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Once your baby starts solids, diaper changes can get downright weird. Find out what’s normal in the Dirty Diaper Department.
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You could never have imagined how important baby poop would be until now. Graduating to solids and finger-foods can bring daily surprises in the diaper department. With beginning eaters, rice and grain cereals, bananas and applesauce can cause firmer and more formed stools, while pureed peas, peaches, pears, apricots, or plums and prunes may produce looser-than-normal stools.

A baby will usually have his first poop soon after birth, one so special it has its own name, meconium. It is dark-colored, usually black, brown or forest green, and it’s made up of old cells that have been building up in your baby’s intestines during pregnancy.

Once your baby moves to the finger-food stage, what comes out the other end could be a shock! Small chunks of fruits, pasta, tomatoes, and cooked vegetables, such as whole corn kernels, lentils, raisins, peas, or bits of pasta and other UFOs (Unidentified Fecal Objects) are likely to show up. Nothing’s wrong. It’s just that your baby isn’t very skilled in the chewing department, so chunks simply get passed down through his body for disposing out the back door.

Here’s a brief stool color chart:  

  • Brown or dark yellow = Vegetables and sugary fruits
  • Orange, bright yellow, yellowish brown = Breast milk, strained carrots, carrot juice, squash and certain antibiotics
  • Green = pureed peas, lentils, spinach and green beans

It’s useful to keep watching what’s going on in your baby’s diaper. If something really does look weird, don’t hesitate to call your doctor and take a diaper with a sample for “Show & Tell.”

Sandy and Marcie Jones are the authors of Great Expectations: Baby’s First Year and five other pregnancy and baby-care titles, available now at Barnes & Noble.

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    Rated 0 out of 5 by Good idea to watch for colours. It was scary at first, but I have been learning by trial and error as well. December 10, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by As my baby ahs recently started solids, I have had a lot of questions about what his BM should look like, and how to handle the changing BM with each food. Great advice here. December 1, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by This is great advice since I will be a new Mom. It's good to have an idea of what to expect. November 29, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by This makes me feel so much better. Changing diapers can be full of surprises and having some of those burning questions answered, is a huge sigh of relief. November 28, 2014
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