6 Month Old Dry Diaper Overnight

Updated on June 25, 2013
D.J. asks from Clearfield, PA
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My (almost) 6 month old daughter went to sleep between 7:30-8PM last night. I woke her up to nurse her for about 15 mins around 9:30PM... she slept until just about 6AM... and when I went to change her, she was dry. She nursed for about 8 minutes and then I noticed that she had wet her diaper then... so when I went to change it, it still wasn't very full. Should I be concerned? I've never had a dry diaper overnight for either of my kids. My daughter is a light eater and yesterday was kind of worrisome because she didn't want to eat much... but her output was OK yesterday during the day. (She is exclusively Breast Fed)

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So What Happened?

Well my daughter had 3 fairly wet diapers in the 2 hours after she woke up. I called the doctor and they said that it's not uncommon for a baby who starts sleeping through the night to hold their urine until they wake up, if they were sleeping soundly. And the fact that she went quite a bit in her diaper(s) over the next 2 hours was a good sign. So I am just going to keep monitoring her output and make sure she eats as much as possible today. She is otherwise happy and healthy! I think I'm the most paranoid parent on the planet! My first daughter was so easy!

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answers from Miami on

I don't like that, D.. I'd get her to the doctor. That's not normal. Dehydration can cause a baby to go downhill fast. Take her in as soon as the ped opens and don't even bother to call.

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answers from Washington DC on


You are exclusively breast feeding a 6 month old, right? Unless you are pumping/expressing - it's hard to tell how much milk she is getting.

When you look at her diaper - is the urine REALLY dark or is it normal looking? if it's REALLY dark - call your pediatrician. If it's normal - a light yellow to clear? She's fine. I would guess that it's teething time...

My oldest son was exclusively breast fed for the first six months of his life as well. At around six months - teeth start coming in - so the gums are a little sore - drooling is greater and sometimes they eat less.

Call your pediatrician to put your mind at ease.

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answers from Norfolk on

I'd worry that she might get dehydrated.
Has she got any teeth coming in?
6 months old is prime time for teeth to make an appearance (some will start sooner and others later) and teething pain /itchy gums can put them off their food for a little bit.
Drink plenty of water yourself and nurse her as often as she wants.
She might be in between growth spurts but that shouldn't last very long.

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answers from Dallas on

Does the urine have a really strong smell? Like it's super concentrated?

For what it's worth, my son started having dry diapers at 10 months, and hasn't wet the bed since. He drinks A LOT of water, and has always stayed hydrated. We were just lucky that our kid has a developed bladder!!

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answers from Cleveland on

Id get her to a Dr tomorrow k
Wait today n see how her output is after in take you should know how you daughters system works by now

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answers from Oklahoma City on

I'd be worried. I'd call the doc right away so they could check her out for dehydration.



answers from Chicago on

I have a 4 month old that sleeps through the night --12 solid hours. Her diaper was dry yesterday morning. She peed immediately when she got up. I would watch it, but I wouldn't panic.


answers from Hartford on

Was the dry diaper the only thing? Her behavior is the same and her appetite is the same? And she did pee well after waking up. Your doctor didn't want to see her and wasn't worried. I would follow your doctor's lead. He was right.


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More than six to eight hours without a wet diaper
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answers from Washington DC on

Wow, I'm in the minority on this one! I was going to reassure you that it's no big deal and sometimes that happens. I really thought your question was going to be about potty training - lol.

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