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MommyO2-6631
Mother's who let their kiddo self wean...
February 8 at 10:16 PM
At what age did they decide not to night nurse anymore? Not at what age did YOU night wean them... when did they night wean themselves?

Last night DS stayed in his grandparents room and didn't nurse all night. He woke twice but was content with some water in a cup and a cuddle from grandma so I know he's capable of going without his "tea" all night. It makes me wonder if it's time to night wean or if it's worth the struggle at his age. I don't want to force it if he's already close to the age when most kids night wean themselves, kwim?

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  • JadeTigr7
    February 8 at 10:18 PM

    All of mine were somewhere between 10-14 months of age when they stopped wanting/needing to nurse at night.

  • TiffanyMarie80
    February 8 at 10:24 PM
    My oldest 2 were 15 months and 18 months, but I was pregnant each time and that was a factor- they both weaned completely while I was pregnant as well. My youngest night weaned on her own shortly after 2...for the most part. She would very occasionally still ask to nurse for a few months, but that was after 2 solid years of every 1-2 hours :/ I don't know exactly what triggered her night weaning- it happened over the course of about a week, and was a very happy surprise! Lo
  • gdiamante
    February 8 at 10:26 PM

    He night weaned all on his own at about age two. But he'd been sleeping at his grandparents' house without night nursing from before he was even six months, because I was a road warrior during his infancy. he didn't generally take night bottles there but continued night nursing at home.

    So... just because yours goes without at grandma's doesn't mean he's ready to do without at home. 

  • MommyO2-6631
    February 8 at 10:28 PM
    See that's what I'm thinking. We're down to twice. Usually around 2ish and 6ish. Sometimes he won't sleep at all without it in his mouth all night but that's become rare. He'll be two in June so if it's that close then I don't see a need to disrupt his routine when we're already pretty close.

    Quoting TiffanyMarie80: My oldest 2 were 15 months and 18 months, but I was pregnant each time and that was a factor- they both weaned completely while I was pregnant as well. My youngest night weaned on her own shortly after 2...for the most part. She would very occasionally still ask to nurse for a few months, but that was after 2 solid years of every 1-2 hours :/ I don't know exactly what triggered her night weaning- it happened over the course of about a week, and was a very happy surprise! Lo
  • hriabywx4
    February 8 at 10:28 PM
    With my kids the night nursing is the last to go. But that has more to so with our schedule. I work and we bedshare. So they tend to drop the day nursing first.

    It really depends on the kiddo
  • MommyO2-6631
    February 8 at 10:30 PM
    I'm thinking if the "average" night weaning age is around two anyways then it's not worth the struggle. We're so close to that already.

    Quoting gdiamante:

    He night weaned all on his own at about age two. But he'd been sleeping at his grandparents' house without night nursing from before he was even six months, because I was a road warrior during his infancy. he didn't generally take night bottles there but continued night nursing at home.

    So... just because yours goes without at grandma's doesn't mean he's ready to do without at home. 

  • aehanrahan
    February 8 at 10:53 PM
    My second stopped waking to nurse sometime between 3-4 years old.
  • mommawhite08
    February 8 at 11:26 PM
    I night weaned my daughter at 3.5. I kept going she would do it on her own. .. But no way, lol
  • graycalico
    February 9 at 12:05 AM
    I'll let you know if it ever happens. Lol. The only time my son went all night was when I was in the hospital having my daughter. They are now 28 months and 8 months, she wakes less than he does. Haha
  • MylittlePea
    February 9 at 12:10 AM
    my sons 3 1/2 YEARS and still night nurses and I tandem. Fuck baby led weaning, that might be the exhaustion talking but seriously I'm tired, thirsty, touched out and theres no end in sight my son loves to nurse and cannot put himself back to sleep without it.

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