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OinkOinkPiggy Tue 15-Dec-15 19:17:51

I know parents who say their babies don't yet sleep through as they wake up at say 3am. This is when they put them to bed at 7pm, so that's 8 hours sleep. Surely 8 hours sleep is a lot and therefore should be counted as 'sleeping through.' Surely most babies aren't designed to sleep a full12 hours?

MaisieDotes Tue 15-Dec-15 19:19:55

I think the official definition is 5 hours straight.

Fourormore Tue 15-Dec-15 19:20:05

Umm, no, because it's sleeping through the night. 3am is still the night.

drinkyourmilk Tue 15-Dec-15 19:21:11

I was under the impression that sleeping through was classed as 6 hours.
8 hours is positive luxury!

OinkOinkPiggy Tue 15-Dec-15 19:21:36

But if they put their baby to bed later they would sleep through the night. So if you don't want to get up at 3am put your baby to bed later?

aussiemamamelb Tue 15-Dec-15 19:25:38

The baby books count count sleeping through for newborns /infants as 5 hours so 8 is great. Parents can give dream feeds between 10 and 11pm in the hopes it'll tie the baby till about 6 or 7 am. I have tried dream feeding to my 11 week old but makes no difference to wake ups. I'll try again when she's 3 or 4 months

Orangedaisy Tue 15-Dec-15 19:29:14

If only it was that easy....! Take it you have a good sleeper op? Or no kids? If there was a magic way of getting them to sleep through (whatever that means) there wouldn't be a multi million pound industry making baby sleep 'solutions'.

WiIdfire Tue 15-Dec-15 19:31:37

I called it sleeping through when he went from 10pm to 7am as those were my sleeping hours, so I didnt have to wake up. If it had been 7pm til 4am (same number of hours) I wouldnt call it sleeping through, as 4 am is not morning! This is my own view, not the official one :-)

OinkOinkPiggy Tue 15-Dec-15 19:32:27

Nope, just wondering why people I know moan when the baby wakes at 3am when it's been asleep for 8 hours since 7pm. That's a lot of sleep so the baby probably isn't tired anymore. The baby hasn't naturally fallen asleep at 7pm but has been trained/has a routine to make sure it sleeps at that time. So surely the situation has been engineered so the baby wakes up before the morning?

OinkOinkPiggy Tue 15-Dec-15 19:36:30

I would say 10pm to 6am/7am is sleeping through too WiIdfire. So about the same number of hours as 7pm-4am.

By above logic should 10pm to 7am not be classed as sleeping through because the hours of 7pm to 10pm have been missed out on.

Orangedaisy Tue 15-Dec-15 19:40:16

Babies need way more than 8-9hrs sleep. Even at 18 months they should still be getting 12-14 hrs in a 24 hr period. So 7pm bedtime allows for this. What's the point you're trying to get to?

mrsmugoo Tue 15-Dec-15 22:43:58

For me sleeping through the night meant going to bed at bedtime and not hearing a peep until it's time to get up!

All this 5 hours/8hours just means being woken up in the night!!

Gillian1980 Tue 15-Dec-15 23:35:55

I read that 6 hours is classed as sleeping through though I personally wouldn't agree with that definition!

Depends on the age of the baby but many need 12 hours or more a night, mine sleeps from 8pm to 9am (I'm bloody lucky!).

Thing is that most parents need to put the baby to bed fairly early or they get overtired, grumpy and then unable to sleep. If I kept DD up until 10pm she'd have a horrendous evening. And also that's the time when a lot of parents finally get a couple of hours to themselves.

mrsmugoo Wed 16-Dec-15 08:41:05

I assume the op doesn't have kids otherwise they'd understand the concept of put your child to bed at 7/8pm and enjoy a few hours adult time!

You'd go crackers if your babies and toddlers went to bed time same time you did!

jessplussomeonenew Wed 16-Dec-15 08:43:42

If my 15mo ever slept for a solid 8 (or even 6) hours I'd be over the moon.

OinkOinkPiggy Wed 16-Dec-15 15:07:39

Ha! My baby does go got bed at the same time as me. Am I crackers - no!

I know some babies who are truly terrible sleepers & I can understand their parents moaning when they are woken up every couple of hours. But when you have a brilliant sleeper who had just slept for 8 hours straight; well you're lucky really aren't you!

OinkOinkPiggy Wed 16-Dec-15 15:08:46

*has just slept.

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