Once your baby starts solids, diaper changes can get downright weird. Find out what’s normal (and what’s not).
A baby’s leavings are always a little but different every time, and once baby graduates to solids, finger foods and then cow’s milk diapers can get even more surprising.
For beginning eaters, rice and grain cereals, bananas and applesauce can cause firmer and more formed stools, while pureed peas, peaches, pears, apricots, or plums and prunes may produce looser-than-normal stools.
Once your baby moves to the finger food stage, what comes out the other end could be a shock! Small chunks of fruits, pasta, tomatoes, and cooked vegetables, such as whole corn kernels, lentils, raisins, peas, or bits of pasta and other strange shapes are likely to show up. Nothing’s wrong. It’s just that your baby can’t chew very well and her digestive tract isn’t completely developed yet, but it will mature as she keeps eating and growing, leading to more adult-like stools as a toddler.
Here’s a brief stool color chart:
|Brown or dark yellow||Vegetables and sugary fruits|
|Orange, bright yellow, yellowish brown||Breastmilk, trained carrots, carrot juice, squash and certain antibiotics|
|Green||Pureed peas, lentils, spinach and green beans|
|Dark green or black||Iron supplements (if baby's not taking iron supplements, call a doctor)|