When to ween the night time feeds?!

Stephanie - posted on 11/28/2012 ( 1 mom has responded )

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I have a questions for you moms. I am looking at weening my almost 7 month son. I have heard many mixed things about doing so. I have a 18 month daughter who I weened at 10 months old because she was waking to play and I was using the bottle to get her to go back to sleep. It took two nights and she started sleeping 12-13 hours straight, and was a much happier baby. My son has been waking up and sometimes he will eat, and some times he plays. He doesn't eat good during the days that he eats lots the night before. Plus, he is waking more now then he did as a new born. I am exhausted and so is he. I am thinking of going cold turkey and just wanted to hear from other moms who have done similar and to hear what worked, what didn't. My daughter was upsets or two nights, but she was also more aware. I checked with my doctor and she said my sons weight gain is good and there is no need for him to feed at night. What kind of things has other mom done to comfort their little ones? I don't like the cry it out. I did do a version of this with my daughter, but that was because she didn't want me comforting her. I sat in her bedroom doorway humming a song to her. That was the only thing she wanted from me. I'm hoping I can comfort my son if/when he gets upset. I know that babies cry/fuss over anything they dislike, but it's still so distressful for me to hear my baby upset. The lack of sleep is really taking its,toll on not only my sons sleep and how much he eats during the day, but also on me. I am getting ran down and burnt out. Any suggestions is greatly appreciated.

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Sarah - posted on 11/30/2012

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I went cold turkey with both my kids. One was at about 7 or 8 months and the other was at about 3 to 4 months. The older one was because he was not sleeping through the night yet and my pedi said he should be and wanted me to start weaning him. The younger one was because she just quit waking up at night to eat. She would eat about 1 to 2 hours before going to bed and then she would sleep all night. With my oldest, I would rock him at night when he would wake instead of giving him a bottle. At first he didn't like it and it would take forever to get him to go back to sleep. I also refused to turn on any lights because he would then want to play. It took us about a week to get used to no bottle and then another week to start sleeping through the night. I am all for going cold turkey and getting it done and over with. It won't take as long as it would if you did it gradually by taking away so many ounces every 3 to 4 days. That could take weeks. Good luck.

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