Re: Conflicted and needs advice!!!
Tips for nightweaning:
- Communicate. Before bedtime, say "We're going to sleep. The sun is going to sleep. Mommy and Daddy are going to sleep. You are going to sleep. And (insert your special nursing word here) is going to sleep. We'll nurse again in the morning." In the morning, reinforce the lesson: "Yay! Everyone slept all night long! Now that the sun is up, it's time to nurse!"
- Have someone other than mom handle the night-wakings, if possible. Babies rarely want to nurse when they're not with mom.
- Have a sippy cup with water available for night-wakings; sometimes a toddler is genuinely thirsty.
- Wear restrictive nighttime clothing. Baby may give up on nursing more easily when he can't immediately gain access to your goodies.
- Be consistent! If you're going to night-wean, don't flip flop. That just confuses and upsets the kid and let's I'm know that if he REALLY throws a fit, he'll get what he wants.
- Think about your sleeping arrangements. If baby is in his own room, it might help for you to sleep on the floor in his room for a while- that way he knows you're there for him, and you can remind him that "we'll nurse in the morning, but now it's sleep time".
Coolest thing my big girl said recently: "How can you tell the world is moving when you are standing on it?"
Coolest thing my little girl sang recently: "I love dat one-two pupples!"