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Is Your Child Waking Up Because of Poop?

Is Your Child Always Waking Up From Their Nap early With Poop (that “special” Surprise)? The Whole Thing Stinks, that’s For Sure, But It’s Really Maddening When Your Child Is Waking Up Because Of Poop And Sleep Is Affected On A Regular Basis. Click Through To Learn A Few Tips On What May Be Causing It, And How To Keep Your Baby Comfortable During Sleep! Baby Sleep Tips | How To Get Your Baby To Sleep | Parenting | Newborn Sleep #sleepbabylove #sleeptips #sleep #parenting #newmom #babysleep

 Is your child always waking up from their nap early with poop (that “special” surprise)?

The whole thing stinks, that’s for sure, but it’s really maddening when your child is waking up because of poop and sleep is affected on a regular basis.

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If your child is waking because of poops, here are a few different ideas to consider:

1) Starting after 12 months of age, toddlers can control their bowel movements. Just like puking on command, some children choose to tout their independence with this control – especially as a tactic to stall or delay nap time or to end it prematurely.

2) Digestive changes can occur around the time of a growth spurt.

3) If the poop problem has been persistent for over a week or two (and really affecting your child’s sleep schedule) take a look at trying to get out a poop early in the following ways:

  • Change up foods and their timing. Try more fibrous foods at different times (try oatmeal vs. toast for example). Raisins, prunes, pears and bran cereal are also good foods to try. Stay away from constipating foods such as bananas.
  • Focus on water intake. Offer water more often throughout the day.
  • Talk to your pediatrician – children who poop every day, may be constipated. If the other methods above do not work or are not enough, medicine may be needed to get things moving.

If this is a new or sporadic problem that you’re having, try a quick diaper change with no interaction in a dimly lit room (or with no light at all).

Then try to put your child back down in the crib for their nap in the hopes that they will fall back asleep.

Protect your baby’s Ass-sets

Make sure that you slather diaper cream before their nap in case they poop to prevent a rash.  

Putting a little cream on will be the best preventative measure to help your baby’s skin but allowing them the motivation that they should not poop again.  

If your child’s nap is super short, make sure to focus on an early bedtime to prevent your child from becoming overtired.

Since this post is already TMI, do you have any tips to share?  How frustrated are you about the poop problem!

Susie Parker

Susie Parker is founder of Sleep Baby Love and a Certified Infant and Child Sleep Consultant through the Family Sleep Institute. When Susie's not ridding the world of sleepless families, she loves spending time with her two girls that have given her a ton of real world sleep experience head on.

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  1. My 19 month has usually slept until 630 or 7 before waking up but the past week or so he has been waking up between 430 or 5 with a poopy diaper and resisting going back down do you have any advice or suggestions? ? Thanks

    1. Our 14 month old has been waking up every morning with poops between 5 and 6am. She also wakes up prematurely from every nap with poops. This has been happening consistently for 6 months! It is absolutely killing us. We try to change her in the dark and put her right back down, but it has only worked once. We feel like we have tried everything and can’t resolve the issue. Please help if you have any advice!

      1. My 12 month old wakes up between 3:30 and 6 with a poopy diaper most days and has for weeks or months now. If it’s past 5, he’s awake for good. Ugh. Otherwise he’s a good little sleeper! Looks like others are also in this boat with no specific advice for it…. Maybe we can give him prunes or prune juice in the morning and try to switch it up.

  2. My 2 year old’s poop schedule just recently “changed”. It’s due to the stupid time change of setting the clocks back an hour. She has a swim class from 1015am-1045am every Tuesday. If any of the toddlers poop in the pool they have to stop the class completely. She’s now pooping around 1020-1030 every day. She used to poop at 1130, so the clock change makes sense. But now she won’t be able to participate in the class or else she’ll screw everyone else for the rest of the day (they have several classes in that pool throughout the day) out of their classes.
    So, I’m going to try giving her baby enemas before we go. Maybe I’ll be able to change her poop time even earlier (which will suck but I can’t really make it later…) and then she’ll still be able to go to the class!

    1. you can have light on! Just enough to see – but it doesn’t need to be a bright light. Light outside the room should give you enough light!

  3. I’ve had this problem for the past 3 weeks with my 7mo old but have kind of solved it at least for now. I thought she was pooping during her nap and it was waking her up after about 30 minutes, BUT I discovered that she’s actually pooping as she’s going to sleep. I’ve now stopped changing her diaper if it’s just wet right before her nap and just wait about 5 minutes after laying her down and go in and check her diaper (before she’s fallen asleep!)- 90% of the time she’s pooped by then and I change it followed by a normal 1.5 hour nap. The other 10% I checked too soon and she poops after I leave and wakes up poopy after 30 minutes, but I’ll take the hassle of going in and changing it before she falls asleep for the full nap! Maybe it’ll work for some of you as well. I’ve tried delaying her nap as well but she won’t poop until she’s down for her nap.. I’m starting to think she likes the privacy of her dark room with the sound machine lol!

  4. 19mo has been pooping during nap for the last month! Previously she was a fantastic sleeper and napper. Now she sleeps 30-40min then SCREAMS and poops. We’ve started potty training (thought maybe encouraging her to poop before nap would solve this) and the training is going well. She will now poop before nap…. BUT THEN POOPS AGAIN! Lol what do I do?! She needs more nap (ok fine it’s me, I need the nap!!)

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