What to Do If Your Baby Poops While Sleeping

  • By: Gian
  • Date: May 15, 2022
  • Time to read: 7 min.

No one wants to think about their baby pooping while they’re sleeping, but it happens. And when it does, you need to know what to do!

If your baby poops in their sleep, it is important to change the diaper straight away. If the baby is still asleep, you may be able to clean them up and change their poopy diaper without completely awakening them. Move gently and calmly while keeping the lights low and the room silent.

What Should I Do if My Baby Poops While Sleeping?

If your baby poops while asleep, it is important to clean them up as soon as possible.

The good news is you can use a wet washcloth or baby wipes to gently clean your baby’s bum. If the poop is on their clothes, you will need to change their outfit.

It is also important to keep an eye on your baby’s diaper. If they are pooping more frequently or if the poop is watery, it could be a sign of diarrhea or loose bowel movements. Diarrhea can dehydrate your baby, so it is important to contact your pediatrician if you think your baby may have diarrhea.

Diarrhea in babies can be caused by:

  • antibiotics
  • too much fruit juice
  • milk allergies (which are pretty rare)
  • gastroenteritis,
  • a viral illness
  • food allergies or sensitivities

If your baby has developed a habit of pooping at night, a sleep sack with a bottom zip or sleeping bag is just what you need. This is particularly helpful for frequent diaper changes at nap time during the day or at night.

A sleep sack will allow you change the diaper without disturbing your baby too much. They can remain warm and cosy, whilst you unzip the bottom of the sleep sack and change the diaper.

However, make sure you have one with a bottom zip allowing this access and not a full frontal zip.

Why Would a Child Poop in Their Sleep?

Most parents have experienced the dreaded middle-of-the-night call from their child, saying they’ve pooped in their sleep.

This is generally associated with trying new foods or eating too close to bedtime. When a child eats close to bedtime, their body doesn’t have enough time to digest the food before they fall asleep. This can cause an upset stomach and diarrhea during the night.

Another reason why a child may poop in their sleep is because of constipation. If a child is having difficulty passing stool during the day, they may end up doing so at night. This can be caused by a variety of factors, including a lack of fiber in their diet or not drinking enough water.

Additionally, if you have an older baby who just started potty training, he could also be pooping shortly after being put to bed.

Should I Change a Poopy Diaper if the Baby Is Sleeping?

Yes! If the sleeping baby is snoozing soundly and you are confident that they will not wake up during the diaper change, then it is probably okay to go ahead and gently change the diaper.

However, if the baby is fussy or waking up frequently, it is probably best to go ahead and change the diaper. A full, poopy diaper can be uncomfortable for a baby and may cause them to wake up more frequently.

If you are unsure whether or not to change the diaper, err on the side of caution and go ahead with the change even if your baby is still in bed. It is always better to be safe than sorry, and a clean diaper will help your baby enjoy a comfortable sleep before waking up in the morning.

If you leave a poopy diaper on a baby, then it will probably cause diaper rash.

Does your child rely on your to go back to sleep? It’s more important to change his diapers right away if this is the case. Otherwise, he’ll be restless due to a lack of bed sleep.

When Do Breastfed Babies Stop Pooping at Night?

The short answer is after the age of six to eight weeks. Babies are more likely to quit pooping at night because they begin to get their days and nights figured out. But before your baby is born, he or she lives his or her entire life in darkness. They don’t know the difference between night and day, so they’ll keep doing their daily habits like sleeping, pooping, and eating around the clock.

During the day, your baby will poop several times. But at night, when you’re asleep and can’t breastfeed him or her, your baby’s digestive system slows down. That’s why most babies don’t poop at night.

However, some babies continue to poop at night even after they’re six to eight weeks old. If your baby pooped at night or in the early morning hours, it’s nothing to worry about. Just make sure you’re breastfeeding him or her during the day so he or she gets enough nutrition.

If your baby is formula-fed, he or she may poop less often because the formula is more easily digested than breast milk. But even formula-fed babies usually don’t poop at night after they’re six to eight weeks old.

