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I find it hard to believe that my nights are no more broken now that they were with her brother because my ability to deal with the poor sleep is so far removed from what it was before. I feel relaxed about it. I don’t worry I’m doing anything wrong or that the broken nights are my fault in some way. While I would of course like more sleep, I don’t find I’m frustrated by her waking. She needs me and that’s okay.

I wish that as well as telling people about weaning and preparing for solid foods at the three month checkup, the public health nurses spent a little time preparing people for the four month developmental leap and growth spurt and reassured them that it is normal. Because it really is much easier to deal with when you know what to expect.


  1. Oh Lisa that first paragraph, this has been driving me demented!

    L is 12 weeks and people keep asking if she’s good or commenting how good she is, as if she chooses to be upset or “bold”.

    I thought it was just me being pedantic about language (because I am).

    • It could well be me being pedantic about language (because I also am) but I don’t think so. I think it’s a throw back to a time when good children were seen and not heard. And I guess it was the same for good babies.

  2. When my first daughter was six weeks old, I was told that she should be sleeping through the night. I felt as though I was doing something wrong, and this continued for months and months. Sadly I was no wiser for my second baby and also thought there was something wrong when she continued to wake every night at seven months old. It was only with my third baby that I finally had the knowledge that babies are not supposed to sleep through the night and that it’s not a sign of failure if they don’t (though I did start to get fed up when he was 18 months!!)
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    • I really feel we do parents a disservice by feeding them the lie about when it’s expected for babies to sleep through. I remember when my son was 6 or 7 months old, speaking to a woman whose son was the same age and mentioning I was tired due to broken sleep. “I wouldn’t stand for it” she said. As though it were a battle of wills.

  3. Oh, one other thing. The technical definition of sleeping through the night is five hours in a row, not eight. My son got to five quite early, but it was always the wrong five from my point of view, as he’d sleep solidly from about 10pm to 3am and then be wide awake for a couple of hours.
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  4. At the 3 month check was the PHN talking to you about weaning off breast milk?

    • No – weaning on to solid foods. My PHN is actually really good when it comes to breastfeeding.

      • Oh, good, I was hoping it was weaning onto solids but was afraid they were recommending weaning onto formula at 3 months.

  5. I was going to say what Christine said, at 4 months I would consider sleeping through the night to far less than 12 hours. My two were great sleepers from early on (way way past four months!) and still are but changes in their daily routine never seemed to affect that. I also find language like that hard to take and I often wondered why absolutely everyone used to ask that because none of those people were going to be affected by the baby’s behaviour or sleep routine.

    • I think most people ask out of a need to ask something and it’s an easy question.

  6. I love this post so much. There is no such thing as a bad baby! Great writing L.
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