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Good poop? Bad poop? Or is it all just poop?

Poop might not be so fun to talk about, but as a parent of a newborn, you probably have poop on the brain (yay). In any case, it doesn't have to be a huge mystery. Here are a few things to keep in mind.
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The first baby poop

Technically called meconium, this is the dark greenish black sticky stuff that you'll first see in diapers. It's not true poop but basically an elimination of a substance found in your baby's intestines while he's womb-bound.

Real newborn poop

This is a yellow, mustard, brownish poop that occurs early on. Usually this is less smelly than what's to come later. You may see small seed-like bits in this poop; no worries, that's normal.

Food poop:

Yuck, right? Once your babe starts on solids, his poop is going to get icky and smell way worse. Your baby's poop may be green, orange, or another food-like color, which is normal.

Formula poop

Babies who are fed formula have different poop than breastfed babies (commonly that mustard-looking stuff mentioned above). If your baby eats formula, his poop may be darker brown and can smell of iron vitamins. This is typical and nothing to worry about.

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    Rated 0 out of 5 by i think every baby is different and its hard to tell whats good poop and bad poop when i had my daughter her poop was like i was breastfeeding as one of the nurses told me mind you i wasnt breastfeeding she was bottle feed i asked is that ohkay and is that normal she replied yes.. so i honestly think every baby is different and its hard to tell May 11, 2012
    Rated 0 out of 5 by It is hard to know what is good and bad poop. As my doctor said, all babies poop is different... and some go days without pooping. I think it is important to keep track of your babies poop and if the baby breaks the pattern or rhythm that is when you should call a doctor. December 20, 2011
    Rated 0 out of 5 by should it look like a soft dark greenish color if he is formula fed twice a day and the rest breastfed? September 17, 2011
    Rated 0 out of 5 by Can iron make your baby constipated? My baby is 6 weeks old and is having a hard time going to the bathroom. September 9, 2011
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