when will night nursing stop?

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when will night nursing stop?
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Fri, 10-16-2009 - 12:48am

My daughter is 16 months old, and when she wakes at night, she nurses back to sleep. This is usually 4-5 times a night. We co-sleep, so it's not a big deal, but I sleep in her bed, and my spouse wants me back in our bed.

I just want to know what to expect if I do child-led weaning. Many more months of this? Years? Our daytime nursings are 5-6x/day (morning, mid-morning (sometimes), naptime, after nap, mid-evening, bedtime).

Thanks!

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Registered: 09-10-2009
Fri, 10-16-2009 - 8:37am

I'm just curious, why couldn't you sleep in your own bed and just have baby join you when she wakes for the first time? That's what we typically did.


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Sat, 10-17-2009 - 10:43am

That all depends it is not an exact science since STTN is a developmental milestone that different babies



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Sat, 10-17-2009 - 2:07pm

Thanks for your responses. I haven't been bringing her to our bed b/c she's a really light sleeper. We have a spring mattress, and every time we move, she wakes up. Her bed is a futon on the floor, so when I sleep with her and shift there, she doesn't wake up. Also, my spouse says that she doesn't sleep well when she sleeps with my LO, and she needs to be able to sleep for her work.

The past couple of nights, she's come to sleep with us in our LO's room, so that would solve the problem. We'll see if she continues to do that.

We considered bringing her to bed with us, but then we worried that that may start a habit of her wanting to come to our bed later when she's older rather than staying in her bed. Thoughts on that?

Since most babies seem to stop waking (needing attention) around 24 months, maybe I'll just wait until then.

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Sun, 10-18-2009 - 11:54am

We considered bringing her to bed with us, but then we worried that that may start a habit of her wanting to come to our bed later when she's older rather than staying in her bed. Thoughts on that?

They do eventually stop coming to your bed, if they did not I would have a REALLY crowded bed with an 11 year old, 4 year old and the baby. lol Our 4 year old will still occasionally come get in bed with us, but that is usually around 6 or 7am and then he will go back to sleep for a bit. The only time he has come and gotten in bed other than that in the last few months was when he was sick. IT has been years and years since the 11 year old came to our bed.

Certainly your spouse joining you all on the futon can work. If that works for all of you to get the most amount of sleep then it works.

We take the approach that they are little for such a short time that you do what you need to do. DH and I figure we will have time alone in our bed later and in the mean time there are other rooms in the house. ;) Honestly I can tell you that I sometimes miss cuddling with the older boys in bed - they really do grow up to fast.



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