There is a perfect bedtime for toddlers, says study

A new study has found that the perfect bedtime for toddlers is 8pm, and that this can be beneficial for their health in the long run.


Have you wondered what the best time is to put your little one to bed? We have the answer and it’s supported by science. From a study published in the Journal of Pediatrics, earlier bedtimes can protect kids against obesity.

How the study came to its conclusion

Researchers observed 977 children between the ages of four and four and a half. The children who went to bed at 8pm were less likely to be obese at the age of 15. Researchers found that only 10% of children who went to bed at 8pm or earlier were obese. 16% of kids whose bedtime was between 8pm and 9pm were obese. The most shocking statistic is that 23% of kids who went to bed at 9pm or later were also obese.

How much sleep does my toddler need?

Click here for guidelines on how much sleep your toddler should be getting and how to reduce daytime naps.

7 signs it’s time to put your toddler to bed:

  • Your toddler whines about silly things, like the fact that they haven’t coloured in his picture or he’s not wearing the right pyjamas.
  • When you tell your tot it’s almost time for bedtime, he throws a tantrum.
  • He’s fallen or hurt himself at least twice in the last 10 minutes.
  • He’s substituting words with grunting noises.
  • A simple task, like brushing his teeth, takes 15 minutes longer than it should.
  • He is irritable.
  • Your tot becomes illogical.
scroll to top
Send this to a friend