Originally Posted by sarahr
DS will be only 13 months when we want to start. I know early, but I really, really need some sleep. How long did your DH need to take over the night parenting? DH travels quite a bit, and we plan to start when he'll be in town for 2.5 weeks, gone for a couple of days, with us for another 2.5 weeks (although we will all be travelling for part of that) and then gone for 10 days.
We just did it almost 3 weeks ago and DD is only 15 months old tomorrow. She's getting her molars in to boot. I just couldn't wait either because I work and I was a zombie. Because she is so young, and because she goes to daycare 4-5 hours a day (and doesn't take a bottle) AND has multiple food sensitivities, she still nurses alot. I didn't want to cut her off all night. But we don't nurse from 11-4, so I can get a 5 hour solid block of sleep. She is also very prone to waking at 4-5 am and wanting to nurse and then falling back asleep. So I didn't want to mess with that nurse.
I won't lie, the first two nights were tough. She didn't cry for longer than a few minutes each time, and then would lie down and appear to go to sleep and then sit up and cry and be upset. Then she's stop after a few minutes and flop over. My DH didn't help at all, I just offered to cuddle her and eventually she went back to sleep. I figured that she is used to me at night and screams bloody murder if anyone but me tries to take care of her at night. I'd like to change that, but I figure we'd take it one thing at a time (didn't want to take the boobs AND mommmy away, kwim?). The first night it took 2 hours to get her back to sleep. The second night it took 45 minutes and the third it took 20 minutes. Since then she wakes up less and when she does wake up, she sits up, and either immediately flops back down, or she crawls over to me and cuddles (if she's rolled away). We've had a couple of bad nights in the last couple of weeks, but that's been the night before a molar came through and it would have been a bad night anyway. Otherwise, we are getting regular 4-8 hour stretches of sleep out of her.
Some other effects though: She nurses alot and for a long time in the morning when she first wakes up. Sometimes she'll nurse for up to 45 minutes, but this is also because she goes to daycare every morning and is probably just tanking up for that. Also, she nurses longer and more frequently in the afternoons (when she gets home from daycare). I'm fine with that because I'd rather she get what she needs in the afternoon rather than in the middle of the night. I think she was also more clingy the first few days, though this could have been teething too.
Good luck, and I hope you get some sleep. It's very hard!