Sleep-training, you said?

The problem with the sleep-training right now is that my baby cries when she’s wet. At 10, when I feed her, she’s always dry. But at 2, when I change her, she’s soaked. So I suspect that when she cries at 12 or 1, it’s because she’s wet and unhappy about it. I thought of changing her and putting her back to bed without feeding her, but really, I don’t want to get up every two hours even if it’s only for changing a diaper. So I decided that she should learn to live with a wet diaper if she has to. I mean, my son would wake up soaked after a night of sleep and it didn’t seem to cause much problem.

Now, of course, if she’s soiled, I change her. But that’s if I know! Yeah, last night she woke up at 11, 12 and 1, and when she woke up again at 3:30 I changed her and realized she was poopy. I felt so bad! She might have been soiled all along and crying to get changed. But she never poops at night… usually. So how could I know? I put her back to bed, she woke up at 5:30, I let her cry, then she woke up at 5:50, I fed her, dozed off, and when I changed her at 6:30… she had pooped again!

So she’s all rashy now and I feel horrible. My son was so loud when he pooped that I always knew. I’m sure it would have woken me up in my sleep. My daughter? Not so much. She’s what you’d call a “stealth-pooper”.

Oh, well. Her skin will heal. She’ll forgive me. I hope. And maybe next time I’ll check her diaper when she wakes up in the middle of the night…

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