How to Help My Baby Poop When Constipated: 12 Profitable Choices to Choose from!

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Date July 12th, 2021

Produced by Marilyn Smith -The #1 Midwife

Hello Mamas -to -be! What a timely topic I have for you today. Not having your baby poop ain’t no joke! It is serious business right? Yea I know. Been there done that!

This article will explore several factors to help your baby to poop when constipated:

  • What foods make baby poop ?
  • What foods make baby poop and which foods don’t?
  • How can I get my baby to poop?
  • More ways to help my baby poop easier?
  • How often should newborns poop?

It’s every mamas concern!!!!

Every mom on this earth who is caring for a baby is always concerned that their little star’s bowels are working well enough for their baby to have no discomfort in their bowel movements. I remember going through this as a new mom and it was torture as I watched my baby wiggling, grunting, to get a release, then hysterically crying and looking to me for help! Can any of you relate?

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1. What foods make baby poop?

It is important to note that what we eat has a lot to do with how often we go to the bathroom. Here are some foods that are naturally bound to help your child to have a safe pass.


A great way to pack some natural goodness into your little star. Fresh spinach is normally saved for our own salads, but newborns should also be included to the greens party. Spinach is high in fiber and vitamins, which help your baby’s excrement flow more easily. Make a fruit smoothie with some fresh spinach for both of you! Delicious!

Peas – Peas are frequently one of the first foods offered to a newborn who is just starting solid foods. If your baby requires assistance with pooping, this is fantastic news. Peas are high in soluble and insoluble fiber, which helps keep your baby’s stool soft and moving. This allows you to pass more easily without having to struggle.

Ripe pears – Nothing compares to the taste of a ripe, juicy pear. This seasonal delight will help ease and perhaps prevent constipation in your infant. Pears are high in fiber and one of the first foods that youngsters can try. They can be cooked, but they’re tender enough to eat raw. Without teeth, your baby can securely chew on little bits of ripe pear.

Delicious broccoli- Now is the best time to introduce broccoli to your infant. Chances are, if children are introduced to these foods while they are young, the chances of them loving it when they are older ranks higher  Broccoli is high in fiber and high in vitamins. Cooked broccoli can be blended in a food processor, or small, bite-sized pieces of soft, cooked broccoli can be served. 

Apples – Constipation can be avoided with an apple a day! Apples are abundant in fiber and can help attract water into your baby’s colon (particularly if the skin is left on). This keeps the stool soft and easy to pass for the baby. To help things get back on track, serve small slices of cooked apple or pour some apple juice into a sippy cup. Apples are an excellent first-stage baby meal. 

Sweet potatoes –Sweet potatoes are delightful in almost any recipe, and they work well for a baby who needs to poop. They include a lot of insoluble fiber, which will assist your infant pass gas quickly. Cooking and mashing a sweet potato or roasting fries in the oven for fun finger food is a great way to make your own baby food.

Prunes-These are one of the finest high-fiber foods for a newborn with gastrointestinal issues, which comes as no surprise. If your child is just beginning to eat solid foods, prepare and mash some prunes to feed her. Cooked prunes can also be crushed into tiny, nibble pieces suitable for your little star.

Special note-

 Fruit juice is also a good option, like prune, pear, or apple. Remember, babies younger than 8 weeks shouldn’t have any fruit juice.

Foods to avoid to constipation in children

1. Cereal-

Babies and toddlers can’t get enough of this popular first food, whether they’re just starting out with rice cereal or lugging a bag of Cheerios about with them wherever they go. Lets face it Cereal may cause more formed poop, reducing the quantity of poopy diapers used each day. Reduce the amount of cereal your baby eats and replace it with more fresh fruits and vegetables.

2. Bananas-

Bananas are an excellent first food for babies (and a yummy way to cut calories when baking). They can, unfortunately, slow down your baby’s digestion and, as a result, their defecation. Take a vacation from bananas and take advantage of the opportunity to sample some new fruits. Use one fruit at a time so that if your baby has an allergy to a certain food you would know which food is the culprit.


Easy foods for newborns learning to consume solids include dairy products such as little cubes of cheese or delicately flavored yogurt. Cheese is a low-fiber food that might cause constipation, despite its safety and convenience. Cut back on dairy items for a few days to see whether your baby’s condition improves.

How can I get my baby to poop?

It is a sign that your baby is healthy if he or she poops on a regular basis. Pooping is something we all have to do on a regular basis.  Your baby, on the other hand, may go days without pooping. Here is a link to view some highly recommended diapers.

Don’t worry if your baby’s immature  intestines take a while to adjust. In the meantime, attempt to come up with a technique to get your kid to poop outside the house. Here are some things you can try:

1.Try cycling exercises with baby-

Make your baby lie down on the bed with his or her legs held together at the ankles. To stimulate your baby’s large intestines, work his or her legs in a cycling motion for about 3 -5 minutes. This aids in the release of trapped gas as well as the rapid production of stool.

