Baby poop can be a very easy way to determine your baby’s health. However, to new mothers, the array of colours and solidness of the poop can be very confusing.
To help you, we’ve prepared a poop guide:
1. Meconium (newborn poo)
Colour: Dark green
Characteristic: Thick, sticky, shiny, and tar-like. Usually doesn’t smell and is comprised of bile, cells, mucus, and amniotic-intestinal fluids.
Occurrence: This will be your baby’s first bowel movement and it takes place 24 hours within birth.
2. Transitional poop
Colour: Dark green, brown
Characteristic: Sticky but soft. Mixture of meconium and breast milk/formula.
Occurrence: This happens within 2 to 4 days, until your baby is eating well.
3. Breastfeeding poop
Characteristic: Seedy, soft, and squishy and usually has a sweet smell.
Occurrence: Your baby will produce this kind of poop within 3 to 5 days. It is an indication that your baby is getting mature breast milk.
4. Formula poop
Colour: Yellow-brown, green-tan brown
Characteristic: Thick and firm and usually smellier than breastfeeding poop.
Occurrence: If your baby drinks formula, this will happen within the first and second weeks
5. Breastfeeding/formula combination poop
Colour: Dark yellow, brown
Characteristic: Thicker than formula poop
Occurrence: Your baby will have this kind of poop if they consume both breast milk and formula. Happens within the first month of birth.
6. Solid food poop
Colour: Dark brown, brown-yellow
Characteristic: Thick and firm but also soft and mushy. Might also be red, orange, green, or blue, depending on the types of food consumed. May contain undigested food chunks. It is also usually very smelly, depending on the food eaten.
Occurrence: When your baby starts on solids – usually after 4 to 6 months.