Night weaning your child can easily be classified as one of the finer moments a parent has in their life. Read more on how to wean your child off of night feedings and find out how to get a much needed, solid night's sleep after a long gap!
You love your baby and no one doubts that. But you’d give anything up for a solid night’s sleep, wouldn’t you? ‘Fess up’…it’s okay. Weaning your baby from night feedings is one of the more finer moments that a parents has, and one of the most anticipated too.
When should you night wean your baby
While there is no magic number, a baby between the age of 4 to 6 months should be able to make it through the night without needing to eat. Did you get that? The operative word there was ‘needing’. Night weaning is more about breaking habits than it is about decreasing food intake. Babies, just like adults, get into habits or patterns of behaviour. While some infants will naturally night wean themselves, others wake to eat out of a need to soothe themselves rather than fill their bellies.
How to night wean your baby
Night weaning is a lot like any other aspect of parenting in that what works for one child may not work for another. The key to successfully night weaning your baby, however, is to eliminate the ‘problem’ or the reason they wake up during the night.
More tips on how to wean your child off night feedings on the next page..