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5 year old's sleep schedule

whats your 5 year old's sleep schedule? I finally got a job, so we're getting up around 5am, leaving by 6:30... i havent figured out a good time for DS to go to bed. before, it didnt matter; he was falling asleep between 10pm-2am and up by 9am. but now that we're waking up at 5- i have no idea what time to really put him down! lol

(the first night, we went to bed at 8:30.. the second night was at 9:30... last night, i put him in bed at 8:30, but he didnt actually fall asleep til about 10)

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Shy_Dia

Asked by Shy_Dia at 6:12 AM on May. 4, 2011 in School-Age Kids (5-8)

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  • oh! and he doesnt nap either. he does quiet time at the daycare, when the other kids are napping, but he's never been a big napper.
    Shy_Dia

    Comment by Shy_Dia (original poster) at 6:13 AM on May. 4, 2011

  • My 5 year old sleeps from 8 at night until 7 in the morning. They really need their sleep. For me 7-8 would be my goal.
    Melbornj

    Answer by Melbornj at 6:16 AM on May. 4, 2011

  • My dd (will be 5 in Oct.), her bed time is 7:30 and she gets up for pre k at 6:30am.

    This is what webmd.com says about it....

    3-6 Years Old: 10 - 12 hours of sleep per day

    Children at this age typically go to bed between 7 and 9 p.m. and wake up around 6 and 8 a.m., just as they did when they were younger. At 3, most children are still napping while at 5, most are not.
    L0vingMy3Girls

    Answer by L0vingMy3Girls at 6:26 AM on May. 4, 2011

  • By 7:45 you need to do quiet activities like reading and by 8:00 in bed, lights out. He might not fall right asleep, but he'll get used to the new schedule. I wouldn't wake him up at 5am though. You get up, get ready and prepare things that need preparing, then wake him up, get him dressed and feed him breakfast. Kids this age need a lot of sleep, our kindergarten teachers send out regular newsletters saying they need 11-13 hours to be alert and productive.
    slw123

    Answer by slw123 at 9:00 AM on May. 4, 2011

  • At 5 years mine were going to sleep at 7PM and sleeping until 7AM. At 1st grade we moved their bedtime to 8, but they could still sleep until 7AM. It's going to take him a few nights to get used to the new bedtime, maybe more than a few but stick with it.
    missanc

    Answer by missanc at 9:06 AM on May. 4, 2011

  • Yea, i dont really wake him up at 5am. i get up around that time and go to take a shower... its 2 floors above him/the room (ours is the basement... showers on the 2nd floor)... so either he just wakes up cuz of the shower (which he's never done before) or his body is telling him that he's got enough sleep. he was never a big sleeper- could function for 24 hours on just a 10 minute nap- even when he was 3.
    Shy_Dia

    Comment by Shy_Dia (original poster) at 10:12 AM on May. 4, 2011

  • I HAVE THE SAME CHILD AS YOU.
    WE HEAD UPSTAIRS AT 9PM
    REALITY SAYS EARLIER BUT, THAT WON'T HAPPEN.
    9-10 HE READS BOOKS OR JUST HAS QUIET TIME IN BED OR IN OUR ROOM.
    10 PM LIGHTS OFF AND HE LAYS AWAKE TILL HE FALLS ASLEEP.
    JUST QUIET TIME IS IMPORTIANT.
    YOU HAVE TO DO WHATEVER WORKS FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.
    YOU CANT HAVE A SCREAMING KID FROM 7:30-12AM.
    THATS NOT REALISTIC.
    IF YOUR SON IS RELAXING, THATS OK.
    MABYE LITTLE BY LITTLE HE WILL GO TO BED SOOONER.
    GOOD LUCK!
    TRACY1977

    Answer by TRACY1977 at 3:59 PM on May. 4, 2011

  • Good luck... if you have a night-owl/non-napper getting them to have enough sleep is almost impossible.

    I would aim for 8:00, if you can do that based on when you get home. That's late enough to seem "reasonable" but early enough he should still be able to get at least 8 hours of sleep if he's out by 9. They're really supposed to have alot more sleep at this age, but sometimes you can't make it happen.
    DDDaysh

    Answer by DDDaysh at 1:34 PM on May. 11, 2011

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