Is 6:00 too early for bedtime?

Allyson - posted on 03/04/2009 ( 20 moms have responded )

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My daughter (turned 1 a few weeks ago) gets cranky early in the evening. She usually takes a nap around 2 and eats at 4, and by 6 she's obviously tired again. We've tried putting her down that early, but she just cries and cries. Right now she'll go to sleep easily if she does down at 8.

I'm wondering how early anyone puts your 1-yr-old to bed, and how long they sleep? If I can't get her to bed at 6, or to take another nap, how can I get her to just relax???

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Jo - posted on 03/15/2009

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both my kids went to bed at 6pm everynight till they were 6. My oldest always needed more sleep anyways, so it was a habit we got into early. we had a routine of after 4.30 pm everyting was turned down and soft music was only played they were bathed and ate by 5pm every night and we spent the last hour doing quiet things to get them to relax. I did burn lavender essential oils as well in the evening, but that is just something I have always done. The only other thing I can remember doing when they were toddlers was I had a cd in their rooms playing medative music softly to encourage relaxation, you can find them in most libraries or meditation shops for children. Good luck with the bed time blues

Amanda - posted on 03/12/2009

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Typical day for us - Wake 8am, nap after lunch for 2-3 hours, 7:30/8pm bedtime.

I don't know about you...but daylight savings really messed us up! I too have the same trouble...super cranky around 6pm. I've discovered that I CANNOT let him nap between the hours of 4pm & bedtime (which is normally 7:30/8) or else he'll wake a few hours later and stay up til midnight. Although I'm not a fan of children watching TV, I do let him watch the BabyFirstTV Channel so that I can get supper made and on the table. Otherwise, he's at my feet whining and wanting to be held and I get NOTHING done!

Babycenter.com gives good info (by age) for total # of hours your little one should sleep in a day.

Do what works for you. As long as she's getting the recommended amount of sleep then it's ok. :)

Larissa - posted on 03/08/2009

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we go through a cranky period between 5 and 6 pm she is tired but if she goes for a nap then she won't sleep at night, so we suck it up and she goes down at 7 pm for the night

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Yourlittlepieceofqueso - posted on 06/05/2015

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I have a one and two year old. We wake up early around 8 nap at 11 then bedtime at 8. Or whenever its dark out. If they don't see the sun. Its less likely for them to want to play.

Philavy - posted on 03/09/2015

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My daughter is 16 months and her bedtime is at 6pm. Her dinner is at 4:30-5:00pm. Story time is between 5:30-5:45pm and she gets a bath right after her story time. My daughter likes her milk warm so I make her bottle right before her bath and put it in hot water and by the time she gets out from her bath and I dress her in her pajama her milk is nice and warm. Then it's snuggle time with mommy and I would sing her a couple songs. I love this because it's great bonding time with her.

Kamrin - posted on 03/15/2009

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My little guy has dinner at about 430-5 then a bath right after and when hes already for bed i make him a bottle and read him a story by the time all this is done its between 6-630 and he sleeps through the night until about 7 or 8 in the morning



he was one on the 3rd of feb., he likes to sleep just like his mom

Rhiannon - posted on 03/14/2009

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hi i put my 1 yr old down at 6 and she wakes up at 8 she dose wake up at 12 4 a bottle tho

Becky - posted on 03/13/2009

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My daughter who just turned three used to have a bath at 7 and be in bed just after half passed. But i found i could not wake her the next morning, she does not have a afternoon sleep! So recently we started bathing her at half six.



My son Oliver has just turned one and sleeps on and off through the day, sometimes he will nto sleep until 9 which is a nightmare! If i could get him to go down earlier i would, i have tried to reduce his naps but when my little man is sleepy he is sleepy!!! lol

Elizabeth - posted on 03/13/2009

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i put my 13month old to bed at about 6.30, she rarely has naps in the day, and she wakes at about 8 am next morning sometimes waking during night if she cant find her dummy

Rosa - posted on 03/11/2009

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Have you thought about a couple of sleeps during the day? My daughter is 13 months old, and she wakes up at 8am, has a nap around 10.30am, then has another nap at 3pm and then is ready for bed at 8pm. It works for her, and us too. She is usually tired enough by then to enjoy her sleep.

