You were probably expecting to have to change a fair few nappies when you became a parent. But if you're anything like us, you probably weren't expecting to be quite so fascinated (verging on obsessed) by the colour and texture of your little one's poo. 🙃
In fact, knowing what's normal when it comes to baby poo is a bit of a minefield and can cause a lot of stress. So here's a quick run down of the main points.
Your baby's first poo is called meconium. It will be very dark and very sticky. That's because it's made up of the things that your baby ingested in the womb. Yum.
Your baby should pass all of their meconium in the first few days after first. After this, your baby’s poo will change colour and texture dramatically as their first few meals start to filter through.
If you are breastfeeding, your baby’s poo should be mustardy yellow (you'll never look at a chicken korma in the same way again) and very loose with a sometimes grainy texture.
If you are bottle feeding, your baby’s poo should be yellowish brown and a lot firmer and smellier than the breastfed alternative (pros and cons, eh?). That's because it's a bit harder for babies to digest formula milk.
And what about colours?
💚 Green poo can be alarming and, as long as there aren't any other worrying symptoms, should be harmless.
❤️ Red-tinged poo is probably harmless, but it's a good idea to double check this one with a doctor as it could mean there's blood in your baby's poo.
🖤 Black poo could also be a sign that there's blood in your baby's poo, so do get in touch with a healthcare professional.
🤍 White poo is pretty unusual but may be a sign that your baby’s liver isn't working quite right. So make sure you speak to a doctor as soon as you can.
Wow, what a lovely journey across a rainbow that was. 🌈 We know it's not the most glamorous of topics, but who signed up to motherhood in search of glamour anyway? 🤪