We love our little angels. As much as possible, we want to spoil them. But of course, our babies can exhibit insatiable stubbornness. They will demand a lot of things. Food, attention, care--you name it. Furthermore, babies tend to develop a strong affinity toward pattern. For instance, young ones who are used to nursing before sleeping time will never be able to sleep without them being fed. This predicament is quite an issue because it cuts off the resting time of the mother.
For many of the exhausted families with whom we work, night weaning and sleep training are both high on the list of priorities. After all, constant night feeds can exhaust even the strongest parents, and a baby who can't fall asleep independently is one who will wake too early from a nap, or wake during the night due to sleep associations, and not out of true hunger. So yeah...when it comes to night weaning and sleep training, most parents would say, "Both, please!" But this raises an
It was a routine I had performed over and over at least once a night, but often, more, for over a year. The monitor went off like clockwork at 5 a.m., and I climbed the stairs to my daughter’s room on autopilot. I had become an expert at navigating my house in the dark – I knew exactly how many stairs my feet had to step, when to turn so that I wouldn’t ram my hips into the kitchen table corner, and my hands never fumbled for the doorknob to her room. It was Mother’s Day, and it was the
There is no script for night weaning. When night weaning happens varies widely from family to family - some babies are basically done night feeding quite young (around 4 or 5 months, for some), while other families are perfectly happy to keep feeding their 2 or 3 year old at night. And how to night wean? That's unscripted, too! Some parents opt for a cold-turkey approach, while other parents prefer to use a longer, gentler, more gradual approach. Remember, too, that when and how to night
Night weaning. It's a popular topic around The Baby Sleep Site®! Countless parents have contacted us over the years and asked, "Is my baby ready for night weaning?" The answer, of course, varies from baby to baby. So much depends on age, but we can't offer a simple 'if your baby is this age, then yes, it's time for night weaning'. Because we have to account for health factors, too - some babies simply need night feedings longer than others, especially if they have medical
One of the questions we get asked a lot (via Facebook posts, consultation e-mails, and blog article comments), is "When can I wean my baby from nighttime feedings?" Understandably, most parents are eager to get back to enjoying nights of peaceful, uninterrupted sleep, but still want to make sure their baby isn't going hungry. Of course, there is no fixed schedule for night weaning; every baby is different, so every baby will be ready to wean from night feedings at different points. As we
If you’re considering weaning your baby from breastfeeding to a bottle or cup, you’re probably thinking about which weaning method you’ll use. Or, you might be considering which bottle or cup will make the transition easiest. And, if you're reading The Baby Sleep Site, you are probably also thinking about how this may impact your baby's sleep. This article will discuss ways, both good and bad, that weaning from breastfeeding may impact your baby's sleep. Weaning from breastfeeding can