we night weaned great and now we're off the wagonWe tried JGs method, more or less, at around 11 months the first time. I was desperate and hadn't slept for more than two hours at a time in one year--and 2 hours was not even a given!
But at 11 months DS was totally not ready. After the first attempt at not nursing back to sleep, DS went into a total meltdown and screamed bloody murder for whats eemed like forever. I nursed him back down, and the next day I had a distant, detatched, gloomy baby that broke my heart. I swore I would never do that to either one of us again--or any time soon!
Tried again at 12+ months, not having it. Tried at 13+ months, not having it. Tried at 14+ months---success! And it was easy! He would wake up, and bolt up out of bed as usual, and I simply laid him back down sushing him to sleep, like cake falling off a log. He still woke up just as often, but would go back to sleep without protest until about 4 or 5 when he would wake up STARVING TO DEATH.
Less than a month later DS gets a nasty virus, fever, everything, and reverts to nursing all night again. We had to, the poor guy wouldn't eat a thing, and was feverish and miserable. So that ended our sucessfull night-weaning, and here we are about 5 months later, waking up every 1-2 hours. During this time however we've come to realize that DS has some food allergies which make him very uncomfortable at night, so at this point I am not going to even attempt to night wean again until we get a handle on his allergies and I know he is not waking up in pain.