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:
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.