It's no secret: Babies poop—a lot! Babies should expel their first poop, called meconium, within 24 hours. From then on, they won't stop pooping—going through an average of 10 diaper changes per day (and at least 2,000 diaper changes in the first year)! But when it comes to your baby's poop, you're probably spending a significant amount of time looking at those dirty diapers (something you never imagined you'd do pre-parenthood, right?) and wondering if what you're seeing is normal...or not.
The fact is, poop color, consistency, and odor can all change, depending on what your baby consumes. And although there is a wide range of normal poop types (any poop that is a variation of yellow, brown, and green, with a soft consistency), there are some BMs that may indicate health problems (bloody, black, or white poop, for example).
Thankfully, our baby poop decoder is here to help! Just download and print our handy one-page baby poop guide to learn the different types—we've included color photos with descriptions about their consistency. If you do notice any abnormal or worrisome poop, always contact your pediatrician for more advice.
Photo Credits: Transitional and bloody poop provided by Gregory Gordon, M.D. (gregorygordonmd.com); Breastfeeding and formula poop provided by Oasis Lactation Services (oasislactationservices.com); Mucusy and blood-streaked poop provided by Happy Healthy Mama (happyhealthymama.com); Diarrhea, bloody/black, and white poop provided by Douglas Mogul, MD, of Johns Hopkins Children's Center (hopkinschildrens.org); all other photos sourced from real moms and WikimediaCommons.com
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