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 baby bowel movements. The simple fact is some babies poo several times a day, at our 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 Wrapper System.

Be advised that 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 (view our breastfeeding advice for more info).

You should also be aware that it is normal for babies to strain and cry when passing a 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.

To learn more about nappy changing, view our how to change a nappy guide.