Baby Poop 101: What's Normal, What's Not

Trying to decode what's normal -- or not -- in your baby's diaper? Check our our baby poop primer! (15 Photos)

By Jennifer L.W. Fink on Nov 1, 2013 at 6:10PM

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Baby Poop 101: What's Normal, What's Not

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What it is: More dirty diapers than you can possibly imagine in one day
When: Early newborn period
What you need to know: Frequent pooping is 100 percent normal. Some babies, especially breastfed newborns, "squirt every time they eat," says Dr. Jana. That's because babies, like adults, have a gastrocolic reflex. Simply put, it means that the act of eating triggers intestinal activity, which triggers the need to poop. But don't worry: As babies get older, they're better able to hold their poop, so you won't be changing 14 poopy diapers a day forever. Things will slow down around month two.

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