weaning and sleeping through the night

Emily - posted on 10/22/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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I am trying to wean my 11 month old son who won't take the sippie cup or bottle without a fight. Any suggestions as to how i start this process? just keep doing it and eventually he'll catch on? drop one feeding per week? AHHH, so much information out there i can't seem to know where to begin. too, my son should be sleeping through the night, right? he gets up sometimes twice at night...last night just once, but still, he shouldn't be needing a feeding at all by now, right?

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Alanna - posted on 10/25/2009

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just make it gradule... (sorry about the spelling. lol) However, about sleeping through the night.... My last child didn't start sleeping through the night until 16 months or so. I had to force it because she was waking up 4X per night for nursing. I finally had to let her cry it out and it only took a week and ever night got better. If I took the passive aproach on this one, I'm sure I still at 26 months would be getting up 4X per night had I not put my foot down. lol.

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My daughter is finally getting close to sleeping through the night at 21 months. I know that must sound awful to you now, but she is a wonderful child in a lot of ways, just never was a "good" sleeper. In response to the earlier poster, just FYI, I will say that I called MY pediatrician about it around 18 months and she said some babies just keep waking up for a while and not to feel bad about it. Respond how you feel best (I ended up deciding that not nursing, but rocking or holding her was a good transition for a while). If you are consistent about whatever you want to do with the nighttime routine, things will work out eventually. BTW, my opinion about the weaning is that it's best to go gradually, and it's okay to go do a long lunch or whatever without completely weaning. At 11 months, your child will find a way to get some calories while you are gone for a few hours.

Kim - posted on 10/23/2009

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I had the same problem with my son and not sleepin threw the night but when I asked the doc he said there was no reason for the baby to be waking up and I should just let him cry himself back to sleep. The first 2 nights he cried for almost an hour before he finaly fell back to sleep. But it worked and after 3 nights of it he did start sleepin threw the night and not wakin up.

Emily - posted on 10/23/2009

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i just bought some new sippie cups...he seems to be taking to them pretty well:-)...it's when i go in his room with it (b/c i'm not BF him) that he catches on and is a pain in the butt:-) i'll keep trying...he should be sleeping through the night, right?

Stephanie - posted on 10/23/2009

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Every baby is different! don't ever think you are a bad mom because of how your baby measures up to others. my oldest boy weaned himself at about 6 months and at 12 months she was off his bottle and paci. my youngest however is 19 months old and still wants his bottle. I went to formula and bottles at about 4 months with him and he doesn't want to let go of his bottle. you just have to be patient. and keep trying. Offer them a bottle several times. Talk to your doctor it should be about time for them to switch to cows milk if you want. Another idea on the sippy cup, my oldest one i had to buy him special cups and bottles that were soft and a little bigger than most. you might give that a try.

Elmary - posted on 10/22/2009

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I here you. I want my body back and I hate the thought of not being around my son because he prefers BM over solids, so I feel like I can't go anywhere without him attached to my hip. Deep down though it's nice to always feel needed for me. I have a 9 year old that thinks he can do everything for him self now.

Emily - posted on 10/22/2009

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yeah, he may not be ready, but mom is ready!:-) i want my body back and to be able to go somewhere without knowing i'm racing against the clock...i'd love to be able to go to the gym or a nice lunch without having to rush back to feed my son. too, it's about time husband helps a little. he needs to feel what it's like to get up in th middle of the night!:-)

Elmary - posted on 10/22/2009

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Im BF and my son is almost 7 months and he wakes at least 3 times a night. This seems to be very common with BF babies. If you are winning maybe it is his way of telling you that he is not ready yet. All you can do is keep trying if you have to give up BF now. Sorry my son wont take a bottle either.

Emily - posted on 10/22/2009

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thanks Stephanie. it's so annoying when my friends say, "he's still not sleeping through the night?" makes me feel like a bad mom.

Stephanie - posted on 10/22/2009

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My little one doesn't like to take sippy cups.. maybe try the cups with straws. Mine seems to like the straws pretty well. As far as the sleeping through the night it just takes time. He has to get used to not needing to wake up. There are still nights when my little one wakes up. It just takes time. Be patient because most children can tell when you are stressing and that can cause them to hold on tighter at times. Hope this helps. Good luck

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