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Baby Bowel Movements

Baby Bowel Movements

What goes in must come out! Baby poop can reveal a surprising amount about your little one. It also changes over time. Here’s the scoop on baby poop from birth to 12 months old.

Bowel movements during the first few days

  • Appearance: The very first bowel movements are a thick black or greenish substance called meconium.
  • Frequency: Babies usually poop at least once a day during the first week. This stage only lasts a few days.

Bowel movements during the first month

  • Appearance: Once you’re past the first few days of life, your little one’s poop will turn to a more yellow and seedy texture. It should appear soft and have a rice pudding or pasty consistency.
  • Frequency: During the first month of life, your baby’s bowel pattern will start to vary. Your infant could have bowel movements anywhere from several times a day to one every few days. As long as it is always has the soft, seedy appearance listed above, any of these patterns are fine.

Baby bowel movements by 2 months old

  • Appearance: By 2 months, poop may be orange/yellow or yellow/brown yellow/green or darker green – especially depending on breastfeeding or formula choice. Breastfed babies pass mustard-colored poop with seed-like particles. These bowel movements tend to be soft but can vary from runny to firm. Formula-fed babies can have slightly deeper colored and firmer poop, but they’re typically still on the softer side.
  • Frequency: Some babies poop with each feeding, making those parents diaper-changing pros. Less is normal, too. By three to six weeks, some breastfed newborns only have one dirty diaper a week. Formula-fed newborns usually poop at least once a day.

Baby bowel movements at 3 months old

  • Appearance: Once your baby’s intestines can hold more, and they absorb more nutrients from breast milk or formula, their poops become more solid.
  • Frequency: As their gastrointestinal system matures, your baby likely won’t need to poop as often. Poop frequency may vary from several a day to once every three or four days. Breastfed babies may be less frequent.

Baby bowel movements at 4 months to 1 year old

  • Appearance: Once your baby starts eating solids, get ready for the possibility of technicolor poop! Stools can take on the hues of food, while the sugars and fats in food may give it a strong odor. Your little cutie is also a little stinker.
  • Frequency: Bowel movements vary from kid to kid. If your baby grunts or turns red in the face while having a bowel movement, that can be normal. It's also normal for some breastfed babies to go four to seven days without one.

If your child goes without a BM for longer periods than those listed here, or seems to be in pain or strain, check with their doctor about constipation. Other indications of digestive issues include poop that’s extremely watery or loose (especially after the first month) and poop that contains mucus or blood.

And that’s the scoop on baby poop. When it comes to understanding baby bowel movements, you’ve got this. Now that you’re handling poop like a pro, make sure you’re not spreading any of that bacteria around your home. Now go feed that little munchkin and see what surprising gifts they make for you.


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