Sudden Night-time Poops! HELP!!!!

Mary Renee - posted on 04/21/2011 ( 9 moms have responded )

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Aloha,

Through out my daughter's 11-months of life we've had some sleep issues. She slept through the night for a week at 2 months, then woke up once a night at 3, then at 4 months - 7 months she was waking up 3 or 4 times (Thank god for co-sleeping or else I would have gotten no sleep) 7-8 months she was waking up 6-7 times a night (that was hell) but then luckily around 9 months we had a good schedule going and she was back down to only waking up once.

We've had the same basic routine since she was 4 months old. Dinner, Bath, PJs, Book in dim light, Nurse to sleep. It was working pretty well for use. And she never had a bowel movement after I put her to bed and I never had to change her diaper till the next morning. Since the time she was 2 months old she never pooped at night time.

Then of corse when I get her down to only waking up once a night, the light changes (I live in Hawaii and we don't change our clocks) now it stays light longer and she won't go to sleep when it's that light out.

So I moved her bed time (and everything else) back a half an hour.

Now she is having several bowel movements at night! I mean, I'll put her to bed by 7:30 and she'll have a bowel movement by 10 pm and then another by 12pm! It's been like this for the past three days!

It's a huge pain because getting up to change her diaper is a lot more disruptive than just rolling over and nursing her back to sleep. Oh my lord and she screams bloody murder about it! It's so horrible, she twist and turns and arches her back and her whole body gets tense and she starts hiccuping. I mean, I get it, she's sleeping nicely and peacefully, wakes up to her own grunting to poop, and then suddenly someone is exposing her and putting a cold wet wipe on her bottom! But it's really a terrible experience for both of us and she yells Mama Mama! Like she just wants me to hold her and doesn't get why I'm changing her diaper.

Is there anything I can do (push up dinner time, change her diet, etc) to get her back on her regular bowel movement schedule? She currently eats dinner at 5:30. She still nurses. The only other changes is that we started giving her meat/protein solids (chicken, scrambled egg yolks) about a month or two ago. Should she not have protein at dinner so maybe she can poop it out before bed?

Prior to this she ALWAYS pooped at 6, after dinner and before her bath.

Any advice would be really appreciated!
(except don't tell me to let her cry herself to sleep and don't tell me that I shouldn't nurse her to sleep)

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Lise - posted on 04/23/2011

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doubt it's the food - we never did baby food. is she eating foods that make her poop?

Mary Renee - posted on 04/23/2011

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Wow Lise, that's like EXACTLY my daughters age, I hope she grows out of it. So far it's continued to happen every night since I've written this post. The worst one is the 3am feeding!

I've tried switching her back to baby food instead of grown-up food (by grown up food I just mean really simple foods like pasta and scrambled egg yolks) but it hasn't made any difference!

You know, now that I read these, this started at the same time she took her first unassisted steps.

Mary Renee - posted on 04/23/2011

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haha, it's hard to say, everything makes her poop. It used to be really predictable, she'd poop immediately after eating breakfast (solids) in the morning (8am). And then immediately after eating lunch (solids) around noon, and then again around 2pm, and then immediately after eating dinner (5:30)

Now it's not regular at all and she's pooping up to three times a night (last night she pooped at 9pm, 1am, and 3am!!!! ARGH!) and it's just frustrating because I'm starting to feel like she's a newborn again! The problem is that if I was just getting up to nurse her, I can handle that. I can easily fall back asleep after nursing her but with diaper changes it's like, you have to get the diaper and the wipes and she's screaming and crying and hates it, you have to have "some" light because otherwise you don't know if the poop is off her and it's a whole disruptive experience to get up like that, for both of us, and takes longer to get back to sleep than if she just woke up because she wanted to nurse.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it tonight is the night it stops but she only pooped like three times today so I'm not sure.

Lise - posted on 04/23/2011

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One of my friends has a daughter who started doing this at 11.5 months and it stopped within a month... Hope it does for your lo soon!

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Ted - posted on 01/08/2014

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Hi Mary did r littlegirl poop in her sleep. Was r littlegirls poop soft or really creamy.

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My 7mo son has never pooped in the night, except for the first week of his life.

For the last few days, he's been pooping at 4am. It's really disruptive to his sleep. He hardly eats any solids either.

I think it's just a change/development in their digestive systems, and that it will pass.

It sucks, of course. :(

Poop or no poop, he's also waking A LOT -- more than he has all his life. It's encouraging to hear that your daughter grew out of that at 8mos. :)

Elfrieda - posted on 04/21/2011

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She sounds really regular. Are you feeding her something really high-fibre at the same time each day? If so, maybe moving it to another meal might help. For example, if she poops 16 hours after eating porridge for breakfast, maybe move the porridge to lunch so that she poops the next morning instead of at night.

Other than that, I've resorted to hanging a blanket over the nursery window to block out the light so that my little guy can take proper naps. I know we're supposed to expose them to light so that they don't get to be picky nappers, but my little one takes after his dad, who once sealed up the bedroom window with aluminum foil just to block out the light!

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As she eats new things, hopefully new foods by now I am guessing? Waters? Juices? Fruits and veggies? Even a minor illness or a shift in activities during the day time i have noticed throw my little boy off. For 2 months he pooped around 2 am and when he got a little older, at 3 months, this started waking him up for an hour or 2 at night. Talk about hell. I was with him all day, cleaning house, and during our sleep schedule he would wake up for an hour or two. I was lucky if it was only a half hour but it didn't matter. Sometimes it took me longer to go back to bed from the stress. I was a zombie, as my boyfriend descibes it. So.. He's now 5 months old and got sick, threw his schedule off worse. He was up almost half the night for 3-4 hours and sleeping earlier in the daytime so my boyfriend and I had to split sleep schedules to survive, period. Sometimes it can just change. Really. Expecially now that they are usually eating different things, and then eating more...... they may poop more, and then get a different schedule. I have no idea how to change this and I never thought about trying to. I'm just happy when he goes. Try keeping the lights off with your daughter and using less wet wipes? I don't know

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