Liz - posted on 05/17/2011 ( 15 moms have responded )
I thought I knew the definition and have always considered my 8mo son a poor sleeper. But I notice some people on boards saying stuff like "he's always been good about STTN, he eats and goes back to sleep right away, now he wakes for an hour at 3am."
Well, except for a few times during major sleep regressions, my son has always gone right back to sleep after nursing, but he nurses anywhere from 2-5 times a night! I barely wake up these days since we co-sleep -- now that he's older, he just rolls over and finds my breast without disturbing me much -- and I can't even remember in the morning how many times it was. But I would never say he STTN. My definition is, no intervention from parents.
I've seen other people define it as 5-6 hours. My son used to do that. Big whoop. He slept from 7pm to 12-1am, but it didn't help me in the least because I went to bed around 10pm and he woke up after midnight every 2 hours or less. (Co-sleeping didn't help that much when he was younger, because he still needed a diaper change, and I had to position myself for nursing.)
Now when I hear people brag that their babies have slept through the night since 4 weeks old, I wonder what the heck they're talking about exactly. I also wonder if I'm giving my baby a bad rap. I tell everyone he's a sweetheart but a terrible sleeper!