Sarah - posted on 06/07/2010 ( 18 moms have responded )
I'm sure for some (maybe even most) lucky mums their bubs are sleeping through the night by 6 months, and the really lucky ones are going down for 12 straight hours.
But I have a 2.5 year old boy and a 6 month old and neither slept through by 6 months. My little boy took 9.5 months to reach this milestone and still wakes 3 out of 7 nights and just wants a little reassurance before falling straight back to sleep.
I've done everything possible to get my little girl sleeping through and she just can't. She gets hungry at 4am and after a week of letting her cry on and off for 1.5 hours we're both exhausted so I've reverted back to giving her a bottle and she gulps it down! Then goes back to sleep. 10 minutes and we've got peace again and both can sleep.
Maybe not all babies are capable of sleeping through the night by 6 months and I wish people would stop asking me "is she sleeping through yet?". It has given me VERY unrealistic expectations that she should be sleeping through.
So no more pressure on her or me. As long as she settles quickly then we'll keep doing what we're doing. She's a healthy weight, has started solids and loves to eat. So maybe she's just hungry from all the growing and playing she's doing. She's the happiest little munchkin ever and even at 4am melts my heart with the amazing smile she gives me when my head appears above her in the cot.
Would love to hear from other mums that want to throttle the next person who asks them "so is she/he sleeping through yet?". :-)