Mommy to DS born 11-10-10 And DD born 6-3-13
I never did night wean, they did on their own -- but then again, both my girls, possibly due to both weighing more than 10 lbs. at birth, started right off sleeping for a 5-hour stretch at the beginning of the night, then nursing every couple of hours after that.
Also, I am not an eight-hour block of sleep person myself. I will usually sleep for about a five-hour stretch and then wake up and fall back asleep a couple more times before getting up in the morning. When the girls were nursing, I found myself waking up just a moment before the nursling next to me would start stirring in her sleep, so I'd pull her to me and she'd nurse, usually without even opening her eyes.
I actually used to get up one or two times to pee during the night, but over the past year, I've lost 94 lbs., and this seems to have reduced the need for me to get up and empty my bladder. But I still wake up -- this just seems to be my normal. Getting to spend a full 8 or so hours in bed, and having my sleep add up to 7 or 8 hours total each night, seems to do for me what the solid 8-hour block does for others.
None of my three children were night weaned. I waited until they were ready to stop nursing at night. I did find it easier if the baby was in bed with us, so I wouldn't be running around the house all night. My kids all weaned themselves at night first between 6 months and around 2.5 years and weaned completely between 16 months and 4 and half years.
I night weaned the first two but was too lazy to do it with the third! ;) It worked out quite well because she did it n her own just before she turned two. It was so peaceful and natural, I think I will do the same with our new babe!
Kalista, happily married to my best friend , mama to 4 fabulous kids!