The VAST majority of babies do NOT sleep all night and certainly not every night. Five hours is considered a sleep through. So if you are getting that you are quite fortunate. sleep patterns in babies change frequently in the first year so a baby that may sleep a long stretch last week won't necessarily do it this week. They are growing rapidly, and may be dealing with teething, have to potty, or new milestones. Children also do not spend as much time in deep sleep (with good reason) as adults -- so they are designed to wake up more. There is nothing wrong with babies that don't sleep 10-12 hours (that's very unusual). Even adults wake at least once just to turn over or to pee even if they don't remember waking up. It is easier for adults to adapt than it is to force the issue. It may work temporarily for a small percentage of children, but for the majority it can really backfire and make sleep worse.
at 10:44 AM on Oct. 30, 2010