A newborn should have about six to eight wet diapers a day. They will have even more poopy diapers, but it varies from baby to baby.
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A newborn baby will have their first poop (a sticky, greenish-black substance called meconium) within the first few days of life. After that, they’ll have several soft or liquid stools every day for the next 6 to 8 weeks. By the time they’re 4 to 6 months old, most babies will have 1 or 2 soft or liquid stools a day.
The Normal Amount of Poop for a Newborn
A newborn baby will have their first stool (poop) within the first 24 hours after birth. After that, they’ll typically poop 1-5 times per day. The stools will be soft and runny.
Some babies may poop after every feeding, while others may only poop once a day or even once every few days. This is normal as long as the stools are soft and runny.
breastfed babies may go longer between poops because breast milk is more easily digested than formula.
Why Newborns Have So Much Poop
Many newborns have at least one or two meconium stools per day. Meconium is a thick, sticky, black stool that is made up of everything that your baby ingested while he or she was in the womb (meconium means “of the womb”). Meconium is sterile, so it doesn’t usually contain any harmful bacteria.
After a few days, your baby’s stool will change to a yellow-green color and will be more watery, soft, and seedy. Newborn stools should be soft enough to be squished between your fingers.
Most babies will have at least 3 stools per day, but some may have up to 10 (this is normal, too!). As your baby starts eating solid foods, his or her stool patterns will change again.
When to Be Concerned About a Newborn’s Poop
Most newborns have between meconium bowel movements in the first 24 hours after birth. Meconium is a thick, black, sticky substance that coats the inside of your baby’s intestines before birth. It’s made up of amniotic fluid, mucus, skin cells, and other things that he ingested while he was in your womb.
After the first day or two, your baby will start having yellow- or green-colored stools. The color will depend on what he’s eating (breast milk or formula), how often he’s eating, and how well his digestive system is able to process what he’s ingesting.
You should start seeing at least four to five wet diapers (urine) a day by day three or four, and your baby should have at least two to three yellowish-brown stools (poop) per day by day four or five. If you’re concerned about your newborn’s stool color or frequency, talk to his pediatrician.
How to Help a Newborn with Poop
There’s no need to worry if your newborn has poopy diapers. In fact, it’s a good sign that baby is getting enough to eat and is digesting well. Here are a few things you can do to help a newborn with poop:
-Change diapers frequently. Newborns tend to poop after every feeding, so be prepared to change a lot of diapers!
-Use soft, hypoallergenic wipes. Newborns have sensitive skin, so it’s important to use wipes that won’t irritate them.
-Apply a gentle diaper rash cream. If your baby starts to get a diaper rash, apply a gentle cream to help soothe their skin.
-Give your baby plenty of “tummy time.” Tummy time helps babies build up the muscles in their stomach and can help relieve gas pains.
-Check for food allergies. If you think your baby may be reacting to something they’re eating, talk to their doctor about doing an allergy test.