Baby poop: A complete guide

Baby poop can be a great sign of how well the infant is doing and if he is being well fed or not. This is a great help for a lot of parents. This can also show if the baby is fine with the food you are feeding him or if he has any allergic symptoms.


How often should your baby poop, and what should it look like? Most new parents don’t know what to expect, and find baby poop quite surprising! It has so many shades and consistencies that even experienced parents may not have seen them all.

This complete guide to baby poop walks you through the various types of baby stool and explains what’s normal and what’s not as your newborn grows, drinks breast milk or formula, and starts eating solids. You’ll find out when not to worry and when it’s wise to be concerned.

Poop photos

If you’d like to see pictures of many of the poop types described below, check out our photo guide to baby poop. Yes, the photos are real!

Poop frequency

There’s a wide variety of normal pooping behavior among babies: Some poop after every meal and some only once or twice a week. What’s most important is that your baby’s poop is coming out reasonably soft. (If it’s hard and dry, your baby may be constipated and need some help getting her pooping process back on track.)

Breastfed newborns often poop after every feeding (roughly six to 10 times a day), but after three to six weeks or so, they can slow down and start having less frequent bowel movements.

Other than that common slowdown, there’s no need to worry if your baby’s pooping pattern stays fairly consistent and she’s acting like her usual self. But if there’s a sudden change or you notice signs that she’s uncomfortable or unhappy, give your doctor a ring.

Newborn poop: Meconium

Expect to find a greenish-black, tarry, sticky poop that looks like motor oil in your newborn’s diaper. Since meconium is made of amniotic fluid, mucus, skin cells, and other stuff ingested in utero, it doesn’t really smell – so you may not realize it’s time for a diaper change.


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