This has been an interesting week! I told you guys that I would keep you posted about weaning our last little love off of the breast. Well, it has been a week and he is not fully weaned. However, he is 100% weaned off at night!!!! What?! I know I can’t believe it either. Honestly, night weaning is usually even harder than daytime weaning. But it has been done AND now he is also sleeping in his crib throughout the night. That’s right! No more co-sleeping!
Every article that I have read in the past tells you to do one or the other at a time. Nope! We did both and he handled it like a champ. Mommy on the other hand, not so much. Now I am going to tell you how we did it and I can’t wait to give you our method! Come to think of it, we did almost the exact same thing when Raelynn was little. Now that I know that it works, I am excited to share it with you all.
First, we changed his nighttime routine slightly. I would normally nurse him until he fell asleep. Instead of doing that, I nursed him while he was still wide awake (if I nursed him at all). Then, I handed him to Shaun (my hubby). Shaun took him upstairs, laid him in his crib, rubbed his back for a couple of seconds, and told him to go to sleep. Guess what?! He actually went to sleep!!!! He did wake up a couple of times that night and Shaun just told him to lay back down and go back to sleep. I would not suggest this method if your child is under 12 months. When we woke up the next morning, I looked over and SJ was still fast asleep in his bed. Shaun then asked me how I slept and I cried my little eyes out.
Shaun explained to me that he will help with weaning and get SJ to sleep in his crib. I agreed that it was time but I still cried because he is our last baby. It has been one week and SJ still remains in his bed at night. He might wake up once but goes right back to sleep when told. Mission accomplished! He is now night weaned and self-soothing in his own bed.
Advice to the breastfeeding mamas, you don’t have to be the one to wean your little one. Someone else can help you. When we do it alone the job becomes seventy-five percent more difficult because you have all the milk right there with you while you are telling them no. I don’t know about you but SJ gets so mad lol. When I was weaning Raelynn we lived in the house with my sister. She hated to sleep alone and always wanted Raelynn to come downstairs to sleep with her. SURE!!!! Night weaned!!!! Also, if they are still co-sleeping, you are also making it harder for yourself. Who in their right minds wouldn’t want to roll over for a midnight snack?!
I really hope that this helps someone and that night-weaning is so much easier for you all. I am actually thankful that this part of my life is over. Now onto potty training lol!
What methods did you use for night-weaning and self-soothing? Did you co-sleep at all? I would love to get some new tips in the comments below.
Until next time…..Lady Ki