05-11-2006, 07:52 AM
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Ontario, Canada
Re: Is anybody night-weaning?
Here is a link to some of the basic night-nursing-reduction/weaning techniques from Elizabeth Pantley's books. Seriously, though, if you possibly can I'd buy or borrow the book NCSS for Toddlers & Preschoolers, it's AWESOME.
And this is a link to one of my favourite parts of the Toddler version, 8 tips for better sleep...you can start all these right away, none of them are painful!
Just wanted to say that after working on these suggestions CONSISTENTLY for about 1 1/2 weeks, Bryan has gone from nursing a few times a night to ONCE a night!! He starts out asleep in the sibling bed about 8pm after a brief nursing and then cuddles with Dad, sleeps for about 7 hours (one night he actually slept ALL night) then wakes up around 3am. DH usually gets him and brings him to our bed, he nurses for 30 seconds, I use the PPO and he rolls over to go back to sleep on his own, and spends the rest of the night with me in our bed, asleep but not nursing.
I truly feel he was READY to make these steps, hence the fairly easy progress we've made. It went a lot slower when we night-weaned my high-need firstborn! LOL
Oh, he's also adopted "Snuggle Puppy" (stuffed dog) as his sleeping buddy, wants to cuddle him at bedtime and naptime. It's so cute!
Anyway, just wanted to share that there is light at the end of the tunnel, and it can happen without tears and fighting!
Bethany, wife and sweetheart to Steve since 6/03/00
Mommy to: Joey (6/13/02), Bryan (6/23/04), Caden & Ellyson (10/04/06)