I can't even enumerate the number of systems I've attempted for nighttime and I'm getting a little frustrated and could use some fresh ideas. We've never caught more than 2 pees per night and on those occasions I felt like a zombie the next day. This may sound selfish, but I'm not willing to live perpetually sleep-deprived for the sake of nighttime ECing so when DS had his first cold and was miserable at night we went back to diapering at night and I have been hesitant to resume EC at night even though he's been better from his cold for a few weeks now. However, he's also become resistant to going in his diaper at night. He'll squirm and whine before finally going and then I have to change him or else it's not long before the wet diaper bothers him. This is waking me up almost (but not quite) as much as pottying him. But I was just dealing with it because it's only 2-3 times/night.
But then last night when he fussed even more than usual at peeing in his diaper and then the diaper leaked all over me anyway, I decided screw it, I'll just bunch some prefolds under him and surely when he he has to go again, it will be painfully obvious and I'll just potty him. NOT the case!! It seems if he's nakey bummed he feels free to let out a little pee here and a little pee there over and over again instead of "holding it" for his usual 2-3 pees per night. If the prefolds had caught his little squirts that would've been annoying but ok. However, DS is a squirmer at night! Even though with DDs I could nurse either breast from the same side, DS seems to prefer to nurse on his side in the crook of my arm then periodically roll over my abdomen to the other side. He also rolls from side to back a lot and usually rejects the "opposite side" breast if I try to lean it over for him. All this makes it impossible to adequately form a puddle pad for him and instead I just get peed upon. And since it's cold here we can't go nakey so our clothing and/or covers end up soaked.
How do you people who do so manage to just lay prefolds under your LO without a huge mess?? Do your babes just sleep pretty still on their backs?? Do they constantly squirt little pees throughout the night?
For those of you who diaper, did your LO resist going in the diaper at night at some point and if so, how did you deal with it?
If you potty at night, how do you get enough rest? With DD I had a bucket beside the bed and just dangled her over it, but with DS I have to aim him and just grabbing the BEco potty from the foot of the bed and getting him positioned seems daunting to me and wakes me up a lot. Do you diaper your LO even if you potty at night? Do you find the frequency of pees increases if you don't diaper?
Finally, if anyone can help me brainstorm new strategies, your thoughts would be most appreciated!