Toddler Weaning Tips??

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Toddler Weaning Tips??

My boys are 18 mo now, and I am not totally ready to wean, but I do want them weaned by two years old, so I've got 6 months to go. Smile I slowly weaned my ds, like cut out a feeding a week and finished at 18mo, but with the twins, so much harder! So I am looking for tips, I don't know what will work, because there are two babies. With just one it was much easier to distract him, but having to distract two can be difficult. Also, sometimes I'll let one especially fussy baby nurse for comfort, and then the other wanders in and notices, and of course wants to nurse as well. I think the bedtime feeding may be the easiest to cut out because dh can put the boys to bed (when I am ready, which is not yet lol), but the other feedings, dh is at work, so I just don't know what to do. And they are getting so cute with Abram saying "nuh nuh" for nurse and Wyatt signing milk (of course the pulling my shirt down with enough force to rip it is not so cute lol). They are finally doing better with sippy cups and cows milk, but still not awesome. My older kids would have like 3 sippies a day, and these boys we are lucky if we can get a full one a day. We have recently cut out the morning nap, so I was hopeful that we could just cut out that feed along with it, but they are still somewhat fussy and tired (but now finally usually sleep through the night--knock on wood!) so of course they want to nurse then. I really do not want to go cold turkey, I don't think it would be good emotionally for the boys or me, but who knows. lol.

So any great toddler weaning tips? (Sorry that was all so rambly!)

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Joined: 09/07/06
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That's tough. Last time I just used distraction to cut down on daytime feedings. My little guy really liked blue's clues, so we would get a snack and watch blue's clues anytime he wanted to nurse and I didn't want to. But you're right, it will be harder with two, because sometimes you really just have to nurse them if they need soothing, but you don't want the other to see. Could you put the other in a high chair with some non-chokeable snacks (even in front of the TV) and sneak away to nurse the needy one at that moment?

PS: my daughter is 14mo and won't take a sippy of milk either. She only wants to drink milk if it's in a bottle, and only water in her sippy. She doesn't like juice... so I'm at a loss at what to do when I "day wean" her to go back to work without pumping in August (when school starts again)

Joined: 01/25/02
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Yes, I could probably sneak away for a minute, may have to try that. Smile We are making progress on the sippies, Bram drank one completely dry today, that has never happened! Smile