All About Baby's Poop: What's Normal, What's Not, When Starting Solids

Updated: Jun 20


Nearly all parents have questions about their baby’s bowel movements, especially when solid foods are introduced into their diet.


Up until now, your baby has been on a liquid diet and their poop has remained fairly consistent. Now that solids are being introduced, it only makes sense that the contents of their diapers are going to start changing, because what goes in, comes back out...and sometimes it comes out looking pretty close to how it did when it went in with its color and texture.


With all these changes, if you’re like me, you probably have lots of questions going through your mind.


What’s normal?

Is this a cause for concern?

When should I see a doctor?


This post is the first one of a series of all about poop. I know, it's a dirty job, but someone's gotta tell you all about what's in your child's diapers.



Color

Oh, so many colors!! When you eat the rainbow, you poop the rainbow, and that will likely be one of the first changes you notice.


The variety of colors that will begin to show up may amaze you. The good news is that most of them are normal and are a reflection of what your baby eats. Most of the time, baby’s poop has a dark brown or brown-yellow color. But it can also come in other colors like red, orange, green, blueish.

⭐️If you are, or ever get concerned about the color of your baby's BMs, talk with your pediatrician.

FUN FACT: Stool is made up of broken-down food, bacteria, cells that shed from the intestines and bile. Bile is a waste product that is excreted from your liver; it dumps into your intestines and accounts for the majority of poop's color.

​You can give your baby a safe start to solid foods! This on-demand workshop will provide you with the knowledge and confidence you need to wean well.



Texture

When liquids go in, liquids come out. When solids go in, solids come out. It's only natural for your baby's poop to thicken and bulk up after the introduction of solids.

The consistency can range from thick as peanut butter to mushier, like cottage cheese or yogurt. If your child, regardless of her age, passes anything that looks like cat poop (loglike) or rabbit poop (a pebble), or if stools are hard, dry, and painful to pass, they might be constipated. Here is a rule to keep in mind: If the poop can roll, it's too hard.

⭐️If you are, or ever get concerned about the texture of your baby's BMs, talk with your pediatrician.