Sunday, November 27, 2011

Bottle Weaning

The time has come for Connor to be a big boy. I could give you a million excuses why we didn't do it sooner, but the bottom line was that we never really thought it was the right time. When he was 1, he was still on formula because he was allergic to milk, so we didn't think that was the right time. When he was 1.5 Cole passed away and Connor became very needy and started waking up multiple times a night. When Connor was 2 the babies were born and we didn't want to take something away from him at the same time the babies came home (lest he associate the babies with a punishment). So here we are.

Not everyone will appreciate this, but I know whenever I have to do something big like this, I scour the blogs for advice. Here is what we did. It might not work for you. I know I've heard a lot of moms say that they have trouble with the crying. I understand and I don't judge. This is what we did and it worked for me and our family.

Day 1 (Sunday, November 20th): We stayed at my parents' house a little later than normal. We came home around 9pm and put Connor to bed. He asked for a bottle and we told him he was a big boy. We heard him cry for about five minutes. He self-soothed. Then cried another 10 minutes and then fell asleep. [I felt bad the first night. Not after the first 5 minutes. I expected that. It was the 10 minutes afterwards. Eeek!]

Day 2 (Monday, November 21st): Morning: I go in to wake him up and see that he found an empty bottle to use as a pacifier (oops!). Night: We put him to bed at his normal bedtime. He cries for 10 minutes. We go in, give him a kiss, rub his back and tell him it's time to go "night night." He asks for a bottle. We explain that he's a big boy. He lies down and we leave. He begins to cry for another 20-30 minutes (off and on - occasionally he'll stop for a good amount of time and we'll think he's asleep and then he'll start again). He is saying over and over and over "water? milk?" I go in with a cup of water and say he can have a sip. He gulps the whole glass down, hands it back to me, and lies down. I leave. He cries for another 4-5 minutes and falls asleep. [This night was harder on me than it was Mr. Howard. In fact, he fell asleep before I even brought the glass of water to Connor.]

Day 3 (Tuesday, November 22nd): We put Connor to bed at the normal time. He asked for a bottle and we again explained that he is a big boy and reminded him that he had a glass of milk at dinner. He cried when we gave him a kiss and shut his door. He cried for only about 5-10 minutes and it was a very light cry (more of a whine). [Hooray! I'm seeing progress!]

Day 4 (Wednesday, November 23rd): We put him down much later than normal (we were at my parents' until about 8pm. He went right down without any crying.

Day 5 (Thursday, November 24th): We put Connor down at his normal time, but we were at my parents' house. He cried for about 20 minutes (but he was crying out for his Uncle Colin, Becca, Nova, Nana, Papa, Daddy, Mama, Katie...anyone he thought might come get him). I honestly think it had less to do with the bottle as much as it did that he could hear we were still up having fun. I went in there and rubbed his back. He cried for another 20-30 minutes.

Day 6: (Friday, November 25th): Naptime: Connor went right down. He woke up after about 15 minutes asking for Nova (my brother's dog). He cried for about 10 minutes and then went down again. Bedtime: Connor cried for a little bit (maybe 5 minutes and then went down).

I think we have officially weaned him from the bottle!!!


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