How do I weaning/night weaning my 1 year old

Cathy - posted on 07/20/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My son just turned 1 a few days ago and I want to start weaning him. I want to start night weaning first, since I read that u're suppost to start with the feed that u like least!!! Some nights, he will sleep 11 hours straight without waking to feed and other nights, he will be up after 5 hours, feed, then sleep till 8am. I'm just unsure about how to do the night wean... is just leaving him to CIO the best way to do it? My son does know how to fall alseep himself. I also have a 3 year old that sleeps across the hall from his brother that I would rather not try have him waking up...
Thanks!!!
(and please, no comments on me continuing to nurse till 2 years old. I really do want to wean now. I've been counting down to his first bday --- I really do love nursing him and am sad that it's coming to an end, but I am super excited to chuck my nursing bras as well!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

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Lori - posted on 07/21/2011

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I started giving my daughter a sippy cup of water to sleep with when she stopped nursing at night. If he wakes and cries, I'd go in and offer water and a hug. He may just be a little thirsty and that will satisfy him, or he may protest. Try offering comfort in other ways rocking, singing etc. if just the water doesn't do it for him. It may take a little while, a few nights or more than a week. Really depends on your LO.

Personally, I started dropping feeds that SHE was least attached to first. For us it was a mid morning feed. Replaced it with a snack and she never even realized we'd dropped a feed. Kept dropping nursings till we got down to just before bed (nap or night time) and right when she would wake up. Since her favorite time to nurse was when she woke, we dropped nursing to sleep next. Replaced that with a cup of milk and story time. Then we dropped nursing after nap time by just distracting her as soon as she woke up. Finally we dropped the first thing in the morning feed which was hardest for me to give up too since I loved lounging in bed for that extra 30 minutes in the morning. But if I wouldn't nurse her she wouldn't just lay and cuddle with me. About 2 months after weaning completely she decided it would be ok to just lay next to me and cuddle in bed without nursing.

Hope this helps, and good luck on your weaning journey.

Lori - posted on 07/21/2011

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I started giving my daughter a sippy cup of water to sleep with when she stopped nursing at night. If he wakes and cries, I'd go in and offer water and a hug. He may just be a little thirsty and that will satisfy him, or he may protest. Try offering comfort in other ways rocking, singing etc. if just the water doesn't do it for him. It may take a little while, a few nights or more than a week. Really depends on your LO.

Personally, I started dropping feeds that SHE was least attached to first. For us it was a mid morning feed. Replaced it with a snack and she never even realized we'd dropped a feed. Kept dropping nursings till we got down to just before bed (nap or night time) and right when she would wake up. Since her favorite time to nurse was when she woke, we dropped nursing to sleep next. Replaced that with a cup of milk and story time. Then we dropped nursing after nap time by just distracting her as soon as she woke up. Finally we dropped the first thing in the morning feed which was hardest for me to give up too since I loved lounging in bed for that extra 30 minutes in the morning. But if I wouldn't nurse her she wouldn't just lay and cuddle with me. About 2 months after weaning completely she decided it would be ok to just lay next to me and cuddle in bed without nursing.

Hope this helps, and good luck on your weaning journey.

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