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#1 of 2 Old 02-19-2005, 02:47 PM - Thread Starter
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What constitutes "night waking"? What consitutes "sleeping thru the night"?

I am just curious. No problems here, but we have a unique sleeping arrangement in our home (has evolved over the years). I lay with dd until she is asleep (in her bed). Then I spend some time with dh (or on MDC ) until I am ready for bed. I go to bed with dh (our bed), and at some point during the night dd wakes and calls me--and I go to her bed and sleep there until morning.

Would this mean that my 4 yo dd is a "night waker"? Normally she falls right back to sleep after a cuddle--we don't actually get up. Would this mean my 4 yo still doesn't "sleep thru the night"? Really, does *anyone* sleep thru the night? I mean, don't we all wake and shift position and such, especially toward morning?

Would a child that joins mama and papa in bed during the middle of the night be a "night waker"?
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IMO (and I'm sure it's going to differ from that of other people)
"nightwaking" is when baby wakes up and will not go back to sleep without either getting up to play or nurse first.
"sleeping through the night" is when I get at least 6 hours of sleep without having to get out of bed or nurse my baby.
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