Introducing Solids & Sleep

Updated: Jun 23, 2020

After hearing a few oohs and aah's whenever I mention how to avoid pooping at 5am and it correlation to certain foods, I thought it would be good to do a post on how introducing food, can effect your babies sleep.


Fruit in the later part of the day or after dinner, can result in a bowel movement around 5am. If your baby does poop at 5am, this window is also where the drive to sleep is especially weak, so going back to sleep would be pretty much impossible.

If you are stuck with your little one having a bowel movement at this time, move fruits to earlier in the day to see if it helps.

There is also one vegetable that I have noticed can cause the same issue and that is sweet potatoes.  

I'm not an expert in nutrition or a dietician, but I do know its to do with the amount of sugars in these foods, that ferment or break down over night, resulting in this issue.


Effecting both overnight sleep and the onset of sleep.  

Maintaining good fluid intake in the day is necessary to avoid getting backed up day or night.

Fibre absorbs water as it passes through the digestive system, making the passing of bowel movements easier. </