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Whether you feel like you're changing diapers every ten minutes or worrying that you're not changing them often enough, it's likely that your baby's bowel movements are normal.
Some babies are like little poop machines, pooping several times a day, usually after every feed. Meanwhile, some can go several days without pooping once (you can bet you'll know about it when it does happen though!).
You'll find that you'll change the most diapers with your newborn. A newborn baby can average around 12 changes in a 24-hour period, but will be relieved to hear that this does slow down as your baby gets older.
What your baby is fed can also determine how often they poop. Breast milk contains a natural laxative, so breastfed babies often poop more, especially in the early days. Formula is harder for babies to digest, which changes the texture of their poop and makes it more solid. This means it's more likely for them to become constipated.
But, before you reach for the prune juice, it's probably helpful to know that it is totally normal for babies to strain and cry when passing a poop. This alone does not mean that they are constipated. As long as the poop is soft, everything is fine.
You're in for a surprise when it comes to the color, texture and smell of baby poop! We bet poop is something you hardly thought about and certainly didn't talk about before becoming a parent. And now it's not only a hot topic of conversation, but wondering whether the color, texture, smell or frequency is normal is starting to drive you a little crazy!
Baby poop comes in all sorts of shades and forms, and it can keep even the most experienced parent guessing. Let us help demystify that diaper for you with our handy baby poop guide...
Among the most unusual baby poop is a baby's first poop. This is because it is made up of something called meconium, which is everything mum ingested while their baby was in the womb. This poop is a dark greeny-black color and very, very sticky, which can make it quite difficult to wipe away. Yes, it does look and feel like something they tarmac the roads with ��� this is normal and will likely last for a few days at least.
After the meconium has passed, your baby's poop will start to change to a lighter greeny-black color and then on to a yellow hue. It is also often quite bright. The texture will change too, from sticky to grainy, even loose. It should be soft and easy to pass. The biggest surprise for new parents is often the smell, as it is far sweeter than you might anticipate - a breastfeeding bonus!
It's a little more difficult for a baby to digest formula than breast milk and this results in some small differences in their poop. Bottle-fed baby poop is likely to be bulkier than breastfed baby poop. Color-wise, you can expect the poop to be a paler yellow or yellowish brown and it will be stronger smelling.
All change! With solid foods, your baby's poop will now become larger and thicker, more like what you'd expect as an adult. And unfortunately they will get smellier too!
You may notice that different foods affect the poop differently. Sometimes you'll see the color of the poop reflect what you've given your baby to eat. You may also notice certain hard-to-digest foods pass straight through. This will change in time, as your baby gets used to different food types. In the meantime, you'll have fun guessing what those weird little black flecks are (HINT: it's probably that banana). This poop just got real.
Yes, your baby can achieve some real force behind that poop! Don't be surprised if that poop you've waited longer than usual for has made its way out of their diaper.
You already know that poop comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes (not to mention smells and colors). Because of this, it's sometimes hard to tell when something is wrong.
Nevertheless, there are a few signs you should watch out for that could indicate a greater problem: