Baby Poop Chart: What's Normal & What Ain't (With Pictures!) (2022)

What does breastfed baby poop look like? What about formula poop? And what’s up with green baby poop? Take a look at these pictures to find out what baby’s poop says about his health.

We’ve talked about how to poopwhen it comes to adults—and what your poop says about your health. But what about newborn baby poop?

To understand what’s going on with your baby’s poop, we’ll talk aboutcolor, texture, and frequency.

On this page…
  • Baby Poop Color Chart
  • Texture
  • Frequency
  • Newborn baby poop smell
  • Download my exclusive Baby Poop Cheat Sheet

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Baby PoopColor Chart

Similar to adults, your baby’s poop color, form, and texture is a greatway to understand what’s going on in his or herdigestive tract from top to bottom.

Greeny black

This dark, tarry poop is called meconium. It consists of amniotic fluid, secretions of the intestinal glands, bile pigments, fatty acids, and intrauterine debris. Here’s more information on green poop.

baby poop color green black

Mustard Yellow

If you are exclusively breastfeeding, and your baby’s poop is bright or mustard yellow (and sometimes a slight orangish), congratulations, your baby poop is normal.

baby poop color mustard yellow

Tan

If your baby is on formula, and their baby poop is tan and slightly solid (think a thin peanut sauce),then it’s normal.

baby poop color tan

Lime Green

This baby poop color usually means there is some digestive distress. One reason for green poop is a foremilk/hindmilk imbalance. That means baby is not getting enough of the rich creamy milk at the end of a feed and, consequently, getting too much of the liquidy foremilk that is higher in lactose and lower in fat. This usually happens if you have a fast letdown or oversupply. In most cases, it eventually normalizes. Making sure baby finishes one side before offering the other can help fix this problem.

baby poop color lime green

Another reason for a foremilk/hindmilk imbalance is if baby has a bad latch. If so, baby may havea hard time getting the thick creamy hindmilk out of your breast. See alactation consultant if you think this may bethe case.

Lime Green poop can also be a sign of a stomach bug. If this is the case, baby’s poop may be frothy and/or mucusy as well.

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Another possible reason that your breastfed baby’s poop is green is sensitivity to something you are eating (most likely dairy). An elimination diet is the best way to deal with this problem.

Finally, if baby has recently eaten spinach or kale, this is most likely the cause of his green poop.

Keep in mind, just one or two diapers with green poop isn’t a big deal. If your baby continues to pass green poop day after day, it’s worth investigating.

Forest Green

Dark green poop is a normal variation of poop from a baby who is taking an iron supplement. It can also be due to the transition from meconium to regular fecal matter.

baby poop color forest green

Brown

Baby poop will start to turn brown as he/she begins to eat more and more solids.

Boring, but totally normal and ideal.

baby poop color brown

White

Chalky white or gray poop can be a sign that baby is not digesting properly and that his liver is not producing enough bile. Call your pediatrician right away.

baby poop color white

Red

Red poop isn’t necessarily something serious. For example, this can happen after eating beets.

If baby’s poop is otherwise normal but contains flecks of red, it’s most likely caused by a dairy allergy. Eliminate dairy and see if it improves, though note it may take a few weeks to full leave baby’s system. Of course, check with the doctor as well.

If baby’s poop is hard and dry (a sign of constipation) and contains red streaks, it’s likely caused by small tears in the skin created by straining to poop.

If baby’s poop is thin and watery and has red streaks or her poop is a raspberry color that looks like congealed fat, it may signal a bacterial infection. Call your pediatrician right away.

baby poop color red

Black

After the first few days of meconium, a tarry black poop could signal bleeding. Call your pediatrician right away.

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However, if baby is breastfeeding and you have cracked and bleeding nipples, you may find little black flecks in baby’s otherwise normal poop. It’s a result of baby digesting a bit of your blood and isn’t harmful.

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Baby Poop: Texture

The texture of your baby or infant’s poop can say a lot about his/her health and wellness.

BreastfedBaby Poop

Baby Poop Texture – Breastfed Baby – Mama Natural

A breastfed baby’s normal poop will be loose and, at times, grainy or seedy. Those little “seeds” are undigested milk fattotally normal.

