The Scoop on Baby Poop
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.
- Make yellow poop that's speckled with little seeds--like mustard
- Poop one or more times a day, usually after they eat
- Have tan, yellow, or greenish poop
- Poop once a day, sometimes more often
- 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.