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Old 05-30-2006, 12:48 PM   #1
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Red face How to nightwean?

DS is only 10 months now but after he turns 1, I'd like to work towards nightweaning him. Is that when I'm even supposed to do it? *Gosh* I have no idea!
Anyway, what are your thoughts on this and also how do I night wean?

Right now I'm up about 2x a night to nurse him, sometimes more often than that, though. We co-room and he's up to eat and then goes back to sleep.
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Old 05-30-2006, 12:59 PM   #2
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Re: How to nightwean?

i don't know about "supposed to"....however most of the AP/extended b****** stuff i've read suggests no trying nightweaning til then. but i'm sure others have done it sooner. we haven't night-weaned yet (at 20 months), so i'm not much help.

good luck to you though!
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Old 05-30-2006, 01:30 PM   #3
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Re: How to nightwean?

Take a look at this link. We did a modified version of this gentle night weaning technique for my dd.

http://www.drjaygordon.com/development/ap/sleep.asp
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Old 05-30-2006, 02:08 PM   #4
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Take a look at this link. We did a modified version of this gentle night weaning technique for my dd.

http://www.drjaygordon.com/development/ap/sleep.asp
Great link, just read it! Thanks! I'll do my best to follow that when its time for us to go there.
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Re: How to nightwean?

I would really recommend getting a copy of "The No-Cry Sleep Solution for Toddlers & Preschoolers" by Elizabeth Pantley, been extremely helpful here! There is an entire chapter on night-weaning that is a wonderful place to start, I highly recommend it. Very practical, and less tears involved than the link above (I used a variation of that first technique when nightweaning my firstborn a couple years ago.)

We're on the last legs of nightweaning here -- he'll ask sometimes still but is quite content with a drink of water instead. He's 23 months. Basically, what I found most effective and least traumatic was to start helping my boys learn to fall asleep without a nipple in their mouth, and then to learn how to nurse briefly and let go. After a few weeks of using those techniques, Bryan nightweaned himself.

I really didn't put any effort into nightweaning him up until a couple months ago, but I think the techniques would have worked sooner if I'd been motivated to do it.

Nightweaning is entirely up to you...don't set a deadline for yourself or your little one. Some babies wean quickly and easily and others WON'T lol so just take it slow, see how it goes. Make sure that lots of hugs and cuddles are still available.

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Re: How to nightwean?

Thanks, my BF just let me borrow her book so I'm just starting reading that now.
We don't have a lot of trouble, most of the time, getting him to sleep, its just staying asleep that is not happening as well.
I understand that this process is going to be long. I'm going to wait until after his first b-day to start to work on it.
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