2.Stomach messaging

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Take some warm coconut oil or your favorite oil and massage your baby’s lower abdomen with it.

This helps to ease your baby’s bowels and make pooping easier. Measure 3 finger-widths below babies belly button down to the lower left side and apply pressure. Compress until you feel a stiffness or a mass, then hold the pressure for 3 minutes.

3.Push chairs-

Vibrators are now found in many rockers and pushchairs. Start the vibrator and place your infant in the chair. The vibrating action may make it easier for your infant to poop.

4.A warm bath can go along way

Bathing your baby in warm water and messaging the abdomen can also help to relieve constipation. Give it a try today!


Make or purchase pellets out of solidified glycerin and place one or two of them in your baby’s rectum. Glycerin dissolves quickly and softens your baby’s stool. This should not be performed for everyday use. Use sparingly with occasional constipation. Glycerin suppositories draw water to the intestines, which encourage a bowel movement. Follow directions on the package to insert. If used too frequently, this will cause a loss of normal bowel function.

6.Use a thermometer

This is the method that worked for me. Place your newborn or toddler on his or her back, elevate his or her thighs, and insert the lubricated thermometer into the rectum between 1/2 and 1 inch (1.3 to 2.5 centimeters). You can also lay your infant on his or her stomach on your lap or another hard surface.

More ways to help my baby poop…..

7.Breastfeed, breastfeed

Breastfeeding your baby is one of the best things you can do to build up his immune system

Did you know breastfeeding is a great way to prevent constipation? A breastfed baby may go as frequently as every feeding or as infrequently as once a week. On the other hand the normal feces of a formula-fed newborn is a smooth paste that might be watery and range in color. They can go up to three times every day or once every two to three days.

8.Encourage baby to crawl

This is a great way to getting those bowels active again. Get baby moving!

9.Try some water

Only 30 mL of cooled boiled water should be given twice a day, between morning and evening feeds, to babies under the age of eight weeks.
Between morning and evening feeds, give 30-60 ml cooled boiling water to babies aged 8 weeks to 6 months.
6–12 month old babies can drink 60–120 mL of freshly drawn tap water twice a day.

10.How about adding more water if six months or more?

Yes mamas, if your baby is six months or more, try giving more water in between meals. Parents according to professionals should not give babies any water until six months of age. It is not required during this stage.

11.Brown sugar and water

To add sugar to a bottle, mix a minimum of 7 oz of water with the proper amount of infant formula in a bottle as you normally would. Then, to dissolve the sugar, add one formula scoop of brown sugar to the bottle and mix it.

In a warm bottle, it will also dissolve faster.  Perform this for every other feed for the next 24 hours. If constipation persists, repeat the procedure. This is a last resort procedure.

12.Laxatives are a last resort when others fail

If the other solutions you’ve tried haven’t worked, you may need to resort to laxatives. It’s crucial to choose the proper one because not all laxatives act in the same way. Some laxatives soften the feces or encourage the movement of the colon, while others do both, and still others provide more fiber.

How often should newborns poop?

This is a question that most parents wonder about. So lets find out the truth of the matter:

Unlike when your kid is a newborn and every diaper change feels like a poop, your baby will naturally defecate less as they get older, from a few weeks to many months.

When it comes to how often a baby should poop, there is a wide range of healthful options. Don’t worry about the number of poops as long as your baby is eating normally and growing weight (1 to 2 pounds each month). That’s it no more worries

When should You call the doctor?

Now mamas there is a limit. If you see the OPPOSITE of what happen above then you must certainly contact your doctor.

  • If you notice a change in your baby’s feeding- for example he may begin refusing to eat.
  • Crying repeatedly
  • You may notice a swollen abdomen
  • Vomiting after every feed.
  • When you give a new food to your child, his or her feces changes substantially; this could indicate a food allergy.
    By the age of one, your child’s poop is still quite runny (and if your child has diarrhea—watery stools more than five times a day—tell your doctor about it).
  • White poop (a indication that your baby isn’t making enough bile), black stool (blood digested from the stomach or small intestine), or streaks of crimson poop are all signs that your youngster isn’t producing enough bile (it could mean blood from the colon or rectum)
    While pooping, your child yells in pain or bleeding.
    Mucus is visible in baby poop, which could indicate an infection.

Bottom line

Not seeing your little darling not pooping can be very unsettling especially for a new mom. Knowing what to do with confidence can help you to really take on the challenge of easily giving your baby the care he /she deserves. I hope I have given you the tools you need to equip yourself with if you encounter this situation.

Additionally, knowing when to seek medical attention is so vitally important. I would love to hear from you in the comments if you ever had a situation like this before. You are free to like, comment, and share .Check out my Instagram page @marilynsmith_3192, Pinterest@, http://www.maternaltreasures-facebook



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Published by Marilyn Smith

Hello. My name is Marilyn Smith. I am a Health