Our fun fact for today is about Did you know that baby poop doesn’t start out smelly? That’s right! A baby’s first poop(s) are called meconium. Depending on how frequently your baby poops in the first few days of life, s/he may actually get all of the meconium out before you even leave the hospital. According to an article by WebMD,
“The black, tar-like stuff called meconium is made up of mucus, fluid from the womb, and anything else they digested while inside mom. But it doesn’t yet have the gut bacteria that make poop smelly. As soon as you start feeding a baby, bacteria will start colonizing their intestines. After a day or so, bowel movements become green, yellow, or brown — with that familiar odor.”
So fret not, parents! Meconium may be strange and icky, but at least it doesn’t smell! And, pro tip: putting some vaseline or other cream on your baby’s bum before putting on a clean diaper will make the meconium much easier to wipe off.
We’ll have another fun fact for you this Friday – have a great week!