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Nappy change before night feeds. What do you do?

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jhb2013 · 14/02/2018 23:41

I have a three week old DD and she goes 2.5-3 hours between feeds overnight, which is manageable (just!). However, at the moment I am changing her nappy before every feed. I’m not really sure if this is the best thing to do. It would be much easier to just pick her up and stick her on the boob. What do you all do?

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JohnLapsleyParlabane · 14/02/2018 23:43

At night I only ever changed if there was poo

Shmithecat · 14/02/2018 23:44

Honestly, unless they're kicking up a fuss about a wet nappy, or it's quite sodden or they're soiled, I wouldn't bother changing.

ItchySeveredFoot · 14/02/2018 23:46

Yeah only change if absolutely necessary. Even then I'd do it in semi darkness with only the torchlight from my phone.

TeddyIsaHe · 14/02/2018 23:47

Only change is a poo or if she’s soaked through. Don’t make more work for yourself!

BelleWell80 · 15/02/2018 04:48

Dream feed (aka feed whilst asleep) or only change the nappy if it was wet/dirty or I needed my LO to be awake for medicine etc.

EssentialHummus · 15/02/2018 04:50

WHat they said^. You want nights to be minimal interaction so she gets the memo that it’s time to sleep.

mamaryllis · 15/02/2018 05:08

I fed first, then handed baby to dh and went back to sleep. Mine usually filled their nappy during night feeds, so he would change it and then settle back into cot. I didn't even get out of bed. The fetching and carrying was his job. Grin (occasionally he failed to resettle, so I got passed the baby to feed to sleep, at which point he got to try again.

I found it much more bearable listening to him snore while I was feeding for bloody hours knowing that he had the harder job of resettling...

Pennywhistle · 15/02/2018 05:38

My twins were in cloth nappies so I changed them everytime I fed them
at that age.

DH would change one while I fed the other.

Bananagrabber · 15/02/2018 05:42

mine poos all the time, like at every feed! I never really know what to do as before a feed he's really hungry and after he's getting sleepy. At the moment I change him after a feed but then sometimes he just poos straight away again. I can't see myself ever sleeping again Sad

Jellybabie3 · 15/02/2018 21:09

@Bananagrabber mine did that. If your breastfeeding i fed off one boob (he would poo), changed nappy, then fed off the other boob and put down sleepy. Maybe try that?

halfwitpicker · 15/02/2018 21:10

Only change if there's poo.


BabyOrSanta · 15/02/2018 21:16

Only 8 weeks in but we (DP) changes then passes the baby to me to feed to sleep but due to leg difficulties at the moment, he puts DD down in her Moses basket.
The theory being, she's probably grizzling/crying as she's hungry so we might as well get the nappy change out of the way (which also involves crying).
Only changing if absolutely necessary

littleleeleanne · 16/02/2018 21:55

Always changed my little one before every feed which at the beginning was every 2 hours. I know babies don't know any different but I wouldn't want to sit with a nappy on for all that time, mine would always settle after feeding so had no troubles getting them into bed. Always did the changing in very low light, could barely see what I was doing!
Call me a softy but that's my wave length.

Hazandduck · 20/02/2018 00:38

I used to change DD before feeding but that was only because I would fall asleep whilst feeding her and it scared me. Changing first in her room woke me up a bit. I’m used to getting up now so don’t bother any more (unless she did a poo but she has never done one at night before.)

DaisyChainsForever · 20/02/2018 05:19

At that age we had poo in every nappy, so we did the same as you. DP would get him up and change him, i would feed them pass him back to be put down. (i had a c section so physically couldn't do it all on my own). As soon as he stopped pooing every 2 hours life got a lot easier!

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