Formula fed baby poop

Baby Poop Texture – Formula Fed Baby – Mama Natural

A formula fed baby’s normal poop will be thicker than a breastfed baby’s, having the consistency of toothpaste or hummus.

Baby on solid food poop

Baby Poop Texture – Solid Food – Mama Natural

When baby starts eating solids, her poop’s texture will start to firm up but will still be mushy (like a glob of peanut butter) until she stops nursing.

Undigested food in baby’s poo

Baby Poop Texture – Undigested Food – Mama Natural

Baby poop with bits of undigested food in it is considered normal. However, if baby consistently has trouble digestinga certain food, you may want to hold back on offering it until baby is older.

Or, look into the best baby probiotics to help support your baby’s digestion and assimilation. (Click here to see my review of the best baby probiotics on the market.)

Also, if babyeats a lot of one kind of food (and itends up in the diaper), you may want to restrict the amount he eats at one time. Remember, if it’s coming out whole, heisn’t getting any nutrition from it anyway.

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Hard, dry babystool

Baby Poop Texture – Hard Dry – Mama Natural

If your baby is having hard, dry poops (like rabbit droppings) that are hard to pass, he or she isprobably constipated.

Breastfed babies don’t typically get constipated, since breastmilk has the perfect balance of fat and protein. If baby is formula fed and not eating solids yet, you should talk to your pediatrician—they may suggest natural constipation remedies or even switching formulas. (Here are some healthy formulas!)

Beginning solids may bring on constipation. Don’tintroduce solids until at least 6 months, and make baby isshowing signs of readinessbefore you do. Baby’s digestive tract needs time to adjust to what he’s eating. Back off on the solid foods and breastfeed on demand. To learn more about other causes of constipation, check out this post.

Baby or newborn diarrhea

Baby Poop Texture – Diarrhea – Mama Natural

Alternately, if baby is suddenly passing especially loose stools, you may be looking at diarrhea. This may be caused by a viral infection like RSV. Call your pediatrician, who can run tests to rule out bacterial infection.

If baby is already eating solids, put him on a BRAB diet (a variation of the BRAT diet):

  • Bananas
  • Rice
  • Apples/apple sauce
  • Breastmilk

Bananas, rice, and appleshave qualities like tannins that can help firm up stool; breastmilk is great at balancing yourbaby’s diet and healing the gut.

You can also look into baby probiotics, which can normalize baby’s stool.

Frothy or mucousy baby poop

Baby Poop Texture – Frothy Mucous – Mama Natural

Baby poop that is frothy or especially mucousy can signifythat something isn’t quite right. It could bethe foremilk/hindmilk imbalance that we talked about earlier, or it could be a bacterial infection.

On the other hand, sometimes mucousy poop is just the product of a teething baby who is drooling more (and swallowing that drool). If you are concerned, or baby is showing signs of illness, talk to your pediatrician.

Red or bloody baby or newborn poop

Baby Poop Texture – Red Bloody – Mama Natural

Blood in baby stool is a scary sight to see. But, do remember that red baby poop could be caused by something she ate like beets or tomatoes.

If their diet is only breastmilk or they haven’t had red foods lately, you’ll definitely want to call your baby’s doctor. We talked about other reasons for red poop above (from dairy allergy to constipation), but it’s always best to talk to your healthcare provider.

Baby Poop: Frequency

How often shouldbreastfed babies poop?

If baby isn’t uncomfortable or fussy, there’s probably nothing to worry about.

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Your breastfed baby should have four or more good sized poops a day for the first 6-8 weeks. After two months of age, anything from daily poops to once a week poops is considerednormal. This is because breastmilk is so well absorbed and there’s very little waste leftover.

Having said that, I was always grateful that my babies went daily!

How often shouldformula fed babies poop?

Because formula is denser and less absorbable than breastmilk, a formula fed baby’s range of normal is 1-4 times a day.

And keep in mindthatfrequency isn’t a sign of constipation, texture is.

Newborn Baby Poop Smell…

Breastfed baby poop typically smells sweet.

Some mom’s have noticed that baby’s poop has a slightly vinegary smell that occurs just before a tooth pops through. I think it smellslike yogurt!

