When You Start Solids, Those Other Solids Get a Lot More Interesting

Welcome to the Poop Pantone.

A BRAVE NEW WORLD OF POOP

Poop just got a whole lot more interesting.

As you introduce solid foods to your baby you will notice their stools change. They will become more solid, change in color, and have a much stronger odor. Green vegetables like spinach or peas may turn their stool green while beets may turn it a red hue. Undigested bits of food may also be present like the casing of peas or seeds in raspberries. All this is very normal.

You may also notice that your baby’s bowel movements become less regular, and they may even get a little constipated. This too is normal. To help ease sluggish elimination you can try increasing the amount of water in their purees or giving them a little water to drink- caution, babies should not drink water till about 6 months old, or until they start eating solids. Babies who are 6-12 months of age and eating solid foods can have between 2-4 ounces of water a day out of a cup or sippy cup. You do not want to replace breast milk or formula as their main source of nutrition. Pureed prunes can also help move things along.

Other things to consider to help keep things smooth!

AVOID HEAVILY PROCESSED FOODS

Many packaged products are processed to be on the shelf for years. Some have preservatives, additives. Heavy process- ing usually involves exposing foods to high temperatures for long periods which can denature water-soluble vitamins.

NUTRIENT DENSITY

Your baby’s brain and body needs a diet dense in a broad spectrum of vitamins and minerals to fuel proper growth. Just because a squeeze pouch touts spinach as an ingredient doesn’t necessarily mean there’s a lot of green stuff in there. Make a habit to read nutrition labels. A good rule is to eat the rainbow to ensure nutrient diversity.

THE POOP PANTONE

When it comes to your baby’s diaper, know what the colors mean and what to look out for.

Greenish black: Common for newborn’s first poop. When older, green poo can be from foods high in iron.

Yellow Brown: Common for formula-fed babies.

Mustard Yellow: Common for exclusively breastfed babies.

Greenish Brown: Common for babies transitioning to solids. May reflect foods they are eating.

Black Black: for older babies – not new- borns – may be a sign of something more serious.

White or Gray: Not normal, could be sign of a liver issue.

Red Poop: may appear more red after red foods, but blood in stools could be some constipation or something more serious.

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