One of the most common question posted by parents on Breastfeeding Matters is : “When will my child sleep the night? How can I get my child to sleep the night or My child is x weeks/months old and still doesn’t sleep the night why?”
Well children are not meant to sleep the whole night and when they do….they are unwilling to do so alone for a while!
However, all children will eventually sleep the night when they are ready! Or rather, they will be good to go back to sleep alone at some point.
My youngest, B, is on his 3rd week of sleeping the night – yay! He is now 4.5 years old. If I look back on my oldest two, they slept the night a bit earlier than him. He, himself had asked to be moved into his bed and room at 2.5 years but to sleep the whole night there – it took him another 2 years! For over a year though, he’d just come to our bed at some point at night without waking us- just squeezing between us….
So there you go… now you have a perspective of when your child is mostly likely to really sleep the night!
Please don’t forget all children are different and night sleeping will vary per child and per family.