Question About Bed Times

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ImpatientMommy - October 19

I've heard a lot of people on here say that once it's 8:00 their little one just goes right to sleep and I've heard people say their bedtimes are 6 or 6:30 etc... well my daughter has a certain time that she'll go to sleep and definitel stay asleep except that this time is like 10 or 10:30. I've already had someone here say it doesn't matter how late they go to sleep as long as they sleep good during the day and what not and she definitely does. She sleeps like 8 hours straight at night, has a bottle, goes RIGHT back to sleep for like 4 or 4 1/2 more hours. So she definitely sleeps really good at night and she takes good naps during the day it's just from like 6 or 7 to her bedtime she just cat naps and is more interested in being awake. She isn't fussy or anything, well atleast not because she's sleepy sometimes her teeth hurt her but she's happy for the most part and just doesn'twant to go to sleep until 10 or 10:30, and when she does she's down for good. is this okay? because I sit there with her at 9:30 pm, playing with her, and feeling like a bad parent haha


JerseyGirl - October 19

I'm glad you posted this because my 4-month-old DS goes to bed no earlier than like 9pm. It only works out that way because of how often he eats, but I can't imagine the day will ever come that he goes down at 6pm... or even 7 or 8! I just don't get how that happens. I'm totally open to how parents do it, but our "schedule" never works out that way. Plus, I'm afraid that if he goes down that early that he won't sleep 11 or 12 hours. Also, if a baby goes down that early, the rest of the house is probably quiet, no? I don't foresee my DH or dog being quiet enough that early...


DDT - October 19

Once you start a early bedtime schedule (eg. 7pm) your lo will wake up earlier and your schedule will change. Instead of sleeping in till 10am, he/she will wake up at 7am.


DDT - October 19

Also, my ds can slept with a lawn mower going right outside his bedroom window. If your lo is used to noise from birth there should be no reason why he can't sleep through regular household noise.


DB - October 19

Around 4 months old is when my dd decided 10pm was too late. She would sleep from 10-6am...then she got tired earlier and earlier...Yes, I have the child who goes to bed at 6pm!!! She sleeps til 7am though...I think you can adjust the bedtime, but do it in like 15-20 minute increments til it's where you think it should be. 6-8pm are good bedtimes for babies. Good luck!


Gretta - October 19

Yeah my dd just kept getting tired earlier and earlier and I followed her lead and she started to go down earlier about 4 months and she pretty much goes to bed at 6:00 now and she is 7.5 months. But my dh also gets up at 6:00 and thats when she naturally starts to stir too so thats 12 hours for her.


mommybabyboy21 - October 19

if your schedule allows for this then go for it. I remember my mom purposely put us on a schedule where we wouldn't go to bed until 11 pm of course we didn't wake up until 11 am...but my dad worked 2 jobs so my mom could be a SAHM and he didn't get off his second job until 9 and wasn't home until 9:30-10 depending on traffic so if she didn't have us on that schedule we would never see our dad. I personally have my ds on a schedule of going to bed at 9 pm (because when I had a job..on the weekends I loved waking up at 9 am and I am a night owl) so now I get to choose when my days starts so I put my ds down at 9 pm know that at around 5 or 6 am he is going to want to eat but will go back down until 9 or 9:30 in the morning. As long as your lo is sleeping well and it works with your schedule keep it and not feel guilty.


ImpatientMommy - October 19

It happened again. Tonight at 9:55 she started doing her tired fussy noises, I put the soothie in her mouth and BAM, she's down, and I know she's down for good. It's like RIGHT at 10 it's time. She's 4 months and this just started, she's been doing this for a week now, I think it's just kinda funny haha but I guess it doesn't matter if she's getting 11-12 hours at night.


wailing - October 19

My ds pretty much picked 8pm on his own. Not really sure how it happened. I have a feeling that sooner or later he will start to go to bed earlier, he gets fussier sooner now. It used to be 10, then 9, now 8. It's odd b/c we are nite owls. But, it works b/c we have good adult time together after 8. Dinner, T.V, etc:-) Do what works for u. Your fine.


squished - October 20

Our lo goes to bed, usually, betweeen 7 and 8. It's nice and gives us time to eat dinner, watch tv and hang out together. I've read that a babies natural bedtime is around 7, but if 10 works for you and your baby then I'm not going to judge you for it :)


mamatom - October 24

my boy is exactly the same.. he will not sleep good if you put him in bed before 10 pm. He's 8 months now (next week) and if I put him to bed at like 8:30 or 9, he will wake up 4 or 5 times through the night. If I put him at 10, 10:30 he will sleep till 7, bottle, then sleep till 9esh. Then he takes 2 naps throughout the day about 1 to 2 hours long. I feel so guilty having him up so late, but since I go to bed around 10, 10:30, it works great for me.. We'll have a bath at 9:30 so he'll be ready to sleep and asleep by 10:30.. But for the rest of you, how do you get your babies to sleep 12 hours straight? *lol* Longest I got was 10 hours.. I've also found a connection between how much solids he eats.. More solids, better sleep.. SO you bet I'll be stocking him up at dinner time.. hehe!


Krissy25 - October 24

For a while mine wouldn't go to sleep any earlier than midnight, yikes! It's gotten better, now it's like 10:30 or 11pm, but she sleeps in in the mornings and i'm ok with that. I think as long as we can get to a resonable time by kindergarden we'll be ok.



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