Formula fed baby poop tends to smell stronger.

Foul-smelling poop could be a sign that something isn’t quite right, but usually it’s just a sign that baby has started eating solids (lucky you!).

Again, if the smell is extremely foul, consider doinga stool test to rule out any other potential issues.

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FAQs

What does abnormal baby poop look like? ›

You may need to worry about your baby's poop when it is abnormal: Consistency: Watery or very hard (normal stool is semi-solid). Color: A blackish stool or greenish stool or reddish stool with or without mucous (normal stool is yellowish). Quantity: Too much or too little.

What does normal poop look like in babies? ›

Breastfed baby poop is considered normal when it's a mustard yellow, green or brown color. It is typically seedy and pasty in texture and may be runny enough to resemble diarrhea. Healthy breastfed stools will smell sweet (unlike regular bowel-movement odor).

What baby poop should I be worried about? ›

Call your doctor if you notice: Normal poop tinged with red blood, which is often a sign of a cow's milk allergy. Constipated poop with a hint of red blood, likely a result of tears in the anus or hemorrhoids. Diarrhea mixed with red blood, which can signal a bacterial infection.

What does lactose intolerant baby poop look like? ›

Loose stools

Sometimes your child might pass loose, watery, yellow and green coloured stools after two hours of consuming milk or any other dairy product. This could be a sign of lactose intolerance in the baby.

What baby poop is not normal? ›

Breastfed baby poop usually looks like fancy mustard: yellow, seedy, or curdy. Formula poop tends to resemble beat-up flan or pudding. Excessively hard poop can indicate constipation, while overly soft or watery poop could point to diarrhea.

How do you know when a baby is dehydrated? ›

These are some signs of dehydration to watch for in children:
  1. Dry tongue and dry lips.
  2. No tears when crying.
  3. Fewer than six wet diapers per day (for infants), and no wet diapers or urination for eight hours (in toddlers).
  4. Sunken soft spot on infant's head.
  5. Sunken eyes.
  6. Dry and wrinkled skin.
  7. Deep, rapid breathing.
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How do I know if my baby has digestive problems? ›

The following symptoms may indicate the baby is having gastrointestinal problems: Vomiting: Spitting up and dribbling milk with burps or after feedings is fairly common in newborns. This is because the sphincter muscle between the stomach and the esophagus (the tube from the mouth to stomach) is weak and immature.

How do you know if a baby has diarrhea? ›

Suspect diarrhea if the stools suddenly increase in number or looseness. If it lasts for 3 or more stools, the baby has diarrhea. If the stools contain mucus, blood, or smells bad, this points to diarrhea. Other clues to diarrhea are poor eating, acting sick or a fever.

What does baby diarrhea look like formula fed? ›

It may be more watery than expected. Babies who are fed formula will poop let frequently and that poop will have a smoother consistency and a darker color. Diarrhea can be recognized due to its high volume and extreme watery look. It will resemble water more than poop.

Why is my baby's poop yellow and seedy? ›

This is a normal color of poop from a baby who drinks breast milk. Their poop tends to be dark yellow, and it may have small flecks in it. These flecks come from breast milk and are harmless. People often describe this poop as “seedy.” The so-called seeds may resemble curds in cottage cheese, but they are yellow.

How many times a day should a baby poop? ›

Many newborns have at least 1 or 2 bowel movements a day. By the end of the first week, your baby may have as many as 5 to 10 a day. Your baby may pass a stool after each feeding. The number of bowel movements may go down as your baby eats more and matures during that first month.

What does milk protein allergy poop look like? ›

If your little one is sensitive to milk proteins, you may see diarrhea — even bloody diarrhea — and mucus in the stool. Your baby may also experience a rash, eczema, abdominal pain, or vomiting. Symptoms of this intolerance tend to develop within the first week of exposure.

What does allergy poop look like? ›

If you see red in the diaper or the stool looks black, always let the doctor know. These stools can be a sign of a food allergy. It may be normal to spot mucus, which looks like what comes out of your nose and is sticky. A lot of mucus in the diaper for an extended period, it can signal a food allergy.

