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Don’t let this happy, cheeky smile fool you. This little girl gave us a run for our money when she was born. First off, she was 9 weeks early. This caused quite a few sleep issues due to her stay in the hospital for 7 weeks. It wasn’t until she was a year old that we were able to get her to occasionally sleep through the night and she didn’t sleep consistently through the night until she was 2! It was a happy, yet exhausting experience. It also created a storm of “interesting” things that happened during the night-time diaper changes in our sleep-deprived state.
There was a week where we weren’t really sure if she was teething or what but Liv just would not sleep. Since my husband works 60 hour weeks and I was still ill, we were dead tired. One night my husband was so tired that he put her onesie on first, then the diaper. Let’s just say the end result 3 hours later was not pretty. That poor onesie never recovered. That’s when my husband learned about the concept of “Diaper Awake.” He discovered that while he may be able to sleep through a feeding, a diaper change was something entirely different. Since I was the one who mainly took care of the older two during the night when he worked, I was already well-versed in Diaper Awake. Our oldest child was a boy, so I learned very quickly that you cannot fake your way through a nighttime diaper change.
The key to win the battle of nighttime diaper changing fatigue is to find a diaper that can handle whatever your baby throws at it during the night. Huggies® OverNites are what finally saved us. We were confident that she would stay dry and that there would be less diaper changes in our sleep-deprived state. That’s exactly what happened! The first time we used the diapers with our little one, we didn’t wake up to a leaky, messy diaper. What a relief! Not only that, but we now go through a lot less laundry and she is happier and sleeps longer.