If I just leave him in his diaper, he'll whimper with his little bladder hurting until he finally pees (I can't sleep while he is whimpering and it takes 30-40 minutes for him to give up and pee in his diaper at night. Last night he was dry in the morning but I took him to the potty 3xs.
I don't know what to do. I want to let him pee at night because I know how bad it is to need to go pee in the middle of the night. I get up once per night to pee myself. I hate for him to be hurting with a full bladder and have to pee on himself when he wants to hold it and seems to be trying really hard to stay dry. I don't know how to potty him during the night without upsetting him and waking up the whole house.
Mama to Nell (11/15/06) and Maggie (10/9/10) . AFTER 2.5 YEARS, I AM AN AUNTIE!!! HOORAY TEAR78 and welcome Anika and Brand New Baby Boy!!!! Circumcision: the more you know, the worse it is; please leave the decision up to your son!
I'm not sure if this will help, but my son is 3 1/2 mos and if he wakes and is hungry, i need to feed him first before pottying. He usually is too asleep to potty at night anyway, but in general if he wakes up and it has been more than 2 hours since he ate, i feed him first. Even if it's just a snack, it will be enough so that he can potty calmly. Otherwise, he cries.
I find that when he wakes up and is hungry and also has to pee, he eats for a little while and then as soon as he starts acting "weird" on the breast I take him to potty. He will hold it between waking up and then. I also don't take off his possibly wet diaper until he has eaten. That way, he stays calm.
I'm starting to see a pattern now where he is too sleepy to potty between his first and second nighttime sleeps (his first one is usually 2 1/2 hours to 4 1/2 hours). His second nighttime sleep does not last as long (1 to 2 hours), and he is able to potty after that one. If i feed him first!
since you and your son have just started, you will find patterns that work for you. And then they will change as soon as they started! ;-)
I've been doing EC too for a couple of weeks now. Nighttime doesn't go well at all in our house b/c DD is usually dry from about 7PM until I go to bed (10:30 or so- when I nurse her) and then she often sleeps through until 4AM. At which point she's soaked. I sometimes rouse myself enough to potty her (like Birth Kathy said, after she eats) and then I change her. She's wet again in the AM.
She gets MAD if I try to potty her when she's sleepy and doesn't have to go. And then she wakes up her brother, which is a PITA. Other times she doesn't seem to mind. I keep a little potty by the bed, but might try a bowl if I decide to go for it more at night. We're traveling right now but I am considering trying to diaper free at night if I can get up the courage (and drum up the bed padding).
The idea of just loosening his diaper a little and cuing him sounds like it might work, and just changing him right afterwards, staying in bed and all? Just keep a stack of stuff in arms reach?
dissertating mom to three
awesome that it's going so well - chuckle that he's so indignant!
OK. You'll just need some tweaking! You'll find the right sequence in a bit. I know exactly how you are feeling - I can't sleep when my ds needs to go either.
Have a look at the tips on night-time EC I have here.
What if you gave a quick feed, felt for the slowing down or pulling off, SLOWLY moved him over a bowl for a wee and cued, even a low murmur is good, or a hum...
Whatever happens, it'll not teach him some odd thing - they just begin holding longer and longer, then wake up in the morning to go (That's awesome).
Also, we use disposable pull up at night and then if she does pee in it she is not as uncomfortable.
At our house comfortable sleep is hte first priority. I only ec at night bcs she wants me to.
nicole , mom to 3 boys here on earth 9, 7 and 4.5 and 2 girl's 2.5 and 10/16/11. Always remembering my babies in heaven: Sam (9/7/05) at 12.5 wks , Morgan (2/13/06) at 6 wks , Emeric (8/9/10 at 17 wks) and Pepper (11/26/10) at 8wks.
Some great tips in there!