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No one wants to deal with baby poop, but once you become a parent, you deal with it every day, multiple times a day. There is a joke in the parenting community that no parents meet up, or parties with new parents is complete without at least one of them bringing the topic of poop up and discussing it. But all jokes apart, the baby poop's green color, consistency, and texture tell you a lot about their health. This article will discuss baby poop color charts and what the color says about your baby's health.

Baby Poop Color Chart

To help you quickly understand what your baby's poop color means, and to give you a reference before you reach about each of them in detail, here is your quick reference newborn poop chart:

The Shades Of Your Baby's Poop

Dark Green To Blackish

Meconium, of the first poop of the baby, is dark green and blackish in color

Mustard Yellow

Normal baby poop color in exclusively breastfed babies.

Tan and Dark yellow

Normal baby poop color in formula-fed or combined fed babies.


It can be a sign of infection. Read our article about Green Poop In Infants

Brown or Orange

Normal baby poop color after they start solids.


Indicates blood in the poop.


Dried blood in poop or constipation. Read about How To Relieve Constipation In Babies


Lever infection and lack of bile.

Baby Poop Color and It Says About Your Baby's Health

Let us understand each color of baby poop and what it says about your child's health in detail here:

1 ▪ Dark Green – The meconium, or your baby's first poop, is formed due to swallowing all the amniotic fluid while in the womb. Sometimes babies pass the meconium while still inside. But if they still have not, the baby poop green color would be dark green the first few times. This is nothing to be worried about.

2 ▪ Mustard Yellow – An exclusively breastfed baby would have a baby poop color of mustard yellow. The poop contains a yellow and white grain-like substance and has a sweet smell.

3 ▪ Tan or Dark Brown – If your baby is on iron-fortified formula, the baby poop color would be tan or dark brown. The poop will have a bit of an unpleasant smell compared to breastfed babies and will be thicker in consistency.

4 ▪ Brown or Orange – Like adult poop, once your baby starts solid food, the poop would be brown and orangish in color and have an unpleasant smell.

5 ▪ Green – Green, watery poop with mucus can indicate infection. If your baby has passed the meconium, green poop signals a health concern; you should immediately speak to your baby's doctor.

6 ▪ Red – If the baby poop color is red, there can be two reasons. Either your baby has swallowed blood from your bleeding nipples, or it indicates an infection in the intestines or stomach, or it can mean that the baby has constipation and difficulty passing the poop. In this case, you should talk to your doctor and start the medical treatment.

7 ▪ Black – If your baby is pooping less often than this frequency, this can indicate that they have constipation, and the poop can be black.

8 ▪ White – White baby poop color is a serious concern. The color in poop is formed due to bile in the level. White poop means your baby's liver is not producing bile. In this case, you should immediately see your pediatrician.

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Baby Poop Texture

Newborn baby poop color can tell you a lot about their gut health, but the texture of the poop is also equally important. So, frequency, color, and texture must be considered. Here is what baby poop texture should ideally be like:

1. The very initial poop of your baby, meconium, has a tar-like texture. However, the baby will pass all the meconium within a few days, and the texture will change to normal baby poop.
2. A breastfed baby has a lose thinner poop with mustard and a whitish seed-like substance.
3. A formula-feed baby will have a greenish and firmer poop. This is because of the iron content present in formula milk.
4. When babies start solid food, initially, they will have undigested pieces of solid food in the food, and the color will depend on what they eat. But eventually, they have thick brown poop, just like adults. At this stage, their poop will start to smell like adult poop does.

What Can It Mean If Your Baby Doesn't Poop

If your baby is not pooping at the regular frequency, this can mean that they are constipated. In most cases, babies notice constipation only after they start solid food. But at times, even newborns experience constipation. If you feel that your baby has a firm stool, has pain or difficulty passing the poop, and is pooping less than once a day, you should see a doctor.

Also, let your doctor know if your baby is experiencing other symptoms such as vomiting, fever, lethargy, reduced feeding, or blood in the stool. You can also try some safe home remedies mentioned in our article about Relieving Constipation In Babies

Pooping Frequency of Your Baby

The pooping frequency of your baby will depend on whether they are exclusively breastfed or are on formula feed. Breastfed babies poop more frequently than formula-fed babies in the first few weeks. Until 6 weeks old, your baby will poop 2 – 6 times daily. After six weeks, you will notice a reduction in the frequency of the poop, as breastmilk is relatively easy to digest, and babies produce significantly less waste if they are exclusively on breast milk.

A formula-fed baby would poop less often. Starting from 2 – 3 poops daily to even one poop in 6 – 7 days is standard for a formula-fed baby. If you notice any abnormality in your baby's poop frequency, it is better to consult their pediatrician.

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When To Consult A Doctor

Standard colors, such as mustard, brown, green, etc., are nothing to be worried about. But if your newborn baby's poop color is red, black, or white or has blood or mucus, you must see a doctor. Also, if your baby has not pooped for more than seven days, consult their pediatrician. Baby poop's green color is one way to determine your baby's health. But it does not indicate your baby's good or bad health.

As a parent, you would understand your baby's patterns, distress, activity level, crying, and other health indicators. If you feel that anything is off and needs medical attention, talk to your baby's pediatrician. Happy parenting!

In Conclusions:

In conclusion, understanding the color of your baby's poop is essential for monitoring their health and digestion. Referencing a 3 months baby poop green color chart can provide insights into potential issues or indicate normal variations. The standard colors of baby poop include yellow or mustard-like for breastfed babies and yellow to brown for formula-fed babies. Green poop in babies can be expected during the transition period or influenced by diet, viral/bacterial infections, or the introduction of solid foods.

It is generally not a cause for concern unless accompanied by other worrisome symptoms. For newborns and 3-month-old babies, green poop can be a common occurrence due to the various factors mentioned above. However, if you have any concerns or notice significant changes in poop color and other symptoms, it's best to consult a healthcare professional for guidance.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

Certainly! Here are some frequently asked questions along with their answers regarding 3 months baby poop's green color and its meaning:

Q1: What is a baby poop color chart?

Ans: A baby poop color chart is a visual guide that helps parents understand the different colors of their baby's poop and what they might indicate about their health and digestion.

Q2: What are the usual colors of baby poop?

Ans: Normal colors of baby poop can vary depending on the baby's age and diet. In general, breastfed baby poop tends to be yellow or mustard-like in color, while formula-fed baby poop can range from yellow to brown. It's important to note that there can be variations within the normal range.

Q3: Why is my baby's poop green in color?

Ans: Green poop in babies can occur for various reasons, such as an imbalance of foremilk and hindmilk, certain foods in the mother's diet (for breastfed babies), or a viral or bacterial infection. In most cases, green poop is not a cause for concern, but if it persists or is accompanied by other symptoms, it's best to consult a healthcare professional.

Q4: What does it mean if my newborn baby's poop is green?

Ans: In newborns, green poop can be expected during the transition from meconium (the first stool) to regular bowel movements. It can also be influenced by the mother's diet (if breastfed) or the formula used (if formula-fed). However, if your newborn's poop remains consistently green or is accompanied by other worrisome symptoms, it's advisable to seek medical advice.

Q5: Why is my 3-month-old baby's poop green in color?

Ans: At three months of age, it is normal for babies' poop to vary in color. Green poop in a 3-month-old baby can be due to a higher intake of green-colored foods, a faster digestive transit time, or the introduction of solid foods. As long as your baby is otherwise healthy and gaining weight, green poop is not a cause for concern.

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