Am I The Only One?,  Baby

Am I The Only One… Who Doesn’t Expect My Baby To Sleep Through?

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Obviously, this topic is usually followed with a lot of controversy. Usually because people start talking about sleep training methods or whatever. “Sleeping through” in my view, is a relative term. It depends on how long you class as sleeping through.

Some people say it’s 5 hours, others expect a full nights sleep a.k.a 8+ hours. I’m in the “why is everyone so obsessed with this?” camp!

My daughter is 16 months old and still wakes probably an average of 2-3 times per night. I’m used to it now but I spent a lot of time when she was around 8-9 months wondering if she would ever “sleep through”. What is this obsession we have with our babies sleeping long periods of time without waking?! They are babies. That’s not what they do.

Am I the only one who doesn’t expect my daughter to sleep through until she’s a lot older?

It’s luck of the draw when it comes to sleeping anyway – from what I can tell.

A lot of babies just don’t like sleep. Just like a lot of babies love to sleep. It depends on the baby.

My daughter isn’t the best sleeper in the world. We co-sleep and she wakes several times a night, every night.

I’m not expecting her to sleep through though and that makes things much, much easier. As soon as I stopped “wanting” her to sleep through, it got easier. Less pressure, less stress.

I understand why people want babies to sleep through – so they can get sleep. Sleep is super important. I just don’t understand why it’s become a thing that is used to judge how our parenting is going.

Always with the questions… Does she sleep through yet? How does she sleep? Is she good in the night? Is she a good sleeper?

Since when did sleep become the barometer for how well we are doing?!

Babies sleep cycles are very different to adults. I don’t even sleep through – we just don’t remember waking and we don’t cry about it.

Not sure what the point of this post is really. I guess just to say, if your baby isn’t sleeping through… don’t worry, you have a normal baby.

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