Night weaning

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Registered: 12-04-2007
Night weaning
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Mon, 02-27-2012 - 11:29am

I'd love to hear any night weaning stories anyone might have. I've read this article: http://drjaygordon.com/attachment/sleeppattern.html

and I'm trying to roughly follow it, but I would love to hear some real life stories. Thanks ladies!

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Mon, 02-27-2012 - 12:14pm

I have two different night weaning stories.




Thank you for the sig Mary

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Registered: 03-19-2007
Mon, 02-27-2012 - 2:31pm
Barrett night-weaned at 14 months. Prior to trying to actually night wean I tried to cut down the time he was feeding at night (he was usually up 2x a night) so that he wouldn't be used to getting lots of food at night. I went away for three nights to go to a wedding in CA, and Barrett stayed at my in-laws for the weekend (with DH for the last two night). He'd never had a bottle at night, so I guess when he woke up the first night, my ILs brought him into bed with them and he eventually went back to sleep. Once I was back in town, we just sent DH in when Barrett woke up for a couple weeks. This worked for us since we weren't co-sleeping. We had actually tried to night wean him before I went away, but he just wasn't having it. It was like he knew I was in the house, and he wouldn't go back to sleep until I had nursed him!

I'm optimistic that Novalie might night wean herself since she currently only nurses 1x a night - usually around 12 or 5 am, so she has a 7+ hour stretch of sleep at night! (I shouldn't even type this - I just know I'm totally jinxing myself by writing about how well she is sleeping!)
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Registered: 12-23-2003
Tue, 02-28-2012 - 3:47am
No advice but good luck night weaning!

Sarah- Did you have Desmond sleep with DH when you tried night weaning? Hopefully your experience with Sully is much more like your experience with Eloise:)

Brita- I hope you luck holds! Novalie's sleeping sounds great!
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Registered: 06-03-2011
Tue, 02-28-2012 - 4:54pm

Grace - Thanks for sharing hte article. This is interesting. While we don't have the family Bed and Gabby sleeps in her crib. SHe is starting to wake up around 3am, 4am or 5am most mornings and the only thing that will get her back down is nursing her to sleep. Part of me doesn't care, if I spend a 1/2 hour and nurse her to sleep then she will sleep until almost 7. But if I don't then she is crying the entire night. Last night Dh went up at 3:20 after 10 minutes and tried to put her down, she screamed (with us going in and reassuring her) until 4:10 when I went up and nursed her for a 1/2 hour. THen she slept until 7.

So hard.....this has been my BIGGEST struggle with her as a parent. I just have never had a great sleep schedule for her. The later she goes down the earlier she gets up...

GL!!

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Registered: 12-04-2007
Wed, 02-29-2012 - 3:28am
"The later she goes down the earlier she gets up..."

That has always been true of both my boys, even James who is an amazing sleeper. Someone told me early on that good sleep begets sleep, and that has always kind of been my mantra. The well rested baby always sleeps better at night. Skipping naps, or putting them to bed later rarely has the positive effects you would hope for...

Anyway, night weaning has been put on hold I guess. I have the flu, and I do not have the energy to fight with David over nursing. It was looking like it was going to work though. I was able to not nurse from 8-3 and when he woke up we would just talk about how milkies were night night. The first night he woke up at 12 and screamed for an hour, but the second night he just kind of fussed for 10 minutes or so. Of course last night I did not have the energy for it, so that probably set us back. I'll probably wait a while and try again I guess...
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Registered: 09-08-2007
Thu, 03-08-2012 - 11:32am

I guess we started partial night-weaning around the 9 month sleep regression when he was waking up every hour or two.

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