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what time do you put your child to bed?

my son is 3, and for a while i was putting him to bed at 10, just because he gets a 3hr nap every day, and even going to bed that late he still wakes up around 8. but a lot of people are completely shocked when i tell them what time he goes to bed, because they're children go to bed around 7 or 8. so, just recently i started just giving him a one hour nap, then put him to bed at 9. do you think this is too late?

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Asked by Anonymous at 10:27 PM on May. 23, 2010 in Preschoolers (3-4)

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  • It doesn't matter what time you put him down as long as he gets his 10 hours, or whatever it is. If you have nowhere to go the next morning, it's fine.

    Answer by Pnukey at 10:31 PM on May. 23, 2010

  • Oh, sorry, but to answer the question, my kids go to bed at 8:30, but when school gets out this week, it'll change to closer to 9:30 or 10. My kids are 10 and 5.

    Answer by Pnukey at 10:32 PM on May. 23, 2010

  • My son is only 11mths but he takes a 2hr nap and then goes to bed around 9-9:30 and then wakes up at about 6:30 every morning.

    Answer by momluvsmiles at 10:37 PM on May. 23, 2010

  • Our son has recently started skipping most naps so that he gets in bed 7-9pm, depending on when he woke up.

    If it's a day he naps, he's up til midnight. Sometimes I can get him to bed by 10:30 or 11:30, just depends on the day.


    Answer by Anonymous at 12:29 AM on May. 24, 2010

  • Think ahead. It's important for your son to not only get enough sleep, but also be on a schedule that works for preschool or kindergarten. The sooner that is in place, the easier your mornings will be when he does start school.


    Answer by teacher-author at 9:28 AM on May. 24, 2010

  • Right now we're at 8 pm but sometimes they're not asleep until 8:30... in the winter it was more like lights out by 7:30 and sometimes a bit earlier. They are 20 months old and 3 years old. Right now they're sleeping until 7 am and napping every day.

    Answer by EmilySusan at 12:43 PM on May. 24, 2010

  • Paige was in head start so I made her got to bed by 8. She will be 4 in july. Even though I put her to bed at 8 she didn't fall asleep till 10:30 or 11 and was still up by 1 and then back to sleep at 2 and then was up by 5. She has ADHD we found out and now has to take some meds to help her sleep. Now I give her 1/4 a pill at 4 to start calming her down and then I give her a pill at 7 and she is asleep by 8 and sleeps till about 6:30 in the morning.

    Answer by Nicole_2007 at 7:31 PM on May. 24, 2010

  • also she doesn't take any naps through the day

    Answer by Nicole_2007 at 7:31 PM on May. 24, 2010

  • our twins have always had a bed time of 7-8 Usually 7-730. They are up at 6 am and take an 1 1/2-2 hour nap. If we put them to bed at 9 or 10 they are still up at 6 doesn't matter. if it is a special day or we are staying somewhere else they will go to bed about 8.

    Answer by MomofTwins07 at 9:13 PM on May. 24, 2010

  • My 3 and 4 year old DD's go to bed at about 8:30 ... I think most important thing is to just make sure they are getting the full 10 to 11 hours

    Answer by reagabismom at 10:03 PM on May. 24, 2010

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