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