Jump to content

Bedtime for 11.5 year old
What do you set?

  • Please log in to reply
9 replies to this topic

#1 jm3

Posted 11 April 2012 - 01:50 PM

My 11.5 year old DD has always been an early riser (between 6:30am and 7) most of the time.  For this reason I enforce 8:30 lights off on school nights.  It takes her up to an hour to fall asleep though.  I'm wondering what other say about bedtime or if I'm too strict...

#2 Procrastinator5000

Posted 11 April 2012 - 02:39 PM

Seems fair to me. We are terrible getting our kids to bed early, I think we need a stricter time in our house as the kids get up really early even if they've had a late night.

You're doing well and the hour of quiet in bed won't harm her. Does she complain about the bedtime? Is she allowed to read in bed or listen to iPod etc?

#3 jm3

Posted 11 April 2012 - 03:01 PM

My daughter is usually in her room doing something after dinner until bedtime.  I enforce lights out at either 8:15 or 8:30 which means no further reading/ipod etc.

#4 titch482

Posted 11 April 2012 - 03:08 PM

why dont you allow her an extra 15 minutes to start off with, but say the time must be spent reading or listening to musioc via an ipod or similar... jsut to see how she goes?
if she is laying there awake til 9.30 anyway, i'm not sure than 15 minutes of time well spent will harm her

#5 BadCat

Posted 11 April 2012 - 03:36 PM

My 11yo son has an 8.30 bedtime. He is also an early riser and complains that he lies awake for ages in the evening.  I let him.  It won't hurt him.

If you were going to allow 15mins for reading after 8.30 that would be fine but I wouldn't be allowing ipod at that time.  Music, or games which would be inevitable, would only serve to add further stimulation and make it harder to get to sleep.

#6 swimmingalong

Posted 11 April 2012 - 03:44 PM

At 11 I was still sending bd to bed at 7.30.. and she'd fall asleep straight away.

Now at 14.5 she's going to bed at 8.30 but that's only been for the last 6 months.

my just turned 11yrold is still going to bed at 7.30 too.  

#7 Nicole-Bris

Posted 13 April 2012 - 08:37 PM

DS goes to bed at 8pm Sun - Tues (as I have work and he has to be up at 6) and 8.30 Wed & Thursday nights and normally around 9 on Friday and Saturday nights.

#8 Expelliarmus

Posted 13 April 2012 - 08:39 PM

Bed time is 7:30. Lights out 8:30. They argue until 9  rolleyes.gif

#9 Luvmy4

Posted 13 April 2012 - 09:40 PM

My 11 year old has a 8pm bedtime with lights out at 8.30-45

#10 jofisk

Posted 25 April 2012 - 04:29 PM

My girls have later bedtimes.  DD1 turned 13, 4 weeks ago and she goes to bed after 10 pm, but no lights on after 11pm.  She usually up at about 7.30am each morning, and during school holidays sleeps until about 8.30 or so. I had to move DD1 bedtime to after 10 pm as she would be up and down until after this time, by making bedtime at 10, she is allowed to listen to music, read and look after her horses on her DSi.  All these calm her down for bed.

DD1 turned 10, 5 weeks goes to bed at 9pm every night and she is still up between 6-6.30 am. DD2 has no trouble going to sleep, usually her head hits the pillow and she goes straight out.

1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users


First look at Renee Zellweger in Bridget Jones's Baby

Bridget is now in her 40s and is a successful publishing executive - but also has a pregnancy to contend with as well.

Newlyweds send bill to no-show guests

Planning a wedding can be stressful – and, as most newlyweds can attest, it can be very costly, too.

Claire Danes: acting out postnatal depression was difficult

Actress Claire Danes found it difficult pretending to have postnatal depression in Homeland, as she had just become a new mother herself.

Sneak peek: Geleeo self-cooling pram & high chair liners

We just spotted Geleeo, a brand new self-cooling pram liner you can buy in time for summer.

The moment a 92-year-old meets her great grandaughter

It's a heart-warming photo this family will treasure forever.

How to prepare for breastfeeding when you're still pregnant

While every woman's breastfeeding journey is different, many hurdles are shared. Knowing what to expect will enable you to make informed decisions if - or when - you meet challenges along the way.

Win a Family Farm Trip with Shaun the Sheep

To celebrate the Home Entertainment release of Shaun the Sheep Movie, Essential Kids and Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment are offering one winner and their family a holiday to a farm.

Sneak peek: new Love Mae bamboo dinnerware designs

We do love ourselves some brand new designs in tried and true products. The renowned bamboo dinnerware from Love Mae has just had several more members join the family, in addition to a brand new website.

Mum who killed paedophile gets reduced sentence

A mother-of-five who killed a paedophile has had her jail sentence reduced by a judge who described her case as a "truly exceptional" one.

Win a Justine Clarke Pyjama Jam! prize pack

The Pyjama Jam! tour will see Justine Clarke returning to more intimate venues around Australia, creating the perfect comfy and cozy atmosphere for a PJ party.

Toddler's silent debate with mum about naptime

He might not utter a single word - but this toddler is having a great debate with his mother about nap time.

Silence is golden ... or is it?

Silence is golden, or so the saying goes. But when it comes to children, quite the opposite is true.

Awards 2015: Vote now for a chance to win $2000

Vote for your favourite pregnancy, baby and toddler products for your chance to win your share of $2500 in cash prizes.

Scientists identify potential birth control 'pill' for men

Two drugs that help suppress the immune system in organ transplant patients may have a future as the long-sought birth control "pill" for men, new research suggests.

Running for beginners: taking the first steps

It's that time of year when the weather warms up and there's more opportunity to get out and go for a jog.

Tips for turning yourself into a morning person

Mornings are a great time to spend time in reflection or to get outside and get moving.

Thousands sign petition for unborn babies killed by domestic violence

Almost 8000 people have signed a petition calling for a law to recognise unborn babies killed by domestic violence in NSW.

Pregnant Sarah Harris tells body-shamers to 'get stuffed'

Television presenter Sarah Harris has a message for anyone who tries to body-shame pregnant women or new mums.

In defence of 'brexting'

Mums spend literally hours a day with a baby attached to their boob, or giving them a bottle. Surely they don't all need to be spent looking at the baby?

How a fellow passenger made a mum's day on a flight

As any parent who has ever travelled with a baby knows it can be a daunting experience. The stares and attitude of unsympathetic fellow travellers only serve to make the journey even more stressful. 


What's hot on EB

Stella McCartney honours mum with lacy bra

Fashion designer Stella McCartney has honoured her late mum, Linda McCartney, by designing a special bra for post-mastectomy patients.

Don't panic: A granddad midwife's guide for dads-to-be

Mark Harris has helped deliver 500 babies. And he's now telling fathers what to expect.

How to be a calm parent when you're feeling anything but

Being a calm parent takes a lot of work, sometimes more than is obvious to those around us.

The joy and isolation of being a stay-at-home dad

It's cool, kind of like a second childhood. I love him to bits and think, on average, I'm an okay dad. But I also want to talk about the other stuff.

How baby Teddy's short life is helping save thousands of lives

He may have only lived for 100 minutes, but that didn't stop baby Teddy from saving the lives of others.

A heartbreaking trail of missed chances in death of baby forgotten in car

A haunting reminder to stay mindful about babies in cars, especially as we approach summer.

What to do if your baby has tongue-tie

Tongue-tie can cause feeding problems. However once it is diagnosed, the condition can be easily treated.

How to move house without losing your mind

Some people move frequently, while others like to stay put. But everyone finds it stressful.

'She had nowhere to go': how new mum's life began to unravel

The birth of her first child should have been happiest of times for Campsie mother Phuong Cao, but friends say it marked the beginning of when her life began to unravel. 

Women giving birth to a son keep some of his Y chromosomes

It was an experiment doomed to failure - they were looking for male cells in female bodies. And their search was stunningly successful.

Photos: How babies fit in the womb

A gorgeous photo series shows babies in the first hours after their birth - as they were positioned in the womb.

Baby tries to persuade stubborn bulldog to walk, fails

We don't know what he's saying, but this baby has a very clear message for his bulldog pal: let's walk - NOW.

The best toddler gift ever? Nine gender-neutral play kitchen picks

Without a doubt, one of the best gifts for a toddler turning two or three is a play kitchen.

9 easy steps to improve your baby photography

With a few simple tips you can take your images from random happy snaps to lovely clean images that create beautiful lasting memories.



What are your favourite baby products?

The Essential Baby Awards are on now, and we need your help! Have your say on your top picks and you'll go in the draw to win a share of $2500.

Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.