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Old 04-15-2009, 02:45 PM - Thread Starter
 
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We did not begin cosleeping with DS until he was 6 mos old, but our new babe will be in bed with us from the beginning. I was wondering about the all-night-long diaper changing and how to handle it from organizational and other standpoints. Did you carry the babe over to the changing table each time? Do you just keep a stack of diapers, covers, and a wetbag by the bed? We use cloth, but the tables/supplies are in another room, as there is not space for it in our bedroom. Any other tips?
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I don't think I did change DS's diaper at night. The kid only pooped every 5 days, so I never had to worry about that. He was in sposies as a newborn and those things hold lots of pee, not that he ever even peed that much at night, anyway. He slept just as heavily as we did and probably only peed once at night, which wasn't worth the bother of waking us both all the way up to change.
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We've always kept all the diapering stuff in the living room since we are downstairs 98% of our awake time (we don't have a changing table based on the advise of other moms who *never* used theirs). We have limited space as well in the bedroom, so I just bring a cover and a handful of diapers with me to bed and set them on the floor next to the bed. I change dd right on the bed, then put the wet diapers in a plastic bag and empty the bag in the morning.

I guess I should add that dd has never pooped at night, but she pees constantly. I usually change 3-4 soaking cloth dipes in a 9-12 hr night.

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We don't do nighttime diaper changes unless there is a poop. We just double diaper (or more depending on how much your child pees) at night. We use wool which helps alot as well.

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My DS pooped at every nursing session for the first couple of months, so I kept a few diapers ready to go right next to us for nighttime changing. He would wake to nurse, I could hear him poop, and then I would change him and we would snuggle back down. I just kept a towel nearby to put underneath him so I didn't get the sheets dirty. Once he stopped pooping at every nursing session, I stopped changing him so much during the night. Usually once, and that was because he was a super-soaker.

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Ours hated to be wet, and sometimes pooped at night, so I had my husband change him on the bed before I fed him. We have a waterproof pad that we put under him. Now that he's 6 months, we can go the whole night without changing him.

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Thankfully, we had enough space for a tiny Ikea changing table (just a shelf really, with a shelf beneath). It fit on my side of the bed like a bedside table, so I would just plop him up there and change him.
Before we got the changing table when he was a few weeks old, I was just using a small laundry basket on the floor next to the bed to hold dipes and covers, and wipes and wetbag. It worked okay, but it felt awkward to change a wiggly baby in bed, and I kept getting poop on the bed until I started putting a receiving blanket down (newbie!). I was waking up enough to do all this, that I figured I may as well do it on a changing table.
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I have a bassinet/pack'n'play set up next to the bed that I thought we would use for her to sleep in. That's never happened, so it holds all of our diapering supplies for the night (a few extra diapers, wipes, extra cover *just in case*, and a wetbag that I empty out in the morning). I *usually* change her once during the night more if she poops. I just change her in bed.

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I have a bassinet/pack'n'play set up next to the bed that I thought we would use for her to sleep in. That's never happened, so it holds all of our diapering supplies for the night (a few extra diapers, wipes, extra cover *just in case*, and a wetbag that I empty out in the morning). I *usually* change her once during the night more if she poops. I just change her in bed.
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I kept a stack of changing stuff on the floor by the bed. (Still do, actually... ) But I had a homebirth and didn't get out of bed for a couple of days (my midwife told me to rest, and I took her advice and enjoyed it!), so I was just changing her in the bed night and day at first. Don't think I used the changing table till she was at least a week old.

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My Arm's Reach Co-sleeper works fabulously for that! I keep all his diapering supplies, diapers, Boppy, etc in it! We changed him after every feed when he was a newborn. I just have a towel that I lay him on on the bed when it's changing time. We don't have a changing table.

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we always had a few supplies (a couple fitteds, a cover, pre-wet cloth wipes, a couple other cloths, an extra singlet, gown and wrap, etc) on our nightstand and changed dd right in bed. Usually we did it on the little wrap/receiving blanket she was wrapped in so that if it got soiled we just replaced it (ok, or covered it up until morning ).
We only changed her diaper at night for a few weeks (she stopped pooing at night).

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