Read our good poo guide to find out what’s in a nappy.
The greenish-black stuff in his nappy in the early days isn’t poo, it’s meconium – a substance in an unborn baby’s intestines. Talk to your midwife if he doesn’t pass any in his first nappies.
A breastfed baby
His stools will go from a greeny-brown colour early on to an orangey-yellow shade if he’s only being breastfed. Breastfed babies may poo frequently or only every one or two days.
A bottlefed baby
These are bulkier than a breastfed baby’s poos. Bottlefed babies normally need to pass a stool each day. If he goes for a few days without, he could be constipated so speak to your health visitor.
A newly weaned baby
He’ll have stronger smelling, bulkier and less frequent stools. If he strains and his poos are dry, offer him more water.