Post # 1
Just wondering what people mean when they say their babies sleep through the night? Does it mean they go to sleep at say 9 and don’t get up again until 7 or so? I always thought it meant that the parents don’t have to get up at all to tend to the baby but I’m hearing some people say their babies sleep through the night but really they may sleep in 5 hour stretches. Now I’m confused and not sure what I should be hoping for at some point 🙂
Post # 3
Technically, sleeping through the night consists of sleeping in approximately 5 hour stretches, often from about midnight to about 5am.
Sleeping overnight is what we think of when baby goes to sleep at 7pm and sleeps straight through until 6am (for example).
When YOUR specific baby sleeps through the night, or overnight, really depends on your specific baby and his/her needs. Some babies don’t night wean until they’re much older, other babies are just great sleepers. Factor in teething, growth spurts, major developmental leaps, and illnesses… well let’s just say if you’re getting a 5 hour stretch of sleep you’re doing ok 🙂
Post # 4
@DaneLady: Helpful! I was wondering the same as the OP.
Post # 5
@oceanblue: my 7w old goes to bed between 7 & 8 and doesn’t wake until 4 or 5. he eats and is back in bed after abt 30 min and sleeps for a few more hours. I consider that sleeping through the night.
Post # 6
@mamadingdong: +1 – exactly this. 🙂
Post # 7
The baby books say that “sleeping through the night” is sleeping for a 5-hour stretch at once. However, babies are supposed to go to bed early (around 7 pm) and they have their longest sleep stretch at the beginning of the night, so in actuality, the longest sleep stretch is from 7pm to midnight, which doesn’t really help mom get much sleep. Every baby is different and some might actually sleep for 10 hours uninterrupted by 2 months old, while others take over a year to stop waking up at night. My daughter was breastfed and woke up a LOT to nurse at night. She started sleeping for 8-hour stretches around 9 months, and then around 11 months she night-weaned and started sleeping for 11 or 12 hours a night uninterrupted. I have multiple friends with children over 1 year old who are still waking once a night to nurse.
Post # 8
My 3 month old is breastfed and goes to bed around 1900. He usually wakes up about midnight-0100 to eat, then again around 0330, then sleeps until 0630. Sometimes we get lucky and he only wakes up once at 0200-0230.
Post # 9
Our almost 4 month old just started giving us some longer stretches. He usually sleeps from about 8:30pm-3am, then from 3:30-6:30. He takes pretty good naps during the day usually (up for 2 hours, down for 1-2 hrs during the day, so 2-4 good naps). He has given us 2 nights of sleeping from 10pm-6am but those were special occasiona apparently. lol. Going from being up every hr or two to just once through the night has been amazing. I hear a lot of this changes when teething starts though, so… i feel like it is a short time of enjoying it. lol.
Post # 10
@oceanblue: My DD started sleeping 8-6 (ish) with one quick wake up at around 3 to eat starting around 5 weeks. Now, at 5 and a half months, she rarely wakes and sleeps 11+ hours each night. I say she started sleeping through the night at 5 weeks. We have had some hiccups, though!