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Being a baby (and having a baby) generally means not sleeping "through the night" until the baby is ready to do that, whether it's a need to pee, or a need to eat or a need to check-in with mom, or crawl around, or whatever it is that's waking them up. Babies night time needs change from day to day with every developmental stage and you just have to do what works best for all of you, while respecting when they are telling you they want to go potty.
With my oldest (who was EC starting at 2 mo), we used back up night time diapers at night until about 18 mo, when we discovered that he was waking up dry, sliding off the bed to sit on the potty and then peeing a ton into those night time dipes. With my 2nd babe (ECed from birth), starting around 9 mo - a year, I made sure the bed was waterproof and he slept nakey - again, often not peeing until he woke up in the morning. Before that, we used back-up dipes and changed them as needed.
Teething is a huge physical event and can screw with their systems for a long time. The enzymes that help their gums to break down and allow the teeth to come through also break down the insides of their digestive tract, so they get irritated and sensitive. my oldest had a super easy time with his teeth - every month or so, he'd have a bit of crankiness for a day or 2 and then pop out 2 teeth with very little bother to his system. 2nd one had a very hard time of it, with upset tummy and pain for months and months - it didn't start until 9 mo but went on until he was almost 2.
Do what works best, be respectful of what your baby is trying to tell you and keep her bum covered if it causes less stress. If you aren't up to offering the potty at night, talk to her about it and let her know you'll clean her up as soon as she needs you to.
Robin~ single, work-at-home
momma to my Wonderboys
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