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    Default 7pm bed time

    7pm bedtime is my preference for kids to give DH some time together before we go to bed.

    What time do your children go to bed? I have friends who’s kids are up until 9/10 at 2-4 years of age.......

    I have an almost 6 week old who will not settle at 7pm no matter what we do she’s up until about 9:30 before she finally settles for the night. I know (I think?) this is normal for this age but it’s so draining I couldn’t imagine doing it long term. My 2 year old goes to bed at 7pm and has done so since about 4 months or so.

    Some nights I’m in bed by about 9, and almost always before 10. Hubby is a night owl and is up until 11:30ish most nights.

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    Both of my boys (5 & 2) go to bed at 7. They are usually pooped by then!

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    We have an 8, 6 and 5 year old who all go to bed at 7pm. They're up between 6 and 7am every morning so they're more than ready for bed at that time. When they were babies we would start their bath then feed routine at 6pm but the actual time they would be asleep would vary from anywhere 7pm onwards

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    My 8 and 6 year olds are in bed at 730pm and up at 7am on weekdays. Weekends are later to bed but basically up at the same time.

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    2 year old and he’s pretty much had a 6:30pm bedtime since a newborn. He goes to bed at 6pm if he’s over tired/unwell. Sleeps until 6am. A later bedtime doesn’t make him sleep later but he barely lasts any later! I like it as it gives us a good evening of peace/tv

    I don’t understand how parents have kids up really late - when do they get time away from kids to be adults??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yogis Mumma View Post
    I don’t understand how parents have kids up really late - when do they get time away from kids to be adults??
    With DS it's not a choice. DD was a 7-7 sleeper from 12 weeks, 8pm bedtime from 7-9yo and now at 11 gets ready for bed from 8.30 and asleep by 9. But some days she takes herself off to bed much earlier still.

    I think DS is allergic to sleep. He tells me he hates sleep, that it's boring and he has work to do. He didn't start sleeping through until 2yo, dropped day naps a couple of months after that. We used to try putting him to bed when DD went at 8pm and he would just keep sneaking out of bed, playing with every toy, or staying in bed and 'reading' every book he could reach on his shelf. We would have so many tantrums as we'd be turning his light off, patrolling to keep him in bed doing nothing, removing every toy from his room etc. Every night was a battle!

    Then we stopped fighting it. He now, at 6yo, goes to his room at 9pm when DD goes to bed but is usually up 'working' (colouring, drawing, Lego, building, reading and more recently writing) until anywhere between 9.30 and 11pm. Wakes at 7am (by me) on BSC days and 7.30 (by himself) on school days/weekends.

    I do miss a couple of hours of time to myself and find myself staying up later than I should just to watch a show after he's in his room. He's pretty good with staying in his room quietly now and always puts himself to bed once he's ready, so that's our way of getting some kid free time.

    We have very routine afternoons and evenings, TV goes off at 8pm at the latest. No iPad on weekdays. No 'screens' in bedrooms (including ours). Dinner is at 6pm. He gets lots of active outdoors time and does swimming plus cricket or football. If he goes to bed early then I know he's coming down with a bug!!!

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    10w old and 3yo both 7pm. Although the 3yo was earlier tonight due to being sick. And then has been up and down ever since!

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    DS (8) goes to bed at 8.30 up at 6.45 on a school day , this works well for us as DH comes home at 6.30 pm and we have dinner together by 7ish then by the time DS showers and hangs out with DH for a bit it’s 8ish, lights out at 8.30

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    Default 7pm bed time

    7pm for my 8 year old, between 6 and 630 for my 1 and 3 year olds. They all need the sleep as they are early risers. I need some time out in the evenings too!

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    I’m amazed by people who can get their kids to bed by 7.

    DD is 6, it has always been a battle to get her to sleep. She is normally asleep by about 8.45. When she was 3-4 it was often 9.30!!!! I tried and tried to get her down earlier but it never worked. She is up between 6.30 and 7 most mornings.

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