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How to Night Wean

Being a parent is a joyous and rewarding experience, but let's be real: it can also be exhausting. Especially when your little bundle of joy decides that sleep is overrated and prefers to party all night long. If you're at your wits' end and desperate for some shut-eye, it might be time to consider night weaning.

What is night weaning?

Night weaning is the process of gradually reducing your baby's nighttime feedings so they can learn to sleep through the night. It's like teaching them that the kitchen is closed during the wee hours of the morning. But fear not, weary parent, because we've got some tips to help you navigate this sleep-deprived journey.

1. Start with a full tummy

Just like you wouldn't go on a road trip without a full tank of gas, your baby shouldn't go to bed hungry. Make sure they have a hearty dinner and a satisfying bedtime snack to keep those hunger pangs at bay.

2. Gradually reduce nighttime feedings

Slow and steady wins the race, or in this case, the sleep marathon. Start by reducing the length of nighttime feedings by two minutes each night to gradually reduce and eliminate their night feeds.

3. Offer comfort in other ways

When your baby wakes up in the middle of the night looking for a snack, offer them comfort in other ways. Try soothing them with a gentle back rub, a lullaby, or a cozy blanket. They might just forget about their hunger and drift back to dreamland.

4. Get your partner involved

Sharing is caring, especially when it comes to nighttime parenting duties. Get your partner involved in the night weaning process. They can take turns soothing the baby or even take over some of the nighttime feedings. Plus, it's always nice to have someone to share the sleepless nights with.

5. Be patient and stay consistent

Night weaning is not an overnight miracle. It takes time, patience, and a whole lot of coffee. Stick to your plan and stay consistent. Eventually, your baby will catch on and start sleeping through the night like a champ.

6. Celebrate small victories

Every milestone deserves a celebration, no matter how small. When your baby successfully sleeps through the night without a feeding, give yourself a pat on the back (or a high-five if you're feeling extra fancy). You're one step closer to a full night's sleep!


Night weaning can be a challenging journey, but with a little patience and a lot of caffeine, you can survive the sleepless nights. Remember, you're not alone in this. Reach out to other parents who have been through it or seek guidance from a pediatrician. Soon enough, you'll be enjoying those sweet, uninterrupted Zzz's once again.

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