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Mom's Talk Q&A: What is a Good Time for "Bedtime"?

Do you let your teens stay up past midnight on the weekends? Do you keep a set time for sleep for your toddlers?

What is a good bed time for kids?

Teenagers like to stay up until midnight, while younger children push 9 p.m. or later. Is that enough sleep? 

Do you have set routines for your child?

How do you help when the change to Daylight Savings Time begins?

Share your tips with other moms, dads and caregivers in our community.

Kim B March 22, 2011 at 08:13 PM
My kids are 7 and almost 9 years old and their set bedtime is 8 pm. We try and have dinner finished up by 7 pm so that they can both shower, brush teeth and read books (both alone and with mom and dad) before 8 pm. On Monday nights we go to a small group Bible study though, so we don't get home until 8:45 or 9 pm. I balance this with an earlier bedtime the next night. I think kids in this age group (5-10) need 9 to 11 hours of sleep. With our busy schedules, it doesn't always happen… but the kids are certainly happier on the days that they get more rest! I also instill a no TV or video games rule for the weekdays. Too much time in front of the screen can interfere with children falling asleep right away.
ALC March 22, 2011 at 08:37 PM
My boys are 5 and 4. We try to be in the bathtub by 6:30pm and in bedrooms by 7pm. We read books together then the 5 year old will sit in his room reading through books until close to 8pm. My 4 year old usually turns his music on after reading and is asleep by 7:30pm. I try to kee the schedule, but soccer just started and two nights a week, and we won't be getting home until after 6:30pm, so we'll be making slight adjustments starting this week.
Mindy Choporis March 23, 2011 at 02:35 PM
My baby goes to bed at 7 and my preschooler goes to bed at 8. My preteen has the least flexible bedtime (9:30) because she has to get up for school so early in the morning and doesn't have the option of taking a nap during the day to catch up on sleep. I think that bedtime rituals are important. Reading books is a fabulous way to bond with your child and settle down after a long day. My preteen surealy doesn't need me to read to her, but she reads before she goes to bed too. Reading is a fabulous way to unwind.
Erin Castleberry April 12, 2011 at 12:56 PM
My kids 5 and 7.5 go to bed at 8-ish. Occasionally, there is a special reason to stay up, but the hour is based solely on how the kids handle their load. If they are cranky during the day or seem particularly well-rested and full of energy I adjust bedtime accordingly. I have always used this "rule" even when they were babies, but we have always hovered around the 8pm hour so that they have time with Dad when he gets home from work and still maintain an adequate sleep routine.

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