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The Scoop on Baby Poop

Changing poopy diapers may not be glamorous, but it's a necessary part of parenting. It can also reveal clues to your child's health. Baby poop comes in many forms, and often changes in response to the child's age, how they are eating, and what types of foods they are consuming. Becoming a baby poop expert will increase your confidence in knowing what's normal, what's not, and when it's time to consult your pediatrician.

Say What?

Yes, we have written an entire article dedicated to the topic of baby poop. If you don't have kids, you may think we've lost our minds. But trust us, if you've got a baby, you will have a question or two about baby poop at some point. You may even become completely obsessed with baby poop. And it's totally normal.
 

Baby's First Poop

Your baby's first bowel moment is a Big Deal. It serves as proof that his or her tiny digestive tract is functioning properly. If it happens while the baby is still in the womb, it can cause problems, such as lung problems. You'll know this has happened if your amniotic fluid is stained instead of clear. Make sure to let your healthcare provider know right away, as extra precautions and monitoring will be necessary for your little one.
 
No matter where or when it occurs, this first type of baby poop is known as meconium. It is thick, sticky, dark, and a nightmare to clean up. It lasts for a few days after birth.
 

Transitional Poop

As baby begins to breastfeed or formula feed, the meconium gradually changes to regular baby poop. During the transition, the stool becomes gradually less thick and gradually lighter in color. This, along with plenty of wet diapers, is a good sign that baby is getting enough nutrition.
 
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