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Traveling with Children: Part III—Keeping the Peace
By the end of the third month almost all babies will be sleeping through the night—just keep in mind that “sleeping through the night” in baby terms means falling asleep by midnight and not waking until 5 a.m. or later. In adult terms, it means those are the hours you’ll keep, too. Your child may be in preschool or beyond before sleeping from 11 p.m. until 9 a.m. is possible again! Then again, some parents get lucky with little snoozers who can easily sleep for long periods of time. Just remember that babies need to eat every six hours and that giving cereal early does not make baby sleep through the night, no matter what anyone tells you.

Also note that all babies wake periodically throughout the night. That’s normal—in fact, you do it too, waking for a bit and barely perceiving your alertness before falling back asleep. If you don’t rush to your baby’s aid each time one of these wake-ups occurs, your baby will soon learn how to fall back into peaceful dreamland independently.