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Quick Q: baby fell asleep with dirty nappy

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omri Fri 30-Jan-15 17:07:56

Quick question- 9 month old was tired so I put her in her cot with her bottle while I cleaned the kitchen. By the time I was finished she was asleep so I went in to take the bottle out and cover her with her blanket. But could clearly smell a big dirty nappy... I left her to sleep in it- what would you do? This just 5 mins ago and I'm sitting here with my cuppa thinking hmmm should I pick her up and change her?!

OydNeverDeclinesGin Fri 30-Jan-15 17:10:46

Is she normally a good sleeper? Will she go back down easily after or be grumpy, irritable and awake? If she's not got nappy rash I'd be tempted to leave her, she will wake if she's uncomfortable.

KatherinaMinola Fri 30-Jan-15 17:12:16

Yes, I'd try and change her while she's asleep - nappy rash is a bastard.

Mrscog Fri 30-Jan-15 17:14:07

Depends - is it likely to be a short nap? And is her skin robust? If yes to both I might consider leaving it up to 20-30mins.

NakedFamilyFightClub Fri 30-Jan-15 17:14:15

I would try to change her too, the poo will end up caked on and could leave very bad rash. It must be uncomfortable for her too.

Mrscog Fri 30-Jan-15 17:15:40

By robust' skin I mean have you had any previous nappy rash issues. My DS has never had so much of a hint of it, even when on the odd occasion he's been very wet overnight for instance or if I've been 5-10 mins changing a poo.

AndThisIsTrue Fri 30-Jan-15 17:16:05

I would change her in her sleep, even my bad sleeping DS doesn't wake up if I have to change him while asleep.

omri Fri 30-Jan-15 17:16:14

Hi oyd- ds would have slept through the nappy change- but this babe would wake up immediately and be awake for the rest of the eve, which is why I'm reluctant to go near her! No nappy rash... I think I'll leave her for a bit....

Marshy Fri 30-Jan-15 17:16:32

Definitely change her. Poo can create sore skin very quickly

Lagoonablue Fri 30-Jan-15 17:16:44

Well I wouldn't like to lie in poo! I would definitely change her.

Marshy Fri 30-Jan-15 17:17:55

X posts! Your call but I wouldn't leave her.

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Fri 30-Jan-15 17:18:08

Change her.

omri Fri 30-Jan-15 17:20:37

Happy to go with the jury on this one. I'll go in and change her now! Finished my tea anyway since posting. Thanks for all the replies!! I appreciate it for such a trivial question! X

OydNeverDeclinesGin Fri 30-Jan-15 17:23:14

Nope, not a trivial question at all. Better to ask than sit there fretting!

Marshy Fri 30-Jan-15 17:27:29

Hope she stays sleepy. Warm the wipes up in your hand so she doesn't get a shock grin

steppeinginto2015 Fri 30-Jan-15 17:29:33

I would leave her!

3 dcs and my motto is never wake a sleeping baby!

Marmot75 Fri 30-Jan-15 17:30:25

Yes I'd try to change her in her sleep too. Couldn't bear the idea of poo sitting against a lovely baby's bottom. Hope you managed not to wake her!

BertieBotts Fri 30-Jan-15 17:30:34

I'd have taken the nappy off and lain her on a towel rather than putting a new one on. Wipe with warm water if you can get away with it. Although that's tricky to do in a cot!

I wouldn't have left her. I think you've done the right thing even though it's a pain to have her up. smile

I know you didn't ask this but is it not a choking risk to leave them alone with a bottle? I thought it was not advised. I could be wrong, though.

omri Fri 30-Jan-15 17:50:54

Oh Bertie don't tell me that!! She's just started in last 2 weeks taking bottle by herself and I've found it so handy! She nods off after 2 oz I just go in and take it away then so it doesn't spill. Great when she wakes at night. Always did it with ds1 - never heard it was a risk. Will check it out though. Thanks for tip off.

Showy Fri 30-Jan-15 17:59:18

I would change too. I know it's a pain but the one time I didn't notice dd had a dirty nappy she had terrible nappy rash. And she had only slept for about 90 minutes and had no issues with nappy rash at any other time.

Agree with Bertie. Never leave a baby alone with a bottle. It is a choking risk and if you google, you'll see a couple of worst case scenarios, just to warn you. It is okay for them to have a bottle propped up while you're with them but never alone.

omri Fri 30-Jan-15 18:01:20

Yep Bertie- quick search confirms it is a choking risk. Will only do it when she's beside me and not on her own. Thanks x

omri Fri 30-Jan-15 18:02:24

Thanks showy-cross posted!

omri Fri 30-Jan-15 18:04:53

Omg I sound like a crap mum on this thread! I'm a fantastic mum really I promise!!! But reading this thread I sound like I'm leaving my baby to sleep in a dirty nappy while she puts herself to sleep with a bottle unattended in her cot!!! shock

Showy Fri 30-Jan-15 18:39:16

grin You don't sound crap at all. There isn't a Mum alive who hasn't stood and looked at a sleeping child who needs waking for whatever reason (nappy, medicine, time to go out etc) and thought honestly, do I have to wake the sleeping beast? Really? Please somebody tell me I can leave them, please? It's a peculiar feeling of resignation and dread that only a sleep-deprived mother knows.

And lots of people do lots of things that aren't recommended. Just because you don't know. I didn't know about the propped up bottle thing really until I became a breast feeding peer supporter. I didn't know about babies not wearing coats in carseats until very recently and I've had two babies who are past the age of it being relevant. So, if you're crap, I'm crap and we can all just be crap together.

Theselittlelightsofmine Fri 30-Jan-15 18:41:29

Not a crap mother just a mother, if you were a crap mother you would of just left her and no asked smile

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