ETA: Just make sure you use something that wicks the moisture away from the skin. And of course change even wet diapers if you're having any rash issues.
However, something I've never tried...my midwife said she heard the trick...cut a slit through the middle of one disposable diaper, put in on baby, then put on another diaper in the next size up...voila.
If a diaper change wakes the baby, then I wouldn't. But if it's nasty poop and messy and there's a good chance it won't fully wake the baby, then yes.
But if it's just wet and the baby isn't bothered by it enough to wake, then I'd leave it be.
We often changed her in our bed though (having a small lamp with a nightlight bulb on top of the bookshelf gave enough light), specifically so as to not wake her.
I also use a piece of waterproof flannelette under DS. Then a towel over that where DS and I sleep. That way, I don't have anything waterproof beneath me but I catch milk leaks in the towel and DS doesn't trash the bed even when his diaper does leak. I'm still trying some new covers so my method isn't always foolproof yet.
Sarah, mother to Eloïse (5/2005), Lucas (3/2008) and Ilias (7/2011), and due with #4 (March 1, 2014)
I am having BF'ing/boobie issues, so I really don't want to add diaper rash on top of all of that.
(not counting icky dipes when they have a cold of course... those get changed as soon as they happen!)
I changed poopy ones in the night of course. But as soon as those stopped. Um yeah - not changing a wet diaper on a sleeping kid. Both my kids would have woken up the neighborhood if I woke them to change them.
A benefit of cosleeping is that you don't have to wake up fully to feed/nurse your baby. Its sorta negated when you wake up fully to change their diaper.
Vanessa... Happily married to a paramedic - celebrating 10 years of marriage! Mama to one crazy 6 year old transformer and one chatterbox 4 year old princess. Daycare provider to many jumping beans I'm expecting my third in late November.
Even when she got a bit older I changed her diaper as little as possible at night, since it would wake her fully up. REcently, when she started sometimes sleeping much longer stretches (10-11 hours), and was starting to get a bit of a rash even with double-stuffed hemp diaper, I started using a sposie at night for just this reason.
Mother of 2 boys, new little one on the way
If she poops, she WILL wake up and then I change her. otherwise, I change her once before she falls asleep. but she still wakes up in the night to have a bottle most nights, so I am normally changing her once per night still.
We use Gdiapers and she rarely leaks. She's not a super soaker but I don't like to leave in wet dipes. She cries/fusses a bit but then falls asleep and guzzles her bottle. Once sated, she's OUT! :-) Or at least that's how it works now..