User - posted on 03/11/2009

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my 13 month old son is in bed @ 7pm every night as he is a early riser and a 20-30 min sleeper during the day.

Melissa - posted on 03/10/2009

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I would say its a bit too early. My daughter who just turned 1 3 weeks ago is also very cranky and tired around 6 pm. I found though that what works best is putting up with the crying for one hour.... while doing the bedtime routine. By the time I put her to bed at 7pm she is so tired and crashes. If you want to move her bedtime down a bit for 8... I suggest move it down by half hour increments over a week period. If I put my daughter to bed at 6.. she ends up getting up super early... and that just doesn't work for me. I put her to bed at 7 pm every night and she wakes up sometime between 7-8 am in the morning. Hope this helps! Good Luck.

Sam - posted on 03/10/2009

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If she is used to going ot bed at 8, then 6 may be too early for now as her body clock isnt used to it. How about trying her at 7? You could try doing something relaxing like giving her a warm bath and a baby massage and having a cuddle and reading her a story. If you do this about 6 or when she starts getting cranky, it may wind her down and relax her til bedtime. Hoepfully then, she will settle down nicely.



My 1 year old has been having a 7pm bedtime since she was about 8-9 months old and it seems to suit her well but, as you know, every baby is different, so it will be a case of trial and error til you find a routine and time that suits her.

Nancy - posted on 03/07/2009

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My husband and I start the process of putting my daughter down at 6:30 pm. She seems to signal that she has had enough of the day and generally will not go down later than that. I think to get your daughter to relax though, you may want to play her some soft music and rock her or read some books and then start the bedtime routine. When my daughter gets cranky before bed, we sometimes sit with her and let her have her pacifier and read a book or two. Something relaxing first to pass the time and then you can transition right to it.

Leslie - posted on 03/05/2009

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my baby has slep thiugh the night since she was 4 mth old and her bed time is 7:30-8:00



but we stare at 6:30

Renee - posted on 03/05/2009

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My son who was 1 in February 9th  has always from birth gone to bed by 5pm every afternoon. He can stay up later without a hassle if we have to go out for dinner or something but since he was 6 months old and cut his first teeth he has slept a full night sleep from 5pm in the arvo till 6am the next morning. I actually like that he goes to bed at that time because it gives me time with my older daughters to help with homework and cook dinner and even have some mummy time.

Tanya - posted on 03/04/2009

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I started giving my little guy a snack around 3-4 & dinner around 6-6:30. If he's super cranky between 4 & 6, we go out - to distract him. If we stay at home & I have to focus on getting dinner for my husband or other things, he just fusses, making us both miserable. I also sometimes let him have a little nap either earlier or later in the day which helps (some of the time) too. Hope this is helpful & Good luck. =)

Medusapain69 - posted on 03/04/2009

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i have the same routine! My daughter has her dinner at 6, bath by 6:30/7 pm (depedending on how long it took her to eat her dinner!) and in bed by 8, sometimes she is in bed by 7, depending on how long her afternoon nap was. And she is up at 8 the next day.

However, not everyone is the same, my friend has a 16 month old and he has been going to bed at 6 from the very beginning! (though he does wake her up much earlier than 8 in the morning!)

User - posted on 03/04/2009

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We start our bed time routine at 6;30 but he's not usually asleep until 8. He starts getting cranky too but is happy as soon as he's in the bath at 6:30. Then we do reading and singing before settling down to sleep. He sleeps until about 7 on most mornings, though lately he's been up at 5:30 or 6 wanting a bottle. He'll drink that and then go back to sleep for an hour or so.

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