I am working on a plan to night wean my milk loving 21/2 year old. I am stumped on how to deal with bringing her to potty in the middle of night because it wakes her up (a bit). I take her on her first waking (after a few hours of sleep). I sometimes take her again later if she is tossing and turing. The potty is at the foot of the bed.
Should I nurse her after the potty time but not later in the night? Any ideas and experiences?
If she wakes up take her and then give her a cup of water, milk, milk substitute (or even breast milk IN A CUP), and then put her back to bed. DO NOT wake her up. Even if she is tossing, some kids just toss. I am guessing (at least this has been the case for all of my kiddos) if they really have to pee they will wake up. Sure ocassionally they have a miss but my dd that was ec'd doesn't. Usually they are sleeping so heavy they wet so if she is already tossing she will either wake up to pee or settle. If she wakes up do the poppy cup routine again. This might take a little while depending on the child but at 2 1/2 if you talk to her about it ahead of time and then are very consistent the reptition will help and she should catch on. I wish you the best of luck.
nicole , mom to 3 boys here on earth 9, 7 and 4.5 and 2 girl's 2.5 and 10/16/11. Always remembering my babies in heaven: Sam (9/7/05) at 12.5 wks , Morgan (2/13/06) at 6 wks , Emeric (8/9/10 at 17 wks) and Pepper (11/26/10) at 8wks.
I would focus on one thing at a time.... As an experiment, you could stop lifting DD for a couple of nights, but don't start the night weaning yet, to see what will happen. Or, you could night wean and hope that the lack of milk in the night will help DD sleep dry. :)