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#1 Wacky Wobbler

Posted 26 December 2012 - 06:35 PM

When my 7wk old wakes for a feed during the night I always change his nappy even if it is only wet. I change it halfway through a feed. I have had a couple of people tell me that I shouldn't change it (unless it is dirty) as it will wake him up too much and he will struggle to go back to sleep.

Does anyone else not change nappies during the night?

#2 dotty27

Posted 26 December 2012 - 06:43 PM

Always changed a nappy till they have slept longer and no more feeds! For my babies the bed would be soaked otherwise, my dd this has been about 10 mths ds I can't remember sorry but probably earlier

#3 bronhilda

Posted 26 December 2012 - 06:47 PM

We do- we use cloth nappies and they are soaked by time she wake up. I am feeding using EBM and formula, so DH goes and heats the EBM while I change her nappy.

Even if we are using disposibles I usually change it, it is part of the routine here.

We also watch TV with the lights on while we feed overnight. Have done it with all 3 children, and have not had probles with settling back to sleep after the fee, and the first two slept through at 10 and 6 weeks respectively.

#4 Jekaho

Posted 26 December 2012 - 06:48 PM

I always changed his nappy in the middle of a feed, between sides (he always took both sides).

#5 jen88

Posted 26 December 2012 - 06:49 PM

If you are worried about it waking him up too much why not change before you start the feed?

I don't actually think it is necessary, unless you can feel it is very full or dirty. Try a few nights not changing and see if he goes back to sleep better and if he is leaking in the morning.

What sort of nappies do you use? that might make a difference too.

#6 madmax1

Posted 26 December 2012 - 06:51 PM

We always changed at night if needed. I think he was around 9 months when we stopped as it wasnt needed anymore.

We found it easier to change a nappy in the night rather than change bedding, clothes and gro bag.

#7 Madnesscraves

Posted 26 December 2012 - 06:53 PM

In the early days, I changed between feeds. Around about 6 months?  I started changing before a feed. She started to wake up too much at the halfway feed the halfway change nappy I think really is only good for when your baby is little and falls asleep feeding and you want to keep them up.

ETA: hard to type on iPhone!

Edited by Madnesscraves, 26 December 2012 - 06:55 PM.


#8 chickenpants

Posted 26 December 2012 - 06:58 PM

I changed his nappy just before I put him back to bed after his feed, he always wet his nappy while feeding.  Once he had a dry butt I re-wrapped him and he was put back in his cot drowsy. He learnt to put himself the rest of the way to sleep fairly quickly, no fussing.  He would make a few noises as he got comfortable then zonk out.

#9 Wacky Wobbler

Posted 26 December 2012 - 06:58 PM

We don't have too many issues with him going back to sleep. If we do I just usually put him in his rocker while I express and by the time I'm finished he is usually asleep. Lately I have been changing his nappy before the feed though.

The person who told me not to change his nappy was shocked that I did it, which I thought was a bit weird.

#10 Feral-as-Meggs

Posted 26 December 2012 - 06:58 PM

I didn't unless it was dirty, or very full.  But I had (have) a very bad sleeper who doesn't need any extra activity in the middle if the night.

#11 kwiggle

Posted 26 December 2012 - 07:02 PM

Nope, never change it between 6pm and 6am unless forced to! biggrin.gif  I try not to wake myself too much, but it also works for the baby...

#12 raindotdot

Posted 26 December 2012 - 07:08 PM

Someone somewhere will always be shocked, I wouldn't worry too much.

I changed DS overnight up until 4m or so. from then on, i only change d if it was a poop. We used disposables overnight and rarely does he leak.

#13 WithSprinkles

Posted 26 December 2012 - 07:21 PM

Only if dirty. I did change them at first until I realised it was waking her up too much. When I stopped changing during the night she soon started sleeping much longer stretches/through the night (of course that could just be a coincidence but I believe it did really help). I slather on nappy cream when putting on the night time nappy. Haven't had any problems with rashes.

It could be something to try if you want to encourage sleeping through but I say do ever what works for you.

#14 TotesFeral

Posted 26 December 2012 - 07:27 PM

I cannot imagine a wet nappy would be very comfortable to sleep in so I always change.
DS only wakes once so I change his nappy, feed and put back to bed.

