A Guide To Baby Poop

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:

Source: Mom Tricks

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

Colour: Yellow/yellow-green

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.

Sources: Baby Center, Parents.