advice for a mom......

United States
October 19, 2006 4:30am CST
My almost 3 mo old daughter is sleeping 7-8 hr stretches at night, should i wake her up to change her diaper or just let her sleep? if i just let her sleep will it cause diaper rash? my son didn't sleep more than 4-5 hrs until he was 7 months
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@ossie16d (11834)
• Australia
19 Oct 06
When our son was young, he couldn't tolerate a wet and/or soiled nappy/diaper but at the same time sleep wasn't something that he was fond of. However I had these special nappy/diaper liners and the urine went through them onto the nappy but kept his little bottom dry. you should still be able to get them because they were fantastic. I think that if your baby is asleep, let her stay that way and when she wakens change her nappy/diaper. Make sure that you wipe her little bottom properly and if it looks like a rash is coming out, immediately put some soothing salve on it. You can also leave her with nothing on her bottom if it isn't too cold and this will not hurt her either BUT make sure you have a plastic underlay so the mattress isn't stained if she wets herself again.
@ossie16d (11834)
• Australia
19 Feb 07
Thanks very much for giving me best response for this disucssion. :)
• United States
19 Feb 07
youre welcome :)
• Canada
20 Feb 07
I would never wake up a 3 month old to change their diaper! But that's my opinion! I think if she was uncomfortable she would let you know. Obviously it doesn't bother her, or she would be waking up and crying. Make sure she is dry before going to bed, put some diaper cream on her, and enjoy your sleep!
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• United States
20 Feb 07
shes 7 months old now & she lets me know when she needs/wants to be changed :)
• United States
19 Feb 07
I've learned to let sleeping babies lie. If she needs to be changed she will wake up and let you know. You should thank your lucky stars that she is sleeping for such long stretches at night. Besides if you go in and start waking her up then thats what she will think she is supposed to do and it will become a habit and there will no more sleep for you!
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• United States
19 Feb 07
thanks :)
• United States
20 Dec 06
I would let her sleep and just make sure to change her diaper before she goes down for the night. This way her diaper is fresh and clean starting out. She shouldn't get a rash unless she has really sensitive skin.
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• United States
20 Dec 06
thanks for all the advice everyone, i have been changing her right before bed and as soon as she wakes up and she's been fine so far :)
• Australia
19 Oct 06
Don't wake her-she'll wake you!! lol. If you are worried, then put a nappy liner in and use a good nappy rash cream like desitin or bepanthen. Its not clear if they are diposables or cloth.
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• United States
19 Oct 06
thanks everyone for your responses, im going to look into the nappy, and i might try letting her sleep bare. Shes gotten her routine down to where she doesnt soil herself at night, only wet
@rsa101 (13337)
• Philippines
22 Feb 07
Inour case we were able to change diapers even thoug he's fast asleep. There was no problem in him if we change him while he sleeps and after changing diapers and in case he would wake up, he would just continue his nap just the same. I also read that its good time to give her a bottle to feed her in case she wakes up and gets irritable.
• Philippines
20 Feb 07
yes you should change her diaper while she is sleeping, i do that also to my four month old baby, you have to change it if it is full, it may cause diaper rash, it is okey your baby will get back to sleep after you change her diaper,,, i know i am a mother too happy parenting to us
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• United States
21 Dec 06
Oh let the babe sleep. Both my kids were sleepers and were sleeping through the night at an early age also. Then quickly they were sleeping 12 hours a night....:o) Babies/kids need their sleep and unless there were a serious issue with rashes etc....I would just make sure dipes are clean and fresh before bed and change first thing in the morning.
@sylviekitty (2084)
• United States
20 Dec 06
Be grateful your daughter is sleeping that long! If she's hungry, she'll wake up. If she needs you for anything, she'll wake up. So enjoy the peace and quiet. But if you're concerned about diaper rash, put some cream on her before you put her down for the night. Desatin, A&D ointment, vasaline, etc.. or even baby powder. To absorb any moisture that may develop over night. I don't think you'll have problems, though. My kids slept through the night (and peed in their diapers) and almost never had a diaper rash. :)
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@arvee17 (730)
• Philippines
20 Dec 06
oh that is much better, i think. my baby also slept that way. and it was pretty comfortable for me at that time. don't worry about the diaper. just check on her if she is wet. i usually change my sons diaper at around 4 or 5 am so he won't be totally soak in pee. but just be careful so you wont disturb her sleep. congratulations on your baby!!!
@birthlady (5613)
• United States
20 Dec 06
Let your baby sleep. Be sure to wash her diaper area with each diaper change, and use a soothing ointment to prevent diaper rash. There are some good homeopathic ointments around, and another good ointment made with calendula flowers that smells good and is very soothing and protective.
• United States
20 Dec 06
I never woke mine up to change a wet diaper. If it was dirty I would, but not wet. Put vaseline on her bottom before she goes to bed and that will create a protective barrier against wetness and bacteria until she wakes and you change her.
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@sherie (66)
• United States
20 Dec 06
Wake her? You should be thankful that she's sleeping so well! Will you be waking her to change her when she's a year, two years? She will still be in diaper at night then.
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@Foxxee (3654)
• United States
20 Dec 06
I would change her right before she falls asleep and then when she wakes up, then change her again.
• United States
12 Dec 06
let her sleep! make sure you put on plenty of diaper rash cream and change her as soon as she wakes!
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@krysy1982 (1042)
• United States
1 Dec 06
My daughter did the same.I would make sur she was completely dry before I went to bed. I put desitin on her just to prevent.I then just let her sleep till she woke up.
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@nanaji9 (188)
• India
19 Oct 06
change the diaper as it creates bacteria if she wakes up then feed milk else leave it dont force any thing each individual has his/her capacity to awaken
@cjthedog64 (1554)
• United States
22 Feb 07
Put her in a clean diaper right before bed, with some ointment on. Then when she wakes up in the morning, clean her off and change her, using more ointment if needed. She'll be fine. You'll end up with more problems if you don't let her sleep through the night when she's able to.
@jenbatres (800)
• United States
21 Dec 06
Buy overnight diapers, they are made so your baby can sleep, they may be a few cents more, but they are worth it. I used huggies overnight. . .Just be glad you are getting sleep, it may not last long.