I just found this thread today.
I would love advice for night weening for my son. He turned 1 year last week.
He's up 3x's night waking and wanting to nurse.
I'm so tired. I can't see myself doing the ferber method...seems to harsh for me.
a little background about our situation:
I'm a full-time mom and he's with me all day, my husband helps when he's home from work.
I only nurse my son and he nurses on demand. he's only had a bottle a handful of times. He does take a sippy cup now with a little water with meals, mainly to "wash" the food down. Other than than, I"m it! which I don't mind at all, except the bed time situation is getting to be a little bit much!
He's never been a great sleeper, always up 2-3x's night.
We tried the family bed but, my husband snores, so he got the boot.
But then my son, is a super light sleeper and so am I. So, he was waking up way too often in our/my bed. So, we transitioned him to his own room at 6 months. Occassionally I'll bring him into bed with us, if he's sick but, It's never a great sleep so, once he's better, he goes into his own room (which he doesn't mind at all, i think I had a harder time with it :)
So, he goes to bed at 7:30, sometimes 8pm.
he wakes up at night usually around 11:30 then 1:30 then 3:30 (sometimes he'll cry for a little then fall back asleep at this time then wake at 5:00am)
I'd love to drop the 1:30 adn 3:30 feedings OR the 11:30 and 1:30 feedings.
I'd feel much better if he only woke 1x/night to nurse.
I do all the night feedings, since I nurse. Dad only helps if the diaper leaks since, I am my son's primary source of comfort (ie breast feeding).
Should I make a water sippy cup and offer that instead of my breast? He will throw a fit and never go back to sleep unless I nurse him so, I"m not sure this will work?
Should I have dad get up and offer the sippy cup at the first wake up? He will not be comforted as much by dad, so dad may get frustrated but, he'll have to figure it out!
I really think that both my son and myself need a better nights sleep, for health reasons alone. He's 1 year so, I think he should be able to go through the night with only nursing/waking up once. (of course I know all this goes out the window when they are sick b/c I feel strongly about nursing heavily when he is sick...that's another discussion)
H & babyB