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the good poo guide

Tackle those sticky, smelly, sloppy nappy situations with the help of our baby poo-problem solving interactive guide.

When you become a parent, worrying about another person’s poo becomes the norm – and talking about poo is no longer taboo! Katy, writer of Girl In The North blog is one Mothercare mum who can benefit from our Good Poo Guide – doubly so as Katy is a new mum to adorable identical twin girls, Edie and Mabel.

Girl in the North's twins Mabel and Edie by Belle Art Photography

benefits of the good poo guide


Looking at both colour and consistency, the Mothercare Good Poo Guide is intended to make the murky business of baby poo clearer for confused or concerned parents like Katy, who used it to find the answers to her babies’ ‘rather potent problems’!

"Colour, consistency and constipation are all now regularly discussed at our breakfast table on an almost daily basis," says Katy in her latest blog post about those things we are not prepared for as new parents. "Have they gone too much?" she wonders, "Are they going enough? Did you hear that noise?"

Getting to the bottom of what a normal nappy's contents should look like is easy with the guide’s interactive colour wheel – which is basically like a paint chart for baby poo (definitely not recommended to go on the walls)! Simply click on the colour that’s the best match for information on if and when that’s normal for a baby. For example, there’s a natural and healthy difference in the colour and texture of breast-fed and formula-fed baby poo. However, some shades on the possible poo spectrum are a cause for concern, such as ruby red or chalky white.

what colour should be my baby's poo

keeping track of your baby’s poo colour


We also recommend keeping a close eye on consistency, no matter how unappealing a prospect that might seem! Very wet or hard poo can be a sign of illness and call for a trip to the doctors for your little one. Remember, healthy poo can be sloppy, sticky, stodgy, sweet-smelling or stinky – it’s about knowing what’s normal for your baby, considering their age and the stage of feeding that they’re at. However, poo that is slimy, or any straining from your baby, should be discussed with your GP or midwife.

A pee and poo diary is also a good idea for any concerned parent, making it easier to spot any out of the ordinary poo-problems that might present themselves. Having your baby’s nappy habits written down in black and white can also be useful for a medical professional, especially as those busy days with baby can quickly merge into one endless routine of feeding, cleaning and changing, making it hard to remember exactly what shade of brown, yellow or green their poo was last week!

Of course, the bodily functions of even the healthiest baby can test the reaction speed, stomach strength and sense of humour of any chief bottom-wiper and nappy-changer (aka mum and dad). Even more so if you’ve got twice the amount of poo to deal with, as a parent of twins. Katy shared one of her new baby poo-predicaments with Mothercare, remembering;

While we’ve got colour, consistency and constipation covered in our Good Poo Guide, unfortunately there are some sticky – and stinky - situations that we just can’t help you with, Katy!

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