Worrying about how often your baby should poo? Read our helpful advice.
One of the first questions many parents ask is "how often should my baby poo?" You may be asking this because you are amazed at the frequency - or lack thereof - of your baby's bowel movements. The simple fact is some babies poo several times a day, at or around every feed, while some babies can go several days without pooing once. Both are normal - it depends on the baby.
Newborn babies tend to go more often than older babies, averaging about 12 changes in a 24 hour period. For this reason, it is often a good idea to invest in a Nappy Disposal System.
There are some differences between breastfed and bottle fed babies. Breastfed babies can go for long periods without a bowel movement, while bottle fed babies have a tendency to go every day as formula is harder for baby to digest. You should also be aware that it is normal for babies to strain and cry when passing poo. This does not mean that baby is constipated. As long as the poo is soft, everything is fine.
For more information, you may want to read our baby poo guide, which includes information on what is normal and what isn't when it comes to baby poo. This is available on www.tommeetippee.co.uk
How to Change a Nappy
If, like many new parents, you are unsure as to how to change a nappy, our guide can help. It is very important to change your baby's nappy as often as required as failure to do so can cause nappy rash and other conditions. The step by step guide includes information about everything from what equipment you will need, through to nappy disposal.
If you want to avoid leaks, lop sided nappies and other common mistakes, get some practice in today. Before you learn how to change a nappy, you need to make sure you have everything you need.
You will need the following items:
- A good supply of clean nappies
- Changing mat or towel
- Baby wipes or cotton wool and warm water
- Barrier cream (optional)
- A plastic bag or some form of nappy disposal
- A spare set of baby clothes - just in case
Once you have all of the above, wash your hands thoroughly and you're ready to get started.
- Lie baby on their back on a changing mat or towel (be careful not to leave baby on a high surface), unfasten the nappy tabs and use the nappy to wipe away as much poo as possible.
- Lift baby's legs by holding the ankles and remove the dirty nappy.
- Fold the dirty nappy in half (unsoiled side up) and place it out of reach carefully.
- Use warm water and cotton wool or baby wipes to clean baby's nappy area.
- Remember to wipe front to back with girls and to clean boys' testicles and penis thoroughly. This helps to prevent infection.
- Dry the area if required before lifting baby's legs and placing a clean nappy underneath - the half with the tabs should go under your baby's bottom, while the absorbent side should come up between baby's legs. At this point you may want to use a baby barrier cream to prevent nappy rash.
- Fasten the nappy using the sticky tabs and adjust so it is a snug fit but the nappy should not be so tight as to pinch baby's skin.
In time, you will be a nappy changing machine and the only hard part will be disposing of all the dirty nappies.
We recommend using a Nappy Disposal System. Tommee Tippee Sangenic Tec Nappy Disposal Bin Twists and wraps each nappy to lock in odour Anti-bacterial film kills 99% of germs on contact and offers unbeatable odour protection 100 times more effective at odour protection than nappy sacks.