What is night weaning?

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What is night weaning?

In the early days, it can seem like you’ll never know a full night of sleep again. Surely your baby will grow out of the late night (early morning) feedings some time, but what can you do to speed the process along?

What is night weaning?

You’re probably familiar with the concept of weaning, which happens when you gradually accustom your baby to other sources of nutrition while slowly phasing out breast milk or formula. Night weaning is similar, except you’re just weaning your baby off of feeding at night, both to help establish good eating habits, and to preserve your sanity by allowing you to sleep through the night. Additionally, some experts, like Dr. Richard Ferber, believe that night feedings may actually lead to sleep problems, so night weaning could help address those issues, as well.

When are babies ready for night weaning?

By the time your baby is 5 or 6 months old, she may be ready for night weaning. Night weaning is optional of course, and some parents who enjoy the midnight cradles and feedings choose to skip it altogether, while some babies reduce and eventually end night feedings on their own. However, even if your baby doesn’t take the initiative on night weaning, there are several signs that it might be right for both of you:

How can I get started?

There are many different ways to go about night weaning, but here are some tips to get started:

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