My son is 9 1/2 months old and I'm planning on weaning him after he turns 1 and I'm comfortable that he's transitioned to cow's milk well (I've got a milk allergy, so I'm not sure if he'll have issues, too). I work a demanding, stressful management job, so continuing past 1 year will be quite difficult for me (I pump at the office at least 3 times a day, depending on my milk supply). My baby's very healthy and has never had an ounce of formula, so I'm comfortable with my plan.
Anyway, he is a reverse cycle feeder. He normally only drinks about 8 oz of milk while I'm in the office (I pump around 11-14 oz during the day). At night, he sleeps in our bed and nurses about six times during the night. He has only slept in his crib once. During the day, his nanny is having difficulty putting him down for his naps, so he sleeps in her arms (I've already mentioned to her that this is a problem, but I am having a hard time giving her advice on how to fix).
My baby goes to sleep as I nurse him in bed after work around 7PM. After that, I feel quite trapped because I am afraid that he will fall out of my bed or will get smothered by pillows if I leave him. Here are my questions:
1) Do you have any tips on how I can get him to take his naps in his pack and play or crib during the day?
2) Do you have any tips on how I can get him to sleep in his crib from about 7PM to 10PM while I'm still continuing to nurse him?
3) Do you have any tips on how I can night wean him and get him used to sleeping in his own crib at night?
I am months away from the whole weaning thing, but I would like to plan ahead. Given that he's so used to being in our bed, I think I definitely have to do this gradually.
Any advice or tips are most welcome. Thank you!