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Saturday, May 16, 2009

Weaning Baby from Night Feedings

My goal is to successfully teach baby to sleep through the night. Recently, I have started the process of weaning baby from night feedings. Every night he wakes up one time on average and starts crying and always looking for a nipple or something to suck on. I have put together resources from books I've read and online research and have started noting on a chart of his wakings and sleeps. I will follow up on the progress in a couple weeks.

Guide to good sleep habits:
Babies between 6 and 12 months will need about 14-15 hours of sleep each day.

1) Continue on with bedtime routing: wash/bathe and/or reading a bedtime story

2) Continue to breastfeed/bottlefeed. Put baby in crib drowsy, but slightly awake. This will also teach your baby to fall asleep on their own. Don't try to feed baby at each arousal. Let your baby self-soothe to sleep. Pick him up and comfort him if he wont' stop crying (I don't recommend the cry-it-out method).

3) Decrease feeding times gradually. You may experience more wakings during the weaning process, but continue to decrease feedings each time. It is okay to nurse as much as he wants during the day.

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