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What is the best time to put your child to bed? The ideal bedtime has been revealed
Persuading your kids to go to bed at a reasonable time is, for want of a better word, a nightmare.
But is there a universal and optimal time that a child *should* be in bed by? Let's find out:
A chart posted on Lifehacker claims that children SHOULD be in bed by a certain time - and the exact time depends on when they woke up that morning.
The chart, which covers kids aged five to 12, shows that the younger kids on that scale should go to bed between 6:45pm and 8:15pm.
Kids aged 11 and 12, it claims, should go to bed between 8:15pm and 9:45pm.
They also claim that if your five-year-old gets up at 6:30am, they'll be ready for bed at 7:15pm.
The chart also states that an eight-year-old who gets up at 6:45 in the morning will be ready to go to sleep at 8.15pm, but that another child of the same age who woke later at 7.30 am won't be ready for bed until 9pm.
Sleep.com has published the following guidelines on how long kids should sleep.
Newborns (up to three months): 14 to 17 hoursInfants
(four to 11 months): 12 to 15 hours
Toddlers (one to two): 11 to 14 hours
Preschoolers (three to five): 10 to 13 hours
School-age (six to 13): 9 to 11 hours
Tweens and Teens (14 to 17): 8 to 10 hours