I'm trying to night wean my 2.5 year old DS and having a really hard time. I'm so exhausted from over 2 years of waking up multiple times at night. I've had 2 miscarriages in the past 8 months, and during both pregnancies I was so tired and sick during the first trimester and waking up often at night really made it worse for me. My DH and I are going to TTC again soon, and I'd really like to wean him at night before we start.
Last night was night #13 of 2-4 hours of crying at night. I still allow him to nurse to sleep before bed and at naps. When he wakes up around 2:00 am crying to nurse, I move in to his bed to co-sleep and I stay there with him all night, hold him, rock him, talk to him, and explain that the milk "needs to sleep" at night. I even bought one of those alarm clocks that glow green at the time you set it for, and his glows green at 5:00 am, which means that he can have "milk" then. He's outsmarted me quite a few nights now, and simply cries and stays up until 5 am waiting for it to turn green. He totally relies on nursing to fall asleep, and I'm not sure what else I can do to night wean him. I really want to be gentle, since I know in my heart that this is very difficult for him. This is all he has known for his entire little life, and I feel awful for doing this to him.
Last night we were up from 1:00 am to 6:00 am, ugh!
If anyone has any advice for me, or knows of anything else that I could try please help!