Written on 7 November 2017
Starting solids is a big step for your baby — he’s learning a whole new way of eating, after all. All those new foods affect every aspect of his digestion, including what ends up in his diapers. That’s right — we’re talking about poop today! Before you start your baby on solid foods, it’s best to prepare yourself in advance for the fact that starting solids will probably affect your baby’s poop. The poop will smell worse. The poop may be brightly coloured. The poop may appear many times a day. Or, the poop may stop coming altogether. We repeat — the poop changes.
1. The poop will smell even worse: Now, poop never smells great. Once you start your baby on solids, though, it is going to change. Solid food produces smellier poop, and as your baby eats more and more solid food, the poop will only get stinkier. There’s no way around it. Just plan on doing lots of mouth-breathing during diaper changes.
2. The poop may be colourful: Before starting solids, your baby’s poop was probably a consistent yellowish-brown colour. After starting solids, though, it will change. Feed your baby plenty of tasty spinach for lunch, and you may very well see green poop at bedtime. Offer a big bowl of yummy steamed carrots for dinner, and you might wake up to a diaper full of bright orange poop the next morning.
There is nothing to worry about it as brightly-coloured poop is normal at this stage. Your baby’s digestive system is still fairly immature and is learning how to process solid foods. As she grows, her poop will change to a more normal colour, regardless of what she eats.
3. The poop may get firmer: If your baby has been on formula, this one my not apply. But if your baby has been breastfeeding up to this point, you may discover, that after starting solids, his poop is firmer and more “shaped”. Breastfed babies typically have runny, liquid type poop. Once they start solids, however, it becomes firmer, more like paste.
4. The poop may start appearing more often: By the time you’re ready to start your baby on solid foods, it’s likely that he’s pooping pretty normally (as in once or twice a day). In fact, if he’s being breastfed exclusively, he may be going a few days in between bowel movements. That’s considered very normal for breastfed babies.
But once you start your baby on solid foods that may come to an end. For some babies, starting solids means pooping more frequently. As your baby’s systems figure out how to process solid food more efficiently, you’ll find that he returns to more normal amounts of pooping.
Note: Diarrhoea can be a sign of a food allergy or sensitivity. If you suspect that your baby’s frequent pooping is actually diarrhoea, talk to a healthcare provider about possible food allergies and sensitivities.
5. The poop may disappear altogether: Some babies poop way more after starting solids. Other babies, though, have the opposite problem: constipation. Constipation often occurs when you offer your baby lots of “binding” foods, like bananas and rice.
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