As a new parent it’s surprising how often you find yourself talking about shit. While your own toilet habits remain a private affair your child’s are a hot topic, open to questioning and available for comparison! Because your baby’s bowel movements are a good indicator that all is well so what’s not surprising is that a sudden change can easily spark concern.
One thing I’ve learnt in my short time as a mum is that things change quickly. Here are the five phases of baby bowel movements that you can expect to encounter on your journey through parenthood:
1. The new born shit!
You gaze down at your new born baby and ask you self how could something so beautiful produce something so repulsive! But don’t panic, that dark sticky poop is normal. Its official name is meconium and the reason it’s so nasty is because it’s made up of mucus, amniotic fluid, and everything your baby digested inside the womb. I seem to recall a similar bowl movement after a girl’s weekend in Benidorm but that had nothing to do with mucus or amniotic fluid!
2. The breast fed shit!
If you opt to breast feed your child one thing is for certain you’ll never look at chip shop curry sauce the same way again. It’s runny, yellow appearance may be a little unsightly but on the plus side its odor isn’t usually that bad. Watch out for seeds! After convincing myself Rory had a life threatening stomach bug I quizzed my health visitor about the little white lumps which kept finding in his dirty nappies. I’ve been assured it’s just undigested milk. Although it’s nothing to worry about it does add to the curry sauce appearance!
3. The formula fed shit!
Formula is harder for babies to digest than breast milk; although the colour is similar the consistency is a little thicker. A little like the cheese spread you get in tubes. One big difference is the stink! I breastfed exclusively for the first month so when we made the switch to formula it was a slight shock to the nostrils!
4. The weaning shit!
Once your bubba reaches that six month mark you get the green light for solid food just make sure your ready for adult poo’s! I was surprised how quickly Rory’s poop firmed up. There’s days when I wonder how the hell he managed to part with such a large turd while wearing a nappy and sitting in his highchair (if your child is anything like mine this will turn out to be one of their favourite places to do their business). Oh and the smell! If you thought the formula stank was aggressive just wait until the day after they’ve tried scrambled eggs for the first time!
5. The teething shit!
Just as you were getting used to the adult poo’s your baby decides to start teething. Suddenly your right back in the centre of a shit cyclone, there’s baby wipes flying everywhere and you’ve had to re-mortgage your house just to afford pampers! Keep an eye out for nappy rash. Although it may not seem like a common symptom of teething, your baby is producing more saliva which increases their stomach acid causing their urine to be more acidic. If you’re looking for a good nappy rash cream I highly recommend Metanium.
Poop is never pleasant but just be thankful your not ready for the next phase yet…potty training!
If at any point you are concerned about your child’s health, please consult your midwife, HV or GP. Better safe than sorry!