My DS is 9 months and has never been a good sleeper - at the moment he wakes 3/4 times a night (I BF back to sleep). He has always been able to self settle but over the last week since he can pull himself up bedtime is turning into a battle so I am looking for a way to nip this in the bud and also hopefully reduce the night wakings (espcially as I am back at work next week!) so would gradual withdrawl work for me and if so what do I do?
Hello have just replied to another very similar thread! What I would do is make the decision that you do not want to feed in the night anymore and stick to it. Therefore when your baby wakes go in and reassure but do not put any lights on, keep it very calm and quiet and after a kiss and cuddle put him back down and leave. Repeat every 10 mins until he gets the message! This will be hell for a couple of nights and then once the habit is broken you will get 12 hours of blissful sleep (in theory!) You of course need to make sure he isn't genuinely hungry and is getting enough to eat during the day. A bedtime routine is must for getting them to recognise bedtime. If you are consistent it honestly will not take a long time to stop him waking at night. If you want to you could offer him water when he wakes. Good luck XxX