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    The Scoop on Baby Poop

    Week 4

    If it seems like you're constantly changing diapers, you're not imagining it. By the end of this year, you'll have changed 2,300 diapers! Parents of twins -- double that number. Triplets ... you get the picture.

    So you're not surprised when you open your baby's diaper, here's what to expect.

    Breastfed babies:

    • Make yellow poop that's speckled with little seeds--like mustard
    • Poop one or more times a day, usually after they eat

    Formula-fed babies:

    • Have tan, yellow, or greenish poop
    • Poop once a day, sometimes more often

    What's normal:

    • Poop can come in a rainbow of colors, changing to yellow, green, or brown.
    • Some babies don't poop for a day or two -- even a week. You don't need to worry as long as your baby is still eating and gaining weight.

    What's not normal (time to call your doctor):

    • Poop that is filled with mucus, water, or blood could be a sign of an allergy or infection.
    • Solid, hard poop means your baby is probably constipated.

    Your Baby's Development This Week

    You've seen a real transformation in the last month. Your little one has changed from a tiny newborn into a more active -- and interactive -- baby with a budding personality.

    As she hits the big 1-month mark, here are just some of the new things she's able to do:

    • Move her head from side to side while lying on her tummy
    • Turn her head toward the sound of your voice
    • Coordinate her movements well enough to bring her hand to her mouth
    • Focus on a toy that's 12 inches away, although her eyes may still cross and that's OK
    • Recognize the smell of her mother's milk

    Week 4 Tips

    • If your baby is constipated, try mixing a teaspoon of prune juice with breast milk or formula.
    • Save the baby wipes for messy poop clean-ups. A damp washcloth is good enough for cleaning after a wet diaper.
    • Your baby's neck muscles are getting stronger, but she still can't hold up her head on her own. Don't forget to support her neck whenever you carry her.
    • Do not hold your baby while you are eating or drinking anything hot.
    • When your baby seems ill, take her temperature with a rectal thermometer -- it's most accurate at this age.
    • A rectal temperature at or above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit is a sign your baby could be sick. Call the pediatrician right away.
    • Your baby's one-month birthday is time for a well-baby visit. At the appointment, the doctor will measure your baby, check her health, discuss vaccines, ask how she's been eating and sleeping, and give some guidance for developmental goals.
    • You've been focused on your baby for a month now. Don't forget about your partner. Get a babysittter so you can get some time alone with your partner.

    WebMD Medical Reference

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