What is a good bedtime for a two year old?

Kristen - posted on 12/17/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )




We have been putting him down between 7:00pm and 8:00pm, but lately he has been staying up in his bed for a bit longer. I wonder if it's the transition to a toddler bed or if I am okay to just keep him up later.


Autumn - posted on 12/18/2009




I have been using a bed time ritual ever since my daughter was born! Its always dinner anywhere from 5-6 play time in between 6-8 and then we clean up and hit the bath and then she usually goes to bed anywhere from 9-9:30. I know it may seem a little late but she enjoys the extra time and it wears her out a little more for her to get a deeper sleep and when she wakes up from 8-9 in the morning she is in a great mood and eager to start her day!

Cheryl - posted on 12/18/2009




i have a three year old and one that will be two in february and they both go to bed between 9 and 9:30 pm.

Jamie - posted on 12/17/2009




Personally I think it depends on the child. For us putting him to bed before 8:00 is too early. Usually around 8:15 and 8:30 is a good time for us. We also have a routine where he gets a book read to him and then I sing a couple of songs while rocking him and then I put him down in his bed and he falls alseep on his own. I think that have a nightly routine is important for both you and your child.


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Between 7 and 8 is bedtime for my 21 month old depending on when/if he napped. He is almost always asleep by 8:15. Up usually between 6 and 7.

7:30/8 is 'bedtime' for me and my girls (8 years) as well.... :)

Angela - posted on 12/17/2009




I once read in a book this little pearl of wisdom and its a point we never really thought. First off, my daughter is stubborn and getting her to bed has been a struggle, mainly getting her to sleep. She will gladly go into her room and play for hours on end and not sleep at bed time. Then I read in this book, that you can not PHYSICALLY make a child go to sleep. You cant force someone to sleep, it wont happen. The book suggested that you send your child to their room at a specific time that works for you (ours for our three year old is 830-9pm) and that is quiet mom and dad time. She can look at books and play quietly in her room untill she is tired and goes to bed but she cant come out. The TRICK is that you wake them up at the same time they always get up....so if your routine has you up at seven am every morning then you wake up and get your toddler up at that time too... For the first week or so your toddler will probably play late into the evening in their room but after waking up at seven every morning they will eventually go to bed earlier because they are tired. I hope that this makes sense. It works for us. Most nights our toddler goes to bed and falls asleep by nine. And she gets up at eight with me every morning. Occasionally she will stay up untill eleven playing in her room...and then the next day she is tried and normally crashes right at bed time... lol

Erika - posted on 12/17/2009




My 2 year old son was never a good sleeper. I finally got him on a routine about a year ago, just before I had my daughter. I wish he would go to bed earlier, but I'll take what I have. He goes to bed at 9pm and wakes up around 9am. I think he stays awake for a little bit, then goes to sleep. We just converted his crib to his toddler bed last week. He's adjusted farely well so far. I don't think you should change his bed time, he'll adjust on his own. It's up to you and what you think is best.

Hope this helps a bit.


Roxanne - posted on 12/17/2009




my Daughter who will be two in January goes to bed at seven, half seven and wakes up at about eight, half eight.She doesnt have naps in the day but that only stopped since i put her in her 'grown up' bed and it did take a few weeks for her to settle down back into her usual routine after we made the transition it just took persistance.

Deantanise - posted on 12/17/2009




I believe it has a lot to do with moving to a toddler bed because he is not used to it. If you keep him up later he will wake up later and it will possibly end up with him sleeping late and going to sleep late. Try playing some relaxing music like nature cds with ocean sounds and stuff like that.

Savannah - posted on 12/17/2009




My 2 1/2 year old and my one year old both go to bed at 7:30 every night. They sometimes play in their beds for a while before going to sleep but they go to sleep on their own and then wake up at about 7:30 in the morning.

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my 2 yr old is also in a toddler bed and and is pretty much past the "napping" stage. He goes to bed around 9:00- 9:30p.m. and wokes around 7:00-7:30 a.m. if that helps at all

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