My two younger ones (5 and 2) are in bed by 7pm and my older one (8) is in bed by 7:30 pm. They get up between 6:30 and 7 am. I think many parents would be surprised if they actually looked into how many hours of sleep are recommended for their little ones.
My daughter (20 months) goes to bed by 9 at the latest normaly she is out by 8:30 and my son (4years old) goes to bed by 10. He hates going to bed earlier because he wants to be a big boy. If he doesn't take a nap durning the day he goes to bed at 9.
@mamamonkey - I love my kids, but after spending all day with them I would LOVE for them to be in bed that early. My 2 and 3 year old seem to have trouble going to bed at 8:30. Maybe they are over tired by then, but I can't seem to get them to bed without a fight, and my 2 year old has started acting up at bedtime. We have him in a big bed already though, and that's probably half the problem. But we have an almost 5 month old, and she needed the crib. I know they supposedly need a lot of sleep that young, but my 3 year old is up at 6 every morning, even though he goes to bed at 8:30, I can't seem to get him to sleep in. And he doesnt take a nap, so I don't know how to get him the reccommended hrs. of sleep.
So, anyways, in response to the original question, my 2 & 3 year old go to bed at 8:30, and my almost 5 month old isn't down for the night until 10 right now. Can't wait until that moves earlier, but for now we enjoy some quality time without her brothers at night.
My children have always gone to bed early. I have never understood parents who say "he/she won't go to sleep before ___" Parents decide the bedtime. The child can go to sleep or not. It has been my experience that they will fall asleep eventually and I don't really care if they lay there, sing, talk to themselves or their stuffed toys. My husband and I need the time in the evening to relax and unwind and have alone time. I have never had my children fight bedtime because they had a bedtime from the time they started sleeping through the night. We have a bedtime routine, so they know what is coming. If they continuously get out of bed, their bedtime the next night is early (in 5 min. increments for each time they get up) of course if they have to go to the bathroom that's different (but they better really have to go!). That rule usually keeps them in their beds. Again, the parents are the parents...they are the ones that should be making the rules. Children should not be allowed to stay up until they decide it is time for bed, or until they fall down in their tracks asleep!
I'm surprised to see that so many parents have their kids going to sleep anywhere from 9-11:30.. when I was little my mom had me in by by 7:30-8, probably until somewhere around 4th grade! I remember being so upset because "the sun wasn't even down yet!!!" Hahah.. hopefully my kids will get to bed by 7-8 until around the ages of 9 or 10.. the little ones definitely need that 10-12 hours of sleep. After that, hopefully I'll be able to adjust as time goes on.
My 10-month-old usually goes down between 8-8:30 at night, but she fights it like crazy. We started doing the whole "sleep training" thing around 5 months and she had it down, but recently she's been screaming when it's bedtime. SO frustrating. Once she's asleep she's down for good though and doesn't wake up until 8:30 in the morning.
I'm a grandma of seven now but my boys had early bedtimes. I had what we called two "big boys" and two "little boys". The oldest two were 17 months apart, and the youngest two were only 14 months apart. But there was a three year gap between the two sets. When they were small, it was 7 pm for the little ones and 7:30 for the big boys. That way I was able to get the little ones settled so I could spent some time with the older two and not be stressed trying to get all four down at once. Bedtimes were slowly made later by 39 minute increments until they all reached 9 p.m. and there they stayed until they were entering their teens. The only difference was that I allowed the oldest one to get to stay up 30 minutes longer than his younger brother due to his place as oldest and having the most responsibllties. With four sons, there was general a complaint from someone about having to go to bed, but down deep, they knew this one one thing that was never flexible. They needed the sleep and I needed the relaxation. My husband was in the Marines for 20 years and was gone for a year at a time every couple of years. So I got my rest and recuperation when and where I could.
Wow, there's a lot of late babies here! My 8 month old goes to bed between 7-7:30pm and has been waking up around 6:30-7am. I have been wondering if we should try to move his bedtime up a bit, though, especially on days when his last nap was earlier than usual.