A search of the net shows that a lot of people feel that it is acceptable for a baby to regularly wake through the night - and expect to be fed - even when they are several years old. Now, call me odd, but this smacks of leaving a child in nappies at 4, even 5 (I have seen this done) because the child isn\'t \'ready\'. What is ready? When the child says \'I no longer want this nappy on\'? What happened to toilet training, where we teach a child to go to the toilet? One step further - why is it acceptable for a child to wake of a night, expecting to be fed, beyond the age of several months? If we can toilet train, surely we can sleep train?
We all know there are going to be sleepless nights when we have a baby. However, six months on, if your baby is still waking in the night, you reach the stage where you wonder if there is any need for the waking, or whether it is just a habit for the baby. Surely, if the baby is eating solids and drinking the required amount of milk a day, the waking is not hunger, it is just waking - and expecting to be fed because that\'s what always happens.