Yeah, we’re not there yet. Or are we?
If you ask a pediatrician, they’ll say they consider sleeping through the night to mean a 5-6 hour stretch waking only to feed. If you ask me, I consider that to mean that I can go to bed and wake up at normal hours without having to get up at all. If you ask Maxon, he’ll just laugh in your face at the very idea.
But really. Many pediatricians advise a pretty early bedtime, like between 6pm-8pm, and think the kid will eventually sleep through until 6am-7am. Wow, that would be nice. This one sleep-training book I just read concedes that the child will probably need to eat once or twice during that time and who here goes 12 hours without eating? I’m just saying.
So what is sleeping through the night? This so-called 5-6 hour stretch that could technically occur between 6pm and midnight? The baby wakes up only to eat but goes right back to sleep without fussing or wanting to play? Or he wakes up but doesn’t want anything but to cry and be put back to sleep? Or maybe he wakes up, doesn’t cry, plays for a little while in his crib and puts himself back to sleep? Or better yet, he does wake up but I have no idea because I’m the one that slept through the night. Yeah, that last scenario hasn’t happened yet but it’s nice to think that’s a possibility one day!