Night Weaning

parenting, Svara

I’ve mentioned before that I’ve been trying to night wean Svara.  We did pretty well for awhile and then we finally got into a rhythm where she’d nurse before bed, and then not nurse again until 5 or 6 in the morning.

Then about 3 weeks ago she started teething again (her fourth eye tooth) and that put everything out of whack.  It used to be that I could tell her it wasn’t time to nurse yet and she’d have a drink and go back to sleep.  But you can’t tell that to her when she’s teething!  So she started nursing once or twice during the night (and a few times more than that on the night that the tooth actually poked out).  So the tooth was out, but THEN we caught a cold!  And again she insisted on nursing at night.  On the worst night I think I went in there a dozen times.  yikes!

Finally her cold is starting to go away and last night she nursed before bed, again at 11 (when she woke up and called me I went in and found her with no pajama bottoms or diaper on!!  Luckily she hadn’t peed yet… her zip-up-the-back pjs had been in the wash).  So I nursed her then, but when she woke up at 12:30 she fell back to sleep after I just tucked her in… and then she didn’t wake up until 7:20.  yay!  So it looks like we’re back on the right track again.

I thought that once I night weaned her that would be it, but just as most things having to do with parenthood, this has thrown me for a loop.  Ah well, at least we are heading in the right direction, even if the road is long and winding!


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