Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Once again, on the road
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I was right where you were last November -- physically sick because of being up all night with two very demanding babes (or one who would always wake the other). I nightweaned when they were 18 months with the help of my parents (we were visiting them at their house with many rooms). They saw what a wreck I was so agreed to help. I just told the girls what would happen, nursed them to sleep at about 11 p.m., put them in their cribs (which were in separate rooms), and each parent stayed in the separate room with each babe all night, patting and shusshing and holding whenever they woke and cried. I brought them in to bed with me to nurse and sleep at 5 a.m. I figured we had spent 18 months of nursing on demand, day or night, so it wouldn't be fair for them to not have the attention -- just not nursing. It took five nights, but wasn't hard by the third night. They woke probably 10 times that first night, and only about 5 times the second, and only once or twice the third. I was able to cosleep with them when we got home -- we were away about 10 days, and they seem to have "learned" the new habit when we got home... and did well with it (except when sick).
Good luck. Oh, it's so hard being where you are right now. Hang in there... my thoughts are with you.