Here at Mouths of Mums, we always seem to be lamenting the fact that at least one of our children are tired.

All brought on undoubtedly by the fact that they were late to bed the night before (for any number of reasons).

I don’t think there’s any magic formula and try as I might I sometimes attempt to put one of my children to bed before the others.  Isn’t it fair that the 9 year old gets to stay up later than the nearly 4 year old? Rationally, of course. But try telling the little one that.  I’ve tried to explain to her that when you sleep you grow and that she has more growing to do, but she won’t be in it.

So, we’ve reached a good middle ground that seems to work for everyone.  My two daughters (who share a bedroom by choice) both are ideally in bed by 7.30pm (and that’s stories read, teeth brushed etc) with lights out and no talking.  Oldest son (9) goes to bed at the same time but reads for between 30 and 45 minutes, depending on what type of day he’s had or what type of day he has coming up the next day.

The girls have seemed to accept this as a compromise – at least he’s not down hanging out with us or watching TV.

Some days if they’re all going crazy, World War III is erupting and hubbie and I are getting cranky, I just call it quits.  We drop everything, abandon any hope of clean teeth and just get them to bed.  I have been known to put them to bed in their clothes depending on how tired they are and how urgently they need to sleep.  It’s nothing a bath and a big brush in the morning won’t fix.

What’s the night-time schedule like in your house? Any tips for mums struggling to get consistency in bedtimes? Anything you wish you’d done differently? And do you let them stay up late on the holidays?

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  • Ideally I’d like my one year old in bed at around 7.30 but she goes to sleep when she feels like it! I have no idea how to get her to sleep earlier

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  • My eldest is 9pm and my youngest normally 9pm too…lol.

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  • little boys is whenever we can get them down, teenagers are 9 on school nights and 10ish on weekends and holidays

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  • My daughter never went to bed before 8. Generally 8:30 and growing up 9. Now she’s 15 and 9-9:15 is still her bed time.

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  • 7.30pm. In terms of consistency, I think a routine is very important.

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  • Depends on their age. From baby to end of primary school, bedtime was 6.30 up to 8.30. Obviously gets later as they got older

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  • routine is important. 7.30 at my house but daylight savings tests things at times

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  • Early :) That was an interesting article! Thanks for sharing!

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  • Dinner, playtime and book reading is all done by 7pm as our little one instantly starts to get tired by 7.30pm

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  • Dinner at 5/530 then a bath, then quiet time until milk at 630 followed by a book or two and bed at 7pm.

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  • We try really hard to get the kids in bed by 7.30 but realistically its usually teeth brushing & story time so they don’t get to bed until 7.45 and usually asleep by 8pm. I find any later and they are just frazzled the following day and prone to melt downs around dinner time. We have an 8 & 4 year old and for us so long as they’re asleep by 8pm all is OK

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  • Our son is now a teen so bedtime is 9pm at the latest, but a little bit later on Friday and Saturday nights. 9pm is in bedtime, pretty much with lights off depending on the build-up. It works well and we have withstood the pressure of later bedtime. Apparently our son is the only one who goes to bed this early!!!

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  • I’ve loved reading everyone’s answers. Our kids have a set bedtime each, which is usually very effective, but its out the window tonight. 3 hours after bedtime and I still have 2 out of 4 children wandering the house.

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  • My daughter is 8 weeks old and shes in bed by 7.30 she still wakes for feeds but at 7.30 when we put her down we don’t hear a peep out of her.

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  • Our boys are in bed by 7:30pm after story time. They are up at 6am in the mornings.

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