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Updated on August 23, 2011
D.M. asks from Carthage, MO
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just curious what time do you think a 6 year old should go to bed on a school night?

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answers from Reno on

At that age, my boys were in bed, lights out no later than 7:30pm because we were always up pretty early (5:30-6am-ish) and kids need LOTS of sleep. Even now, as teens, there are nights when my sons are in bed asleep by 7:30-8pm because they're worn out from the day.


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answers from San Diego on

7:30, so there out by 8:00. You will know if that's to early because he will wake up on his own before the alarm goes off!

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answers from Toledo on

For my DD we start getting ready for bed at 8 by the time she potties, brushes teeth...REALLY brushes teeth then read stories and snuggles she is usually in bed and semi asleep by 9

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answers from Spokane on

Depends on when they need to be up. I'd say kids that age need a good 10-12 hours (depending on the kid).

My 5 year old needs to be up at 6:30 for school, so her bedtime is 7pm with her being asleep by 7:30 at the lastest.

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answers from Portland on

I agree with MamaLucky. My grandchildren's bedtime when they were 6 was 8PM. They got up at 7AM. The books say kids this age need approximately 12 hours of sleep. Of course children vary in their needs for sleep. If 8PM doesn't work, try another time.

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answers from Phoenix on

my kids went to bed at 7:30 until they got to 5th grade. but we get up at 6am

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answers from Chicago on

My 6 year old needs at least 10 hours of sleep. During school she needs to get up at 6:30 AM so we put her in bed at 8:00 PM.

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answers from Los Angeles on

I would say 8:00. 8:30 at the absolute latest.

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answers from Dallas on

Lights out by 8pm for my 7 & 5 year olds.

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answers from Minneapolis on

Ten to 11 hours before they need to wake up.

The book "Nurtureshock" talks about recent research on the negative effects on kids of too little sleep. It was pretty shocking how much even an hour less of sleep affects kids ability to do well in school. Lack of sleep has also been linked quite conclusively with weight gain and obesity at all ages.

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answers from Jacksonville on

7:30 or 8:00 pm. Definitely not later than 8:30 though.

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answers from Daytona Beach on

my kids go to bed about 7-7:30p. i'm a SAHM though so if i worked it might be later. they sleep until about 6-6:30am, which is the time they need to get up so bedtime seems to work then for them. plus when i lay them down, we read so it's probably about 15 mins later then the times i lay them down. i was thinking about laying them down about 8 this year because they are changing schools and its closer so i don't have to leave so early. my kids are 5 & 7.



answers from Oklahoma City on

Ours start getting ready, bath, drying hair, etc...around 8-8:30 and to their bedroom around 9. If they are asleep by 9:30 that is 9 1/2 hours before they need to get up for school.

My friend has always told her kids bedtime at 10pm. They get up at 7 for school so they get 8 hours. They go right to bed and are asleep by 10:15 nearly every night. No fights, no arguments, nothing, they are ready and go.



answers from Boston on

My oldest's bedtime was 730 for a long time it's just recently bumped to 8 and he's 9 1/2 bu I'm not about to start my morning by fighting with a grumpy tired kd about getting out of bed.



answers from Kansas City on

my 8,6,4 year olds go to bed at 8pm during the school year!



answers from Topeka on

8:00 with an aim to have lights out by 8:30 - after story time and water bathroom again, etc.



answers from Chicago on

8 is the time we did until the kids hit about 3rd grade then up to 8:30 then at 5th grade we gave another half hour. But that was only if they were still able to function in the morning lol. I had one kid who still went to bed at 8 when he was in highschool because he just could not function without enough sleep.



answers from Las Vegas on

My opinion, a 6 year old should get 9 - 10 hours sleep within a 24 hour period.



answers from Kansas City on

I would say start at 8; by the time you brush teeth, chat, change to pajamas, and read it'll be 8:30/8:40. If you do, 8:30 it just delays to
9:00/9:10. Our son functions so much more when he is well rested.
He's a little older now but 9:00 is good. His reading is already done so
when he goes up it's brushing his teeth, changing and decideing what
to wear the next day. Heck, these school hours are kicking my _ _ __! lol



answers from Miami on

7.30pm was when my dd went to bed when she was 6, but preparing for bed started at 7.00. Now she is 8 and she goes at 8.45.



answers from Cleveland on

My almost 9 yo goes at 8:30, my 12 yo at 9:00.



answers from Detroit on

I think it varies with each child. Some need more sleep than others. My 6 and 8 year old both go to bed at 8pm. We do the whole routine (pajamas, teeth, story) and they are in bed by 8 pm and are allowed to read independently for a little while. My 6 year old usually falls alseep within about 10 minutes and my 8 year old will usually need to be told at 8.30 that it's "lights out" time.
The best way to guage with your own child is how easily they get up in the morning. Both my kids get up without having to be woken up so i know they have had enough sleep. If you have to shake your 6 year old out of bed every morning then he/she probaly needs to go to bed earlier.



answers from Los Angeles on

8pm bedtime if they get up at 7 or 8am.



answers from Springfield on

It depends on what time she needs to get up and how many hours of sleep she needs. I consider how many hours of sleep my boys need (they have different schedules) and what time I need them to wake up in order for us to have enough time in the morning. Then I count backwards to find their "bedtime."

Might take a few days to get the routine down, but you will :-)



answers from St. Louis on

7:30 PM.......for your 6 year old.

My 9 year old goes to sleep at 8:30 PM
my 13 year old at 9 PM
my 16 year old 9:30 - 10 PM

During school those are the hours we keep as everyone is up by 6 AM....
In the summer we stay up late and sleep in late.

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