My DS is 27 months old and still nurses pretty much on demand... I was wondering if anyone had night weened and still co-sleeps. I don't mind nursing, but lately he's been wanting the boob so much at night, I've been having a hard time sleeping.
Totally possible. I nightweaned DS1 when he was 18 months and he continued to sleep with me for over a year after that. I also night weaned DS2 six months ago and plan to continue co-sleeping for the foreseeable future.
We just night-weaned (well, for now anyway<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll">), ds is 23 months. He nurses down to sleep, then if he awakens and it's dark I tell him the 'ninners' are sleeping and to wait for the sun to come up. It took about 2 nights for him to figure it out... he still whimpers about it a little but goes right back down.... although once the sun is up it's marathon nursing for an hour.
Absolutely! Actually, I think it is the most compasionate way to start the weaning process. It teaches them that you can still be physically close WITHOUT nursing. I found both times that I had to wait until my children were old enough to have compasion for mommy though, LOL. For my first -- that was 22 months. For my second, it was 25 monthts. Both times, I just explained before they went to sleep that mommy was very tired and that<br>
nursies" were tired too -- and we had to wait for the sun to come up to have more. But that when the sun came up, we were have LOTS and LOTS of nursies. Each time they would wake up and ask for it, I would gently remind them and offer them a choice of a drink of water, a cuddle, or pee-pee (they were both potty-trained at night by then -- so it was often a full bladder that was waking them). With my second, we did a pacifier, so that was also an option for her. YES...they fought it at first (about 3 nights -- just like with most baby things, I find). But I didn't give in. Just reassured them that when the sun came up .... bla, bla, bla. I would also offer the choice to go sleep in another room with daddy so mommy could sleep. That ALWAYS stopped the whining, LOL. As they always preferred to cudlle up with mom over leaving mom.
Yes! I night weaned my DS when he was about 10 months old. I know many people will say that's too early, but he would wake up about every hour and want to nurse. He's been fine with it. Well...after about the first week or so. I did it gradually I would nurse him three times, then twice, then once, and now only to go down intially and when we wake up in the morning. I do obviously make exceptions if he sick or something of that nature, but overall it has been great for both of us.
We just night weaned this month- we're in week 3 or 4. DD is 19 months old.<br>
I offered her water (milk too the first few nights, she only took a couple of sips and now water is fine) and snuggles.<br>
I also explained nursing when it was light. It took her a few nights, then she regressed a bit again but now she is good with it. She just snuggles into me and we cuddle back to sleep.<br>
She used to wake up constantly and desperately need to nurse but now doesn't need it. It's awesome, truly, and now I have over 45 minutes at night to myself before I get in bed. She still wakes but not as often and goes back to sleep faster with cuddling than with lingering on the boob.<br>
I also was going on month 3 of a milk blister- ouch!- and this really helped with the pain.<br><br>
My blog is in my siggy and if you poke around I wrote about nights 1 and 2 and then about 10 days later.