The rainbow of baby poop

It’s a bit of a joke that as a parent you will see every color of poop in a diaper. With that said, it can be concerning if you don’t know the cause of such colors and if they’re normal or if you should call the doc. I hope this list can help you distinguish what is regular and what is not.

Red: Either ate red beets and all is well or has blood in the stool in which case you should call the doc.

Orange: Totally normal color for baby and toddler poop.

Yellow: Also a very normal color. Breastfed poop will generally look like seedy mustard.

Green: Pretty normal poop color. A breastfed baby could be getting a foremilk/hindmilk imbalance. You can read more about that at Nothing to worry about.

Blue: Your baby probably ate a handful of blueberries. (Their pee is probably neon too and they might be bouncing off the walls)

Purple: Pretty rare to have purple poo, but it has been reported after having eaten bananas.

Brown: Congratulations, your baby is eating solids. As we all know, brown is a very normal color of poo.

Black: A newborn’s poop is called meconium and is black and tarry. You should expect this kind of poop for the first few days of you baby’s life. If your baby is past this phase and has a black and tarry poop, there could be a problem and you should call the doc.

Iron fortified formula or iron supplements can also cause a baby’s poop to be black-ish. As long as your baby isn’t constipated from the iron, this shouldn’t be an issue.

White: Could indicate a liver issue or be a tint from drinking cow’s milk. Good time to call the doc.



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3 responses to “The rainbow of baby poop

  1. fobmama

    LMAO! Yes, the Chabots have seen their rainbow of poo colors. Although no experience in the color white yet!

  2. G-Pa

    I’m sorry for what I am about to do Laura. But your Poopie list is incomplete. See the following..
    Bathroom Humor at its finest:
    Ghost Poopie
    The kind where you feel the poopie come out, but there is no poopie in the toilet.
    Clean Poopie
    The kind where you poopie it out, see it in the toilet, but there is nothing on the toilet paper.
    Wet Poopie
    The kind where you wipe your butt 50 times and it still feels unwiped, so you have to put some toilet paper between your butt and underwear so you won’t ruin them with a stain.
    Second Wave Poopie
    This happens when you’re done Poopie-ing and you’ve pulled up your pants to your knees, and you realize that you have to Poopie some more.
    The kind where you strain so much to get it out, you practically have a stroke.
    Gassy Poopie
    It’s so noisy, everyone within earshot is laughing.
    Drinker Poopie
    The kind of Poopie you have the morning after a long night of drinking. Its most noticeable trait is the skid marks on the bottom of the toilet.
    Lincoln Log Poopie
    The kind of Poopie that is so huge you’re afraid to flush without first breaking it into little pieces with the toilet brush.
    Corn Poopie
    Gee-I-Wish-I-Could-Poopie Poopie
    The kind where you want to Poopie but all you do is sit on the toilet and fart a few times.
    Spinal Tap Poopie
    That’s where it hurts so badly coming out, you would swear it was leaving you sideways.
    Wet Cheeks Poopie (The Power Dump)
    The kind that comes out of your butt so fast, your butt gets splashed with water.
    Liquid Poopie
    The kind where yellowish-brown liquid shoots out your butt and splashes all over the toilet bowl.
    Mexican Poopie
    It smells so bad your nose burns.
    The Surprise Poopie
    You’re not even at the toilet because you are sure you’re about to fart, but oops…….a Poopie!!!
    The Dangling Poopie
    This Poopie refuses to drop into the toilet even though you know you are done Poopie-ing it. You just pray that a shake or two will cut it loose.

  3. Oh my god… I can’t believe you posted that. Poop doesn’t usually gross me out. I mean, I wipe two baby’s butts every day and my own so I’ve certainly seen it all, but this is really quite disgusting.
    But I love you and I guess I started it so… thanks for grossing me out :)