Is the poop normal?
You’re in for a surprise when it comes to the colour, texture and smell of baby poop! With the help of Tommee Tippee though, you can become an expert in one of the most talked about subjects for new parents on what’s normal and what isn’t.
Poop. 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 colour, 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 can keep even the most experienced parent guessing. Let us help demystify that nappy for you with our handy baby poop guide….
Baby's first poop
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 made up of 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.
Breastfed baby poop
After the meconium has passed, your baby’s poop will start to change to a lighter greeny-black colour 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!
Bottle-fed baby poop
It is 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 breast-fed baby poop. Colour-wise, you can expect the poop to be a paler yellow or yellowish brown and it will be stronger smelling. Fortunately, your nappy disposal system should be helping you keep those nasty niffs away.
Baby poop when introducing solid foods
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 colour 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.
Jet propelled poop
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 the nappy.