. Hope this helps - good luck!
Meredith - posted on 05/14/2011
Definitely depends on the child. What works for one does not always work for another. My son is 4 and has never gone to be earlier than 9:30. If I were to put him down sooner than that, he would be wide awake at 4 or 5 in the morning! He now gets up between 7 and 7:30 am (on his own). He also takes a 2 hour nap during the day.
Bianca - posted on 05/14/2011
I put my son to bed around 8. We usually have dinner, play a little, go take a bath, then bedtime. He usually HAS to be up by 7, but on the weekends he sleeps in. It's really whatever fits best with your schedule. People don't know your routines, so don't let them bash you if you put your child to bed at a later time.
Elizabeth - posted on 05/14/2011
I agree that a schedule and early bedtime are best, however, kids are all different. My daughter was never a good sleeper. She stopped taking regular naps around 2 and typically goes to bed at 9 and wakes about 8 or 8:30. If you can get them in the routine of early to bed and early to rise that is great, but some kids are different.
Tasha - posted on 05/14/2011
since my son has a younger "brother" (a 1 year old nefew of mine that we live with) who goes to bed at 8, we have to wait untill hes completly asleep before putting mine to bed, or hell wake up my nefew, and its a pain to put him back to sleep. he usually gets to bed between 830 and 9. it really depends on your schedule, like i used to work night shift and had to sleep late, so he went to bed at 11 or 12 and would wake up at ten, so i could get enough sleep
Angela - posted on 05/14/2011
It is definitely what works best for your family....we have to be up and out of the door at 7 a.m. daily, so my oldest daughter (2 years 9 months) is in her room anywhere between 7:30 and 8 p.m. She generally falls asleep shortly after that. She gets up around 6:30 every morning.
Kelleigh - posted on 05/14/2011
Because my husband worked a regular daytime schedule, our household followed that schedule, so when my twins were young, 8pm was around the norm for us. Gave them time for dinner with dad, bathtime and storybook time with both of us. However, I have some mothers of twins friends that don't put their kids to bed as early because their family is just on a different schedule.. I really is what works best for your family..
Kellie - posted on 05/14/2011
my 2 1/2 yr old girl goes to bed the latest at 8pm, and wakes up round 7 - 7.30am, has a few hrs sleep after lunch. she does fight it sometimes but eventually gives in as she is soo tired :) all you gotta do is get them in a routine and then they are fine
Krissy - posted on 05/12/2011
oh wow im a bit more strickter than that i put my girl to bed a t anywhere between 5pm and 6 30 depending on weather she had a daytime sleep. my 5yr old son goes to bed at 630 pm and falls asleep by 7-730 most nights they both wake up at same time due to the fact that they wake each other up anywhere between 7am and 8am (thank goodness school is just up the road) young kids need as much sleep as the ycan get some defy the system while others have moods over it i had a couple of weeks were we fell asleep at 9pm or so and woke up at 530 am or so i soon put a stop to her antics. i hope this helps and good luck
Allie - posted on 05/12/2011
We have a really good schedule with our son (3 in June)... we do dinner as close to 630 every night... then bath, books, bed, prayer... so he's in bed (not asleep) by 745 and is typically asleep by 815... that said, we do have off nights every now and then... and he doesn't typically take a nap (but does do a 30 minute quiet/alone time in his room a day) and he wakes up about 730-8 every morning.
Theresa - posted on 05/12/2011
My 2 1/2 year old goes to bed between 8:30 and 9PM. She wakes up usually about 8:30AM. She quit taking naps about the time she turned 2. Once in a great while she'll fall asleep on the couch during the day. I'm a SAHM so she doesn't have to be up at any particular time.
Krystyn - posted on 05/12/2011
My son went to bed at 8pm but didnt take a nap during the day. he usually got up around 7 730am. if she takes a nap, it really depends on how long she slept. if she doesnt take a nap then id say around 8pm. Jarrett (my son) sometimes takes naps, the days he doesnt his bedtime is at 8 and when he does take a nap his bedtime is at 9. he usually wakes up around the same time everyday whether we put him to bed late or early.
I don't know what other moms do but for my little one, she is almost two, she currently goes to bed at 8pm and the usually wakes up between 7 and 730 am. Then she takes about an hour nap in the afternoon. But we have a babysitter that comes to the house so she doesn't have to get up in the mornings.... Before when we had her in daycare she went to bed at 7 pm and was up at 6 am. That is the amount of sleep she seems to need... If she gets less than that she is so cranky and has meltdowns. Hope this helps.
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