Sleeping through the night

When did getting your baby to sleep through the night become the holy grail to which all new parents are supposed to aspire? I've been wondering about this for a while now. Reading TulipGirl's round up of posts about Gary Ezzo and the various incarnations of his highly suspect parenting books brought it back to the fore front of my mind. I can understand a new parent's desire to get some much needed sleep but it seems to me that people obsess about it way too much. Kids will sleep through the night when they are ready. Why stress yourself and your kid out trying all kinds of tricks to get them to do something that they are not ready for?

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