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Children’s Bedtimes and Routines | Is There A Right Way?

When my children were younger we had a very strict bedtime routine. It usually involved the Cbeebies bedtime hour, a bath, milk and a bedtime story, all by 7pm. These days our routine is much less rigid and I feel like it’s getting out of control as the kids are going to bed later and later.

The children no longer care for milk or CBeebies and they would much rather watch the iPad for a little longer than have a bedtime story. We do baths or showers every other day now, just because life is busy and we struggle to fit it in every evening.

In terms of bed times, Evie, who is 4 tends to be asleep between 8pm and 8:30pm. Max (6) can be anything from 8:30pm to 9:30pm! As he really struggles to switch off some days.

Ideally I would like the children to be asleep by 8pm at the latest so that they get a full 10 hours sleep, but I feel like to achieve that we need to start being a little more structured with their bedtime routine. I don’t think we need to be quite as strict as we were when they were babies, back then I think it was just fear that if we did something differently they wouldn’t sleep! That worry is no longer there but I think we could be doing more to help them relax and fall asleep easier.

I have recently been introduced to Qutee, which is a free data democracy service. It’s the next generation comments and social platform for any discussions and data analysis. Not only is Qutee a great place to get answers to any parenting queries you might have, via the parenting 101 hub. But you can also discuss any other topics you might want to, from news and politics to sport and celebrities.

I would love to know what bedtime in your house looks like. How old are your children and what time do they go to bed at? Do you have a strict bedtime routine? Let me know your thoughts using the Qutee form below and let’s get a proper discussion going!

Thanks for reading.



  1. Louise Gibson
    April 13, 2017 / 1:44 pm

    My children are 8 and 2. Supper (toast and milk) is at 6.45, we tend to switch the TV off at 7 play a game or read stories till 7.20 when we head upstairs to get ready for bed. Little one brushes her teeth, has a last go one the potty(only 1 week into potty training and going really well though not tackling nighttime yet), gets pj’s on into bed for 2 stories then light out by 7.45. Big one puts pj’s on first then goes to the bathroom to do her nightly routine before getting into bed where we either read a chapter from one of her books, or just chat about her day. Her light goes out anywhere between 8 and 8.15pm Both our girls are early risers, always have been. We generally get till 7pm on a good day but we can be up from 6.30, no matter how late we go to bed.

  2. Amanda
    April 13, 2017 / 2:16 pm

    Mine are 4 & 2. We take them up to bed at 7.30 they get 3 stories a little cuddle then lights out. We used to send them separately but little one would keep shouting until big one was in bed. The issue we have is sillyness they can’t just sit and listen to a story they always end up fighting, squealing, screaming etc. It’s the most stressful time of day for us.

  3. April 13, 2017 / 5:46 pm

    My two are nearly 9 and 10. I had a very strict bedtime routines with them as babies and toddlers and still feel they need a good night’s sleep even now. They are both early risers no matter what time they go to bed. They are in bed by 7.30 on a school night and are aloud to watch TV or read until 8 sometimes 8.30 and then it’s lights out. They stay up a little later at weekends but no later than 9 – 9.30 xx