How to Help Baby Poop

Before having a baby, you probably never imagined you’d wish for a dirty diaper. But a poop can provide sweet relief for an uncomfortable baby and a worried parent.

There are a few common reasons why a baby is not pooping: Dehydration, eating starchy foods like bananas, a time shift due to traveling, or occasionally an allergy or intolerance.

Luckily, many at-home remedies to help baby poop are simple, effective, and recommended by pediatricians—but it’s best to use them only occasionally. If it’s a persistent problem, it’s something you should see a Dr about.

Here are some ideas on how to get a newborn to poop:

  • Bicycle Legs: Peddling an infant’s legs to and from his chest, as if he was riding a bicycle, can be a gentle way to stimulate your child’s digestive system, Swanson says. Older babies generally don’t need this trick, since crawling, climbing, and pulling up to stand help keep things moving.
  • Warm Bath. The warmth and stimulation of the water can relax muscles and help baby poop.
  • Water or Juice. Constipation can be a sign of dehydration. If baby has started eating solids, offering a few ounces of water or pear juice may help move things along. Constipation may also be a sign baby needs to nurse more or be offered a bottle more regularly. If you’re at all concerned, talk to your pediatrician.
  • Glycerin Suppositories. Another occasional-use tool. Glycerin suppositories can be helpful for constipation. Ask your doctor first, especially if baby is younger than a year.
  • The Four Ps: Prunes, Plums, Peaches, and Pears. These four fruits are a great natural way to help baby poop. If baby has started solids, add a serving or two into your child’s daily diet to keep things moving.
  • Veggies. The high-fiber content in vegetables makes them all-stars when it comes to dealing with constipation.
  • Whole Grains. When planning baby’s meals, try incorporating some whole grains: Brown rice, whole-wheat pasta, and multigrain cereals or bread maximize bran intake, which can help soften stool and make it easier for baby to poop.

Types of Baby Poop

While it’s normal to get a teeny bit less obsessive over every single diaper change as baby grows, it’s still important to keep an eye out for potential problems and warning signs. While some odd consistencies may have a simple explanation (hello, raisins!), others may need to be discussed with your doctor.

Here are some types of baby poop to watch out for:


In infancy, loose stools can be a sign of an allergy, either to the milk proteins in formula or, if you’re breastfeeding, to something you ate. As baby gets older, watery stools may be a sign of teething (baby is swallowing more saliva, leading to runnier poop), but could also be a sign of a stomach bug.

In that case, keeping your child hydrated with plenty of water or milk is essential. If the diarrhea is accompanied by a fever, or baby is younger than 3 months old, it’s a good idea to call your pediatrician.

Blood in Baby Stool

While a few flecks can be normal, anything more than that should be brought to your pediatrician’s attention. Blood in the stool could be caused by constipation, infection, injury or allergy, so going to the doctor is essential.

Mucus in Baby Stool

A common sign of teething or a cold, occasional mucus is no big deal. However, if you notice it frequently or in large amounts, it could be a sign of a GI tract issue and should be discussed with your pediatrician.

Stringy Baby Poop

A cousin to mucus, stringy baby poop could be a sign of a cold or teething, or just the result of something baby has been eating. If it shows up frequently in baby’s diaper, it’s a good idea to call your pediatrician.

Foamy Baby Poop

In a breastfed infant, foamy stool may be a sign that baby is getting too much foremilk. For an easy solution, try completing a feeding on just one breast. In a formula-fed baby, frothy baby poop could indicate an infection or allergy.

Pebble-Like Stool

This is a classic sign of constipation or withholding stool in older babies. Try some home constipation cures and go to the doctor if baby doesn’t poop within the next 24 hours.

Doctors agree that if you see anything unusual, spot a baby poop problem accompanied by a high fever or if baby is crying inconsolably, you should call the doctor, who can help guide you through possible causes and next steps.

And don’t be shy about bagging the diaper for your doctor’s inspection, Dr’s see this all the time so they are ok with and it often it’s the best and quickest way to find what the issue may be.

New mums have you learnt something new here?

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6 thoughts on “How to Help Baby Poop

  1. mathibamichelle12 says:

    I have a 3 month baby, It’s been struggle, what helps me with this problem is massaging his stomach, and the bicycle trick works as well

  2. chantal-6165 says:

    As a new mum my worries has always been about my sons poo. my son use to poo twice a day. he had a huge intake of green leafy veg, he loves spinach and anything thing green, and since taking him off from that diet the poo has never been the same. I have to wait for every second day now he doesn’t want any help from me as he runs up and down and clenches to the cupboards . his poo is always pasty green or orange in colour .