So if your baby wakes up and poops at night, don’t worry. It’s probably just a phase of his bedtime routine that will pass after a few weeks. And in the meantime, enjoy those middle-of-the-night cuddles! They won’t last forever.

How Many Times a Day Should a Newborn Poop?

Most babies pass feces two to five times each day until they are about six weeks old. Some infants have bowel movements after each meal. The frequency of defecation normally reduces between the ages of six weeks and three months. Many babies poop only once a day, and some only once a week.

The color of your baby’s poop can vary and is usually yellow, green, or brown. If your baby’s poop is red, it could be a sign of blood in the stool. If this happens, you should contact your doctor right away.

What Happens if Baby Stays in Dirty Diaper?

If you’re a new mom or dad, then you know that one of the most important things you can do for your baby is to keep them clean and dry. That’s why it’s so important to change their diaper frequently, especially if they’ve had a bowel movement.

However, sometimes life gets busy and it’s not always possible to change a diaper as soon as it’s soiled. So what happens if the baby stays in a dirty diaper for too long?

Unfortunately, the answer is that your baby can develop a serious diaper rash. The combination of pee and bacteria in baby excrement can irritate their skin and cause a diaper rash if not addressed.

If your baby does develop a diaper rash, don’t despair. There are plenty of over-the-counter treatments that can help soothe their skin and clear up the rash, or better still try natural home remedies for diaper rash. However, it’s always best to try to prevent a diaper rash in the first place by changing diapers frequently and keeping your baby clean and dry.

It’s better to change the diaper and risk your baby waking up than letting her stay in dirty diapers.

How to Stop Baby Pooping at Night?

If you’re wondering what to do if your baby or toddler poop at night, there are a few things you can do to help.

1) Lather your baby’s bottom with a thick layer of diaper cream for longer stretches between diaper changes. This will create a barrier between their skin and the stool, helping to prevent irritation.

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2) Give your baby enough time to digest food before putting them to sleep. This means feeding them at least an hour or two before bedtime.

3) Feed your baby when they wake up in the early morning, not before when they’re falling asleep.

4) Keep your baby properly hydrated. This means giving them plenty of fluids during the day so that their stool is softer and easier to pass. Hydration also affects your baby’s bowel movements.

5) Mom and dad should adjust your baby’s bedtime routine based on her sleeping habits and bowel movement. For example, if your newborn baby usually sleeps through the night time but has a poopy diaper when waking up in the morning, you may want to adjust her bedtime so that she goes to sleep later.

6) Teach your baby sleep training and to self-soothe. Sleep training and sleep program can help her learn to sleep through the night without needing to poop. There are a variety of sleep training methods you can use, so talk to your pediatrician or sleep consultant about which one is right for your baby.

7) Feed your baby starchy food at dinner time. Starchy foods and more binding foods such as sweet potatoes can slow down bowel movements at night.

8) Follow the Eat, Wake, Sleep cycle. When your child wakes from nighttime or nap sleep, you immediately feed them. You want to keep them 100% fully awake from the start to the end of their feeding.

9) Make your baby relax at bedtime. You can give your baby a massage or warm bath before sleep time to help her relax at night. After giving your baby a bath, give him some independent playtime to see if he poops before going to bed. You can also do independent play in the morning when your child wakes up.

10) Keep a food log. A food journal or log will help you keep track of what your baby has been eating to know which foods she ate before she started pooping at night. Certain foods can be causing your baby to poop while she sleeps.

11) Consider giving your baby bran or fiber-rich cereals as well as P fruits – pears, plums, peaches, and prunes for breakfast.

Conclusion

So, what do you do if your baby poops while asleep or at nap time? First and foremost, remain calm. It’s not the end of the world! very gently scoop up your little one and head to the changing table.

Try to keep the lights low and the room as quiet as possible so you don’t wake them up. Change their diaper quickly and efficiently, then place them back in their crib or bassinet.

Hopefully, they will sleep through the whole process and you can avoid another midnight diaper change!