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#1 of 3 Old 07-08-2010, 11:49 PM - Thread Starter
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My DD has never been great at naps. She typically sleeps through the first sleep cycle, wakes up, then has to be nursed/rocked back down. The last couple of months we started putting her on the potty as soon as she wakes up from the first sleep cycle. She'd pee then she go back to sleep (not on her own, but from me or DH putting her to sleep). We've tried to potty her before she goes down for naps, but she cries and arches her back.

Does anybody else have this problem? I feel like if we empty her bladder before she naps, maybe she'll be able to fall back asleep on her own after the first sleep cycle. Any tips?

As I'm writing this one thing that popped into my mind is maybe we're waiting too late to put her on the potty. Maybe by the time we put her on the potty she really needs the nap and is grumpy. So tomorrow we'll try to put her on the potty before she shows her sleepy signals.


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For me the problem is other way round. DD (she is 3 months old) gets up from her nap (she sleeps pretty well) and if we take her to the potty, arches her back and cries. She wants to be fed immediately after waking up and does not want to pee. In this process we miss her pees since she goes while I am feeding her.

And after feeding her when I take her to the potty she has already peed and will not go again. This way I am missing most of her pees.

Anyway I can work around this?

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Offer the potty while she's nursing, just as she's settling into the feed but while she's not super sleepy.

We did diaper-free naps for a while when DD was 6-12 months old, then the naptime and nighttime pottying kind of went out the window, but it worked well for a while.
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