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    We have a 'loose' routine for our kids now 2, almost 4 and 5.

    I think we need to be a little tighter on their routine including tea time and bath etc.

    At the moment all share a room but thinking time to put DS 5 I'm his own room. He starts school next year.

    What is a reasonable bedtime and at what age do you let them stay up longer

    They have a DVD player in their room so while they go to bed about 7 we let them watch a movie or 2 as they supposably go to sleep. I'm thinking this should stop too.

    Opinions please and what works for you


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    I would put the 2yr old down first (say 6:30pm at the latest) the 4yr old 30min later and 5yr old 30min after that. Get rid of the TV in the bedroom, instead read them a book each and put on some sleeping music. Let the older two do something special in that 30min - we let our 4yr old have dessert while waiting for 2yr old to go to sleep - usually it is fruit, sometimes a small ice cream cone. This I use as a bribe. She loves this special one on one time that getting her to bed is no issue as she knows if she doesn't then tomorrow night she goes to bed at the same time as the 2yr old without treats.

    You just need to find what works for you, but the less light and stimulation the better - falling asleep in front of movies would be a big no no in my eyes.

    Good luck

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    Yeah I would drop the movie and stagger sleep times too. We do dinner as a family, little bit of tv time, then bath, book in bed and sleep.

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    Yeah I think I gotta do more reading with them. They love books


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    got rid of the tv after we came back from all our holiday travels. There was some protest especially from ds 5.

    I got him to choose 2 books and sat down and read them all some stories. All went to bed after that. DS 2 got up a few times but after put back immediately he got the picture.

    Last night was night 3 and they seem to be in routine already, and .... they sleep


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