Sarah Ockwell-Smith delay by 5 min, then 10 min etc night weaning

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BertieBotts Thu 21-Jan-21 22:05:50

Has anyone done this? Essentially she reckons you can night wean by delaying nursing for 5 min the first night, 10 min the second night etc until you get to 30 mins.

More importantly has anyone done this with a toddler who definitely doesn't go to sleep any other way?! I keep reading it and thinking right that sounds good, but then when it gets to the moment of implementing the delay I'm like WTF? This is never going to work and so I just give up before I've even tried hmmconfused

Should I just try it?! She reckons it takes 7-10 days to have an effect.

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Harrysmummy246 Fri 22-Jan-21 15:42:49

I read lots and lots of different things before trying night weaning after DS was 18 mo. But he had stopped feeding to sleep at bedtime by 12 mo, only every other bloody wake up all bloody night long.

And I didn't want to have to think about how long to stay awake before I could pop a boob in his face and go back to sleep!

We did a lot of prep work in terms of reading 'Loving comfort: A toddler weaning story'. Daily. For months. Talking about it.

A countdown from 10 to delatch, either himself or I would, gradually sooner and as he was less sleepy.

Kept cosleeping, and cuddling.

Gradually tried offering cuddling first etc. Sometimes accepted. When that was mostly working, we went for it. He didn't ask for milk after the third night.

BertieBotts Fri 22-Jan-21 17:43:11

YY exactly I do not want to have to be timing myself as to how long until I'm allowed to feed him, aaargh.

However have been trying the cuddle-first method and countdowns for ages with no luck sad I think I need something a bit more structured.

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3WildOnes Fri 22-Jan-21 19:35:01

I cant see how that would have worked with mine. I just explained to mine that there was no more mummy milk in the night but if she woke up daddy would be there with cuddles and water. or if you are co sleeping the dr jay Gordon method.

Harrysmummy246 Fri 22-Jan-21 19:56:37

How old is your little one @BertieBotts ?

Sending daddy in for ours just caused hell @3WildOnes and to me, Jay Gordon still seemed quite harsh.

We got to the no more mummy milk chat eventually just did a lot of groundwork first.

3WildOnes Sat 23-Jan-21 07:15:40

@Harrysmummy246 I do understand that some find it harsh. I am of the opinion that an older baby or toddler being comforted in the night but not being given what they want (to nurse) is actually quite a good way for them to learn to manage their feeling of frustration/anger/dissapointment/loss/upset. It is the beginning of setting limits with love. Children need to feel these emotions and be helped through them by a loving parent. I know that this goes beyond what Bertie asked but I think this is what Sarah Ockwell Smith misses from lots of her writing on babies and children.

BertieBotts Sat 23-Jan-21 08:39:37

That's interesting because she writes about it quite a lot in the Second Baby Book which is what I was reading. I have also been reading Janet Lansbury who talks about this a lot.

If DH goes in he jsut gets worked up until he's completely awake and then doesn't go back to sleep so that is no good.

He is 2.5 and I'm pregnant again so really need to stop feeding all night. It's just got worse since I've got pregnant as well, I don't know if he can already taste the change in the milk.

Jay Gordon won't work as ideally I am wanting an intervention/method I can use in his own room, before I move him to our bed. I don't really want him in the bed with the newborn and would like to make the change in advance so he doesn't feel pushed out.

Did 5 min last night which went OK. He did cry but not as bad as I thought it would be and he was clearly getting some comfort from a cuddle. However then I confused myself because his next wake up was at 4am and I'd been following a different method the last few nights of trying to keep him in his room until 4am but bringing him through when he woke up if it was after 3/4. (As have also read in a different book to treat 4am as "early morning" aka all bets are off just do whatever, asap to get them back to sleep, or accept getting up!) - mixing methods is obviously not going to be helpful to anyone, but that's where my half asleep thought process went.

We are moving DS1 into DS2's current room and DS2 into a bigger room he will eventually share, so my next plan if this doesn't work is to put DS2 in a single bed and climb in with him, as lying next to him is currently the only way he settles without milk, so I'm hoping I can transfer this to him staying in his bed but with a cuddle and then transition to me being next to the bed and then further away.

But I'm going to give the delay tactic at least 2 weeks before changing anything.

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3WildOnes Sat 23-Jan-21 09:05:14

Interesting, Janet Lansbury is pro cry it out. Or at least she has a guest blogger on her website who supports cry it out.

BertieBotts Sat 23-Jan-21 09:23:20

Yes, I have seen that cause a lot of controversy! I don't think I would do cry it out (I don't think it would work at this age anyway, and I'm a bit morally uncertain about doing it at an age where they can't physically leave, or differentiate between disgruntlement and fear) but I do think her insistence that we should embrace kids' difficult feelings and not be afraid of them is very important, and def what is missing from a lot of gentle parenting stuff, especially as I recognise myself in her description of the parent who is drawn to gentle parenting because I am a bit conflict avoidant and a people pleaser.

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BertieBotts Sat 23-Jan-21 09:24:59

And I find Janet's stuff in general to have the respect I liked from Gentle Parenting but with less wishy-washyness, which tends to make me be nice nice nice nice SCREAMING HARPY because I've gone so far over the line of what I can cope with blush

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3WildOnes Sat 23-Jan-21 09:34:33

I think our oldest boys are around the same age as I remember you from when I first joined mumsnet. I am the same as you a bit of a people pleaser and conflict avoidant too. I would reccomend the book 'saying no' by Asher Phillips. She is also pro cry it out (which I am not) but I did feel like it was a useful book for someone like me who probably sways towards being too permissive. She is a child psychotherapist.

BertieBotts Sat 23-Jan-21 21:09:09

Aaah yes possibly :D I used to be quite active on the old AP/gentle parenting threads!

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