My baby is 20months old. And we are weaning. I would label her as a pretty persistant nurser. I think before, I was unsure of wanting to wean or how to wean. But now I know it's time. My baby confirmed my feelings when one evening, we were sitting on the couch and I said okay you can nurse or watch your favorite program. Everytime she turned to nurse I would turn off the T.V. and then she would want it on again. I told her 'you can't do both' decide. She OPTED for her puppy program with Mom sitting and holding her the whole time. That's what convinced me it was time.
So what have we done? In the last two weeks I've stopped all daytime nursings. We only nurse on waking up in the morning and after naps. And to sleep for naps and bedtime. And even the going to sleeps are starting to be shorter. She nurses for a while and then tells me she wants to be put into bed and she goes to sleep - no crying, no complaining. IT's great!
The Plan. I will keep on this for a few more weeks, and then I plan to cut out either the morning or After Naps nursing. Let her adjust, then cut another nursing.
The first week when I would not let her nurse---yes and there were some tears--- but man they were short--- I'd sit on the floor and say, Momma will hold you and sit with you. She'd shake her head NO! and walk away with blanket in tow. But those tears were very short lived.
How do I know it's time to go to the next stage? Before we started weaning she was waking up only once or twice a night. When we started weaning she went back up to waking 3 times. But now the times are going down again! When she gets back to once a night I'm moving on to the next cut off.
So many of the posts I see when I come to this site are people seeking advice on how to wean, or if it was time to wean. So I am going to try to keep you guys posted.
I really think I was wishy washy about it before. But now that I feel more confident in my decision. Things are going much better.