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Just wondering if anybody has ever tried these two together.<br><br>
I tried nighttime EC once or twice with no success...I'm a very heavy sleeper and barely wake up to nurse DD at night, so waking up in time to potty her is just not going to happen. I tried her diaper-free one night (with a prefold and a bath towel under her) but then I couldn't sleep because I was worrying about her peeing on the bed (like it would matter, haha!). Anyway...but for some reason I really want to try nighttime EC again. She got mad before because I was trying to potty her and she'd already peed...but, well, I don't know, I guess I'd like it to at least be an option I can keep trying occasionally to see if it works! But my big problem right now is that I swaddle her at night. I discovered swaddling relatively recently but it has been a LIFESAVER; she still wakes every two hours, but she falls asleep in twenty minutes instead of two hours like it used to take. And she sometimes sleeps for longer stretches now. But of course, unswaddling her is kind of a signal that it's morning, you know? I usually don't change her at all during the night <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">...because I don't want to wake her any more than absolutely necessary. But of course I can't EC her (or change her, for that matter) without unswaddling her. Which I think would really wake her up, and possibly upset her.<br><br>
As I'm writing this, it sounds to me like I really shouldn't even try nighttime EC, but, well, like I said, I would like for it to be an option! Anyway, if anybody has any ideas, I'd appreciate it! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Is there anybody out there who swaddles and ECs at night?
 

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We swaddle and EC at our house. My son is a fidgeter, and his wiggling wakes him up if I don't swaddle him. Once he is swaddled, though, he will generally only stir if he's hungry or needs to potty. If I get to him early enough, he sleeps through the diaper removal, dozes while he potties, falls fully asleep nursing, and then I re-swaddle him. It works beautifully almost all the time. I only swaddle his top half, though, leaving the blanket open at his feet, since his nighttime cue to potty is picking up both legs and bashing them down on his mattress. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I didn't intend to nighttime EC, and probably wouldn't if my son didn't feel so strongly about it. He will hold it and fuss for up to an hour and a half waiting for me to potty him. If he were willing to sleep through, I would be very inclined to go with that, I think. A sleeping baby is a precious commodity! Or, rather, mama's sleep is.<br><br>
I say do what works for both of you. If sleeping through works best, do that. If pottying works best, do that. Give swaddle EC a try and see what you think! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Good luck!
 

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Our ds has to be swaddled at night too, otherwise he would never fall asleep and stay asleep. We leave his feet out, but he doesn't like to potty unless he is fully unswaddled. A typical night at our house looks like this: he wakes up every 2-3 hours, and when he does, dh unswaddles him, potties him, swaddles him back up, and then gives him to me to nurse, and we all fall back asleep for another few hours. I guess I've got the easiest part of it all, because I'm a pretty heavy sleeper. When it is up to me to do the catching at night, it doesn't go so well.
 

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Huh. Rissierae, it looks from your siggy like your DS is still really young? My DD still wakes every two hours...occasionally sleeps for four hours...but she's four months. Do you think you'll keep unswaddling him every time if he's still waking that often in a few months? Do you think it takes him longer to fall back asleep if you unswaddle him than if you leave him? I'm kinda at the point where I would like to get longer stretches of sleep sometimes. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I would love it if ECing at night could help with that...but right now she usually falls right back asleep after nursing...but maybe really she's waking up cuz she needs to pee...ah, I don't know what I want to do. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Maybe I should just try it again and see what happens. But last time I tried it, she cried every time I unswaddled her. I'm guessing your DS doesn't mind being unwrapped at night? Did he at first and then got used to it? Or was he always happy to get up and pee?<br><br>
I did try getting DD up earlier tonight; she went to bed at 7:30 and woke up at 8:30, so I got her up to try to pee her. She CRIED and protested and finally peed a little bit after I nursed her over the toilet...but she wasn't happy till I got her back to bed. Huh. Well, maybe I'll see what happens when she wakes up again in an hour or so...I dunno, I'm just thinking out loud on the forum. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
That would be why I love MDC...
 

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I plan on getting one of these for nights:<br><br><a href="http://www.cozycocoon.com/products/Sweet_Pea-100-8.html" target="_blank">http://www.cozycocoon.com/products/Sweet_Pea-100-8.html</a><br><br>
I have the closed bottom one and love it.
 

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ooh, thanks for the link to that cool swaddle blanket! I need a new one anyway; DD always wiggles out of hers. That might really work...she doesn't mind my unswaddling her but it definitely wakes her up...have to check it out.
 

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lisavark, our ds still is really young so I'm sure that this will all change at some point. I would love it if he slept for longer streches too. I guess the way dh and I look at it now is that, as long as it takes a half hour or less from the time ds is really squirming and needs to go, to the time he has fallen asleep again, then we're all happy. DS doesn't like to be unswaddled, but we have tried so many times to get him to pee swaddled, and he won't do it. He just doesn't wake up enough. Now, he has gotten pretty used to the routine we do, so he doesn't mind as much as he used to. I think he knows now that after he pees there's a boob coming his way pretty quick<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br>
Also, when we do have a miss, nothing goes as smoothly because ds usually gets more upset than he would have if he were unswaddled and pottied.<br><br>
I hope I answered some of your questions. I'm still really new at this and I know that things will change, so I hope that whatever I said is helpful. Good luck with your dd, I'd like to hear about your progress too, so keep posting<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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