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Zane wakes me up to potty in the middle of the night and then nurses back to sleep, causing a vicious cycle of pottying and peeing. Lately it's happening every two hours - he goes right back to sleep, but I have to wake up to get up, take him to the potty, and put his diaper back on!<br><br>
Any advice? He's 6.5 months old. I'm glad he's great at the EC, but I would LOVE some sleep.<br><br>
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I did nighttime EC with my dd for a few months, NOT ON PURPOSE. It was all her doing. She peed 2x at night. IMHO, at 6.5mo, he probably needs nursing for other reasons. Teething, crawling, pulling up, growth spurt? Anything else going on?
 

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I'm sure he's teething and learning to crawl is just around the corner... He is up on all fours rocking back and forth. Do you think he just needs to nurse more at night for that reason?<br><br>
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I do night time ec. It is actually when I am most successful at catching. I have a baby bjorn potty near the bed. Our bed is currently on the floor, so it is easy for me to roll over grab the potty and remove diaper. I sit with my legs around it and baby with knees up. She leans againest my legs and often nurses at the same time. My baby is 10 months now.<br>
When staying at other's homes, I place a table close to bed on which to set the potty.<br>
I am thinking of switching to some kind of pull pants to make the on and off of diapering a bit quicker and easier.
 

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I forgot to add that at 6 months my baby awoke 3-5 times to nurse and pee. Now it is 2-3 times. Earlier I believe the nursing was hunger and comfort but now I am certain it is comfort, as she drops right back to sleep after peeing.<br>
In the case it may make a difference, mine has been eating through nights because she is still exclusively breastfed.
 

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We do. My DD is 5 months old and also learning to crawl! I get up and take her to the potty about 2-3x per night. Sometimes she nurses afterwards and sometimes not (I think it depends on whether she nurses before I take her or not - I am so sleepy I can't remember!)<br><br>
I know that 3 things can mess with a baby's sleep schedule: teething, reaching developmental milestones and a growth spurt often happens *around* 6 months.<br><br>
My DDs nursing/sleep schedule is pretty inconsistent at night. Some nights she will sleep long stretches (and I am up wondering why she doesn't have to pee or isn't hungry!) and sometimes she will nurse every couple of hours.<br><br>
Do you take him to the potty because he's cueing or because he's awaking to nurse? I started waiting for my DD to let me know (she starts to flail - a lot). If she doesn't do that, we just nurse and I don't take her. That's been working well for us. She doesn't need to go that often at night and she must be able to hold it pretty well since she'll have some BIG pees in the wee hours. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> If I take her too often and she doesn't have to go, she gets upset and cries and won't sit... so I've had to save our trips for when she really has to go.
 

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I'm going based on memory -- like all things, there were stages. DD was waking and I was giving a potty-tunity, not realizing she JUST wanted to nurse (figured that out by her loud response) and she ended up staying dry all night even before being a day-time "grad."<br><br>
DD nursed through the night MUCH longer than needing to pee. Breastmilk is much different than other liquids and not as much needs to be voided ... just something to think about. Even still, I was amazed as the clock would show hour after hour of dry / no need to potty ...<br><br>
If it's working for you, keep with it. Listen to the LO and see if he communicates what he wants to do -- i.e. some nights just nurse, sometimes a need to pee / not wanting to be wet ...<br><br>
Good luck.
 
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