A Rainbow of Poop! The many colours of baby poo!

By Louise, The Honest Midwife

Prior to embarking on parenthood you may have often found yourself slightly baffled when around new parents at their apparent obsession with the colour of their babies poop. You may have silently promised yourself that, when the time comes, the last thing that you will do is spend any time, sat in a cafe or otherwise, talking to near strangers about the content of your babies nappy. If this is the case, you are back of the queue of thousands, if not millions, of new parents that have made the exact same vow yet suddenly found themselves following the imparting of their name with a question to their new fellow comrade about baby poop!

Who knew that your babies business could change so rapidly and leave you feeling clueless as to what is right or wrong. Baby poo can come in a whole host of textures and colours and the vast majority are perfectly normal. Here is a little guide!

Days 1 -3 - You baby’s first bowel movement will be black and tar like. This is called Meconium and is made up of blood cells, skin cells, baby hairs, and various other waste matter. You should expect this appearance and consistency to last for about 3 days when you will find nappy contents become a little smellier and much lighter in colour.

Days 4 - 6 Enter our pesto nappies! Whilst transitioning away from Meconium your baby will produce dark greenish stools which will soon change to a mustard like appearance. Babies who are breastfed are more likely to have slightly runnier nappies with their formula fed friends passing firmer (not solid) poop which can also be a little smellier.

If you have a baby girl it is not uncommon to see a little fresh blood in their nappy. Again, this is perfectly normal as it is Mum’s hormones working their way out of her system so she is experiencing a tiny period. This will pass after a couple of nappies and is not unusual. However, if you are worried touch base with your midwife or GP.

Believe it or not seeing changes in your babies nappies can leave you feeling a little anxious as you wonder what prompted the changes. In the vast majority of cases you will find that, just like adults, babies stools do vary from day to day. That said, if you are unsure always run it past your health visitor for reassurance.