What does dairy intolerance poop look like? ›

Without lactase, the body can't properly digest food that has lactose in it. This means that if you eat dairy foods, the lactose from these foods will pass into your intestine, which can lead to gas, cramps, a bloated feeling, and diarrhea (say: dye-uh-REE-uh), which is loose, watery poop.

What does formula poop look like? ›

And depending on whether you're breastfeeding, formula feeding or combination feeding, the stools will likely look different. Breastfed baby poop is often yellow, seedy and runny, while a formula-fed baby's poop may be darker and thicker.

How can I hydrate my baby fast? ›

Offer a bottle or breastfeed frequently, especially if your baby isn't taking in very much at each feeding. Wait on other drinks. Do not give your baby an oral rehydration fluid (e.g., Pedialyte), water, juice, or soda for illness, vomiting, or diarrhea without talking to your doctor first.

What does dehydrated baby poop look like? ›

Also check what your baby's poop looks like. Very watery or explosive poops might mean your baby has diarrhea and is losing water. Dry, hard poops might mean your baby is a bit dehydrated. Both kinds of poops mean it's time to give your little one an extra feed or more.

What if the baby too warm or too cold what should you do? ›

If your baby feels overheated, start to remove layers gradually and dab some cool water on the skin. (If your baby is older than 6 months, then you can also offer sips of water.) If his condition does not improve rapidly, call your pediatrician. When babies are too cold, they can become less responsive.

How do I know if baby is lactose intolerant? ›

Diarrhoea can be a symptom of lactose intolerance in babies.
  1. pain and swelling in the tummy.
  2. failure to settle at feeding times, coming on and off the breast.
  3. failure to gain weight.
  4. diarrhoea.
  5. bulky, frothy and watery faeces.
  6. red bottom with skin worn away in places.
  7. passing wind and crying when passing faeces.
  8. irritability.

How do you know if your child has bowel problems? ›

Bowel movements that are hard, dry and difficult to pass. Pain while having a bowel movement. Stomach pain. Traces of liquid or pasty stool in your child's underwear — a sign that stool is backed up in the rectum.

How do I know if my baby is sensitive to dairy? ›

Symptoms of cows' milk allergy

skin reactions – such as a red itchy rash or swelling of the lips, face and around the eyes. digestive problems – such as stomach ache, vomiting, colic, diarrhoea or constipation. hay fever-like symptoms – such as a runny or blocked nose. eczema that does not improve with treatment.

Why does my baby have yellow diarrhea? ›

It's typical to see bright yellow poop in breastfed or chestfed (and sometimes formula-fed) babies. Bright yellow poop that's much more frequent than usual and extremely runny, though, could be diarrhea. Diarrhea can increase the risk for dehydration.

Why is my baby's poop yellow and watery? ›

Baby poop is much softer than that of adults, and it can often be softer than usual. However, if it turns yellow and watery, and occurs in large amounts and more frequently, it might be diarrhea. Causes of diarrhea in babies include infections, food allergies, and food poisoning.

Is watery baby poop normal? ›

It's normal for newborns to pass frequent watery stools. Newborn intestines do not absorb food very well, and much of it is excreted into the stool. After the first few months, absorption improves, resulting in thicker, less frequent stools.

How do I know if baby has diarrhea? ›

Suspect diarrhea if the stools suddenly increase in number or looseness. If it lasts for 3 or more stools, the baby has diarrhea. If the stools contain mucus, blood, or smells bad, this points to diarrhea. Other clues to diarrhea are poor eating, acting sick or a fever.

When should I worry about breastfed baby poop? ›

Usually, as long as your baby is having frequent bowel movements and their stool is soft, the smell isn't a concern. Let your pediatrician know if you notice loose, green stools, or a smell you're worried about. Your baby may have an allergy or intolerance to something in your diet.

What does baby diarrhea look like formula fed? ›

It may be more watery than expected. Babies who are fed formula will poop let frequently and that poop will have a smoother consistency and a darker color. Diarrhea can be recognized due to its high volume and extreme watery look. It will resemble water more than poop.

What does Mucousy baby poop look like? ›

When your baby's poop contains mucus, you'll probably notice that the inside of their diaper looks slimy. The poop tends to be a greenish color, with shiny strings streaking through it. The mucus may look jelly-like, rather than string-like.

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