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My baby is almost 6 months. When I finally get her asleep for a nap (by nursing her), she will often wake up 10-15 minutes later. And then I start all over again trying to get her back to sleep.<br><br>
We do part-time EC. She wears her diaper pretty much all the time, but she does pee in the sink once or twice a day and we catch maybe 50% of poops.<br><br>
It just occurred to me that maybe the reason why she doesn't stay asleep during her naps is because she wakes up because she has to pee. Then she pees in her diaper and nurses back to sleep. And then it starts all over again.<br><br>
She sleeps great at night. I have read that the kidneys slow down at night and so there is reduced pee output at night, and so perhaps she doesn't have to wake up to pee during the night and thus sleeps better.<br><br>
Do you think this sounds plausible? For those of you who have their babies 100% naked and know exactly when they are peeing, do they commonly pee in their sleep or do they wake up to do it?
 

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This sounds familiar to how my ds was at that age (I wasn't ECing yet). Ds pees within 10-15 minutes of nursing, so what I do now is nurse 15 minutes before a nap or bedtime, let him run around naked in his room until he pees, then diaper him and off to bed. I know it's easier said than done.. not nursing to sleep. I used to get up like ten times a night to nurse him back to sleep. (This may be for a different discussion, but it turns out all my extra attention when he was sleepy was actually PREVENTING him from sleeping. Once I laid him down awake ..and for the first day he'd cry for just a few minutes.. He slept so much better.)<br>
So anyways, kicking the habit of nursing to sleep might help resolve it. Whether the pee is what's waking her or not, at least this way you know she's probably dry.
 

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I don't think it's common for babies to pee in their sleep, unless they're suffering from a food allergy reaction. Newborns are different, so sometimes they pee in their sleep, but I think all older babies need to at least stir and wake a little to pee, so it's very possible. Have you tried pottying her when she wakes up? (or maybe before you nurse her origionally so her bladder is empty?) Then, since she's already sleepy, she probably won't need to nurse as long to go to sleep so she won't need to pee as soon.<br><br>
I personally wouldn't worry about nursing her to sleep, it's so natural and easy, I wouldn't change that. We rock DS to sleep a lot, but that's only because he doesn't fall asleep nursing unless he's REALLY tired!<br><br>
Try offering a potty op. and see what happens!
 

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Yeah, there's been more than a few times where my son tossed and turned in his sleep and i have had to wake him up to pee. He will fuss and cry a bit because he's tired but once he pees he goes right back to sleep (while i'm still holding him in position over the sink lol)
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I don't think it's common for babies to pee in their sleep, unless they're suffering from a food allergy reaction. Newborns are different, so sometimes they pee in their sleep, but I think all older babies need to at least stir and wake a little to pee, so it's very possible. Have you tried pottying her when she wakes up? (or maybe before you nurse her origionally so her bladder is empty?) Then, since she's already sleepy, she probably won't need to nurse as long to go to sleep so she won't need to pee as soon.<br><br>
I personally wouldn't worry about nursing her to sleep, it's so natural and easy, I wouldn't change that. We rock DS to sleep a lot, but that's only because he doesn't fall asleep nursing unless he's REALLY tired!<br><br>
Try offering a potty op. and see what happens!</div>
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i agree - try pottying her right before the nap, then maybe she'll be able to hold her pee till she wakes up from the nap (which is always a great time to catch a pee).<br><br>
maybe you can put her down for her nap coverless with something under her so she doesn't get the sheets wet? then you'd be able to tell really easily when you went to nurse her back to sleep whether she'd just peed or not.<br><br>
i know that also babies often easily wake during their first sleep cycle, which can last up to 45 minutes but is usually more like 30. i found with my older two when they were babies that if i just wore them or held them through that first sleep cycle, then they'd be really out cold and i could lay them down and they'd sleep a lot longer. it was sometimes frustrating waiting to put them down when i had things i wanted to be doing, but i would remind myself that if i put them down too early i'd be doing it all over again in a half hour anyway. so if it's not pee that's waking her, it might be you need to wait it out through that first cycle before she's deeply asleep.
 
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