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What are some good books/resources on nightweaning? Also, if any of you would like to share what worked for you it would be greatly appreciated. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I don't have any books/resources to share, but I will tell you what we did.<br><br>
My dd was about 15-16 months or so when I decided that it was time to try to nightwean. I wasn't convinced it would work - she is very attached to her nursies. She's now 20 mos.<br><br>
I was exhausted and in pain from contorting my body and not getting more than 2 hours of sleep at a time. Having her have access to the all-night buffet was just getting to be too much for me, DH and our ds even. I was just too cranky of a mommy to function.<br><br>
Anyway - we made the decision to start on a Saturday, so that DH wouldn't be exhausted at work. Then we committed to the decision. I explained to DD that after she was done nursing, and went "ni-ni" that she was all done nursing til morning. That 'nursies went ni-ni too' and were "all gone" til tomorrow.<br><br>
The second thing we did was I slept away from her. In the same room, but not the same bed. We have a full sized futon mattress next to our mattress. We laid her down on the futon. It was the first night in her life that she wasn't next to me.<br><br>
She woke, but later than usual, and my DH was able to get up and rock her to sleep in about 2 minutes. She woke maybe 2 more times. The next night, she woke twice. Both times, DH got up with her and rocked her. The third night, she got up 1 time, and after that, she was sleeping through - from 7:30-6:00.<br><br>
The biggest fear I had was that she would be inconsolable and she'd be asking for me and asking to nurse. She didn't. Not one time. Now, occasionally she'll wake and say "nurse nurse" but DH is able to hold her/snuggle her and give her some water and she's asleep again in a few minutes.<br><br>
I'm still not doing any of the night-time parenting when she wakes up because I'm afraid of un-doing what we've accomplished.<br><br>
The other thing we stopped doing was nursing in bed all together (i.e. in the morning) - we've now been able to add that back in, but it's been 5 months or so!<br><br>
HTH!
 

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You might try the No Cry Sleep Solution for some ideas... I never did night-weaning personally, I just stuck it out, but I think I remember some tips in that book...
 
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