What's Normal Baby Poop and When Should You Call the Doctor?

It can be alarming when your baby’s poop changes colors or consistency, so it’s important to know what is normal for a baby and when you should call the doctor. In this post, we will discuss the different kinds of baby poop and what each one means. We will also provide tips on how to make sure your baby’s bowel movements are healthy and normal.

Newborn Baby Poop

Is your baby’s poop brown or yellow? If you’re a first time parent there’s something you’ll have to deal with a lot of, baby poop, so knowing what means healthy and what means something else is a great thing to learn. It can be firm, loose and sometimes even green in color. All of these variations are normal for a newborn.

The Different Colors of Baby Poop and What They Mean

As your baby starts to eat solids, their poop will change color and consistency. The most common colors are yellow, green, brown, and black. Each color can mean something different.

Meconium, a Baby’s First Poop

The very first poop a newborn baby has is meconium or a greenish black poop that is sticky and tar like, and was in your babies intestines during pregnancy. It’s completely normal, and is a sign your baby is healthy and their bowels are working correctly.

Transitional Baby Stools

After the first 24 hours and the meconium has passed, there will be some transitional poop that is dark, greenish yellow and loose, possibly seedy in texture. The baby poop might contain mucus or small traces of blood, from the baby swallowing blood during delivery. If you have a concern about blood in the stool talk to your doctor, and show them the diaper to be safe.

After a few days of transitional stools the baby poop will change consistency based on their diet of either breast milk, or the formula you choose.

Breast Fed Baby Poop vs Formula Fed Baby Poop

Bottle Fed BabyBreastfed babies will have different poop as compared to a formula fed baby’s poop.

What’s normal for baby poop depends on whether you’re breastfeeding or formula-feeding. If your baby is breastfed, her bowel movements will often be mustard-like in color and consistency. It can sometimes look loose, even watery, and sometimes seedy, mushy or curdy.

If she’s formula-fed, the stool will usually be soft but more formed than a breastfed baby’s, and anywhere from pale yellow to yellowish brown, light brown or brownish green.

How often should a baby poop?

For first-time parents, one of the most common questions is “How often should a baby poop?” After all, newborns typically don’t have regular bowel movements, so it’s hard to know what’s normal. There is no single answer to this question since every baby is different. However, there are some general guidelines you can follow.

On average, newborns poop about once per day or every other day. However, some babies may poop more frequently, while others may go a few days without a bowel movement. If your baby is eating formula or breast milk, then it’s perfectly normal for them to have fewer than six bowel movements per week. 

As your baby starts to eat solid foods, their stool patterns will begin to change. Some babies may poop after every meal, while others may only go once or twice a week. It’s important to pay attention to your baby’s stool patterns and consistency so that you can be sure they’re getting enough fiber and hydration. If you’re ever concerned about your baby’s bowel movements, be sure to speak with your pediatrician.

Generally formula fed babies will poop more since breast milk is perfectly suited for babies, so they absorb all the nutrients and have nothing to pass. That’s why if you’re strictly breast feeding you may notice your baby not pooping for days at a time.

What do different baby poop colors mean?

Anyone who has ever changed a baby’s diaper knows that there is a seemingly endless variety of colors and consistency that baby poop can come in. And while it’s generally not something that parents like to think or talk about, knowing what different baby poop colors mean can be helpful in diagnosing potential problems. 

Here is a quick guide to some of the most common baby poop colors and what they might indicate: 

Green Poop

Green poop typically indicates that your baby is eating too many green vegetables or that their formula has been mixed with too much water. While green poop isn’t generally cause for concern, if it persists for more than a few days or is accompanied by other symptoms, it’s best to consult your pediatrician. 

Orange Poop

Orange poop can be caused by a number of things, including certain medications, carotene-rich foods, or iron supplements. If your baby’s poop is only orange for one or two diaper changes, there’s no need to worry. However, if it persists for longer than that or is accompanied by other symptoms, it’s best to check with your pediatrician. 

Black Poop

Black poop (often referred to as “meconium”) is completely normal for newborns who have only been breastfed or given formula up until that point. After the first few days, black poop should no longer be present in breastfed babies, while formula-fed babies may continue to have black stools for up to 6 weeks. If you’re concerned about the color of your baby’s poop, always consult with your pediatrician. 

Red Poop

Red poop can be alarming for parents, but it’s often nothing to worry about and is usually the result of eating red fruits or vegetables (think: beets, tomatoes, strawberries). If red streaks are present in your baby’s stool or if the redness persists for more than a few days, however, it could be a sign of bleeding and you should consult your pediatrician immediately. 

Why is my baby constipated and what can I do about it?

If your baby is straining to poop, or if they’re pooping less often than usual, it’s likely that they’re constipated. Constipation is very common in babies, and usually isn’t anything to worry about. In most cases, you can treat it at home with some simple lifestyle changes.

What Causes Constipation in Babies?

There are a few different things that can cause constipation in babies. For one, they may be eating solid foods for the first time and their digestive system is still getting used to it. Additionally, some babies are born with a condition called hypothyroidism, which can slow down their digestive system. 

Certain medications can also cause constipation, so if your baby has recently started taking any new medication, that could be the culprit. Finally, drinking too much cow’s milk can also lead to constipation in babies. If you think your baby’s constipation might be due to cow’s milk, talk to their pediatrician about switching to a different type of milk such as goat’s milk or soy milk.

How Can I Treat My Baby’s Constipation?

There are a few things you can do at home to help ease your baby’s constipation. First, make sure they’re getting plenty of fluids throughout the day. water is always a good option, but you can also give them juice or prune juice if they’re over 6 months old. It’s important not to give them too much juice, though, as that can actually make the problem worse. 

Next, make sure they’re getting enough fiber in their diet. This means giving them plenty of fruits and vegetables (if they’re old enough to eat solids) as well as whole grain breads and cereals. You can also try adding a small amount of pureed prunes or pureed pear to their food if they’re eating solids. 

Finally, make sure they’re getting plenty of physical activity every day. This will help get their digestive system moving and may help relieve their constipation. 

There’s surprisingly a lot to know about baby poop, and it’s indications on your baby’s health, diet, and regularity. If you have any questions or concerns, call your local pediatrician. They’ll be able to give you the best advice for your specific situation.