#15 Futureself

Posted 26 December 2012 - 07:29 PM

We don't change unless it's dirty or overlay full either. In fact DS stays zipped in his cacoon too - another tip I read somewhere. He feeds and stays in a sleep zone and I pop him back and he's fast asleep after a few wiggles. I then change him as soon as he's next awake before the next feed.

#16 CupcakeMumma

Posted 26 December 2012 - 07:46 PM

We always changed our bubs if they woke in the night for a feed and they were wet.

#17 Carmen02

Posted 26 December 2012 - 07:48 PM

i always changed before the feed! Always thought it made them more comfortable original.gif

#18 Taystee

Posted 26 December 2012 - 08:00 PM

I did till about 10 weeks as a matter of course and after than only if very full or dirty.

Then when she got a bit older- maybe 4 months or so, I got jack of it and just started putting her in a bigger sized disposable with lots of barrier cream, and it was fine.

#19 Goggie

Posted 26 December 2012 - 08:02 PM

QUOTE (meggs1 @ 26/12/2012, 07:58 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I didn't unless it was dirty, or very full.  But I had (have) a very bad sleeper who doesn't need any extra activity in the middle if the night.


Ditto. Disposables hold a lot and unless he has done a poo I don't change until the morning as once he's fully awake it takes forever to get him back down. I did change at every feed until about 10 weeks or so because as a bf baby he pooed every nappy but grew out of it.

#20 ~faerydust~

Posted 26 December 2012 - 08:04 PM

I always changed DD1 until she started sleeping through. Never change DD2, she gets very distressed if I try to delay the feed at all and falls asleep as she finishes, and its definitely not worth waking her up again. We use cloth and haven't had any leaks or rashes so it doesn't worry me. Will wait and take my cue from the next bub before I decide what we do this time around.

#21 Mum2TwoDSs

Posted 27 December 2012 - 09:19 AM

DS2 now 11 weeks goes to bed at 8pm with a clean higher end nappy (such as Huggies). He rouses at 130am and 4amfor milk. We change nappy only if its full and mostly after feeds or he will scream the whole house down. If soiled (ESP the constant diarrhea recently), we change while feeding (meaning both of us must wake up, dh feeds while I clean him up).

I thought it's better to change before feed or he may puke milk when we lift  his bum with a full tummy, but he will cry! But Changing after a feed seems better as he is content and may do a big poo so no crying n save a nappy n save changing twice!

He usually won't wake if we keep it dim and quiet and gentle. If he does wake, he would just go to sleep after swaddle and put in cot.


#22 axiomae

Posted 27 December 2012 - 09:35 AM

When DD was little I would change her between sides as shs would fall asleep before the first breast was even finished and I needed to wake her up to finish the feed! She would always be sound asleep before I even put her in the bassinet so never had any issues with that.

#23 Mum2TwoDSs

Posted 27 December 2012 - 09:37 AM

QUOTE (kwiggle @ 26/12/2012, 08:02 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Nope, never change it between 6pm and 6am unless forced to! biggrin.gif  I try not to wake myself too much, but it also works for the baby...


How do you do that? I find that very hard. Won't thee be lots pee? Won't there be leaking at all? Even with AF, I need to change pads in the middle of the night as its so uncomfortable. I can't imagine bub wearing the same nappy for 12 hours.

#24 Funwith3

Posted 27 December 2012 - 11:26 AM

I never change nappies in the middle of the night. I do find that it wakes my baby and she struggles to settle afterwards. Of course, if I smell poos I change it or if its excessively wet but most of the time its fine til the morning.

#25 Madnesscraves

Posted 27 December 2012 - 11:40 AM

QUOTE (Mum2TwoDSs @ 27/12/2012, 10:37 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
How do you do that? I find that very hard. Won't thee be lots pee? Won't there be leaking at all? Even with AF, I need to change pads in the middle of the night as its so uncomfortable. I can't imagine bub wearing the same nappy for 12 hours.


In my opinion if they don't wake they're comfortable. From experience she pees when she wakes up. Not through the night. When I have AF I don't need to change pads overnight. But then again I use the night ones when required. Every baby is different.




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