Don’t Change That Diaper!

Don’t Change That Diaper!

This tip is about how to help your baby sleep longer and better during the night, and is related to what you do when your baby wakes up in the middle of the night – either to eat, or for any other reason.

Although it is true that during the day, you want to be as attentive to your baby’s diaper changes as possible, at night, it’s a different story.  At night, your strategy to encourage your baby to sleep should be to do only what is necessary and to limit doing anything that will stimulate or wake your baby.  I talked about not making unnecessary eye contact yesterday, well today the idea is to limit nighttime diaper changes.

Because diapers today are so absorbent, it really isn’t necessary to change your baby’s diaper at night unless they have soiled it with stool.  If the diaper is merely wet, today’s diapers will do a good job of keeping the wetness off of your baby’s skin, so there is no reason to change the diaper during the night if it is only wet.  In fact, changing your baby’s diaper will almost certainly wake them up, meaning that both you and them are robbed of much needed nighttime sleep in the process.  Instead of changing their diaper every time they wake up at night, simply check to make sure it isn’t soiled with stool, and if it is only wet, leave it alone to change in the morning.

Now, many parents worry about diaper rash, and many babies are susceptable to this uncomfortable condition.  If you’re concerned, or if your baby is prone to getting diaper rash, then you may want to apply a zinc ozide ointment before bedtime as a precaution and as a way to keep the area dry overnight.

Limiting diaper changes as night by only changing your baby when s/he has soiled the diaper with stool will do wonders to help both you and your baby to sleep better and longer at night.

Andrew Dolbin-MacNab

About the Author:

Andrew Dolbin-MacNab is a father, web developer, and one of the founding members of Pediasleep, a leader in the production of white noise and other soothing sounds to aid the healthy sleep of infants, cosleepers, and parents. Having successfully survived his daughter and son’s early sleep problems with the help of white noise, he is also an expert on infant sleep problems and their solutions.

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