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Introducing Solids & Sleep to babies

Updated: Feb 7, 2022

Introducing Solids and Sleep to babies
Introducing Solids & Sleep

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.

Too much fruit after dinner Dawn Whittaker
Too much fruit ...

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.


Fibre absorbs water

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.

Most children don't drink massive amounts of water in one go, but small sips throughout the day are suggested. 

Especially when you introduce foods, it's good practice to offer water with any foods to just normalize its presence. 


Slow and Steady Dawn Whittaker
Slow and Steady

Slow and Steady is best!

Although getting your baby to test and taste out new foods is exciting, if you go hell for leather, you will likely cause an issue in your babies gut, which will cause either tummy ache or little trumpet trousers overnight.

It's also harder to know which foods, if any, are aggravating your infant.

It's always good practice to add new foods into your child's repertoire early in the day (think lunch) and not right before your little one goes to bed (dinner).

If they are going to have a reaction to something, you want to know about it by observing them.  

Reactions can be both mild to severe and in some cases life-threatening.

The range of symptoms can swing from a small rash around the mouth without any other discomfort to the more troubling signs of vomiting, swollen lips and or eyes, explosive pooping, and difficulty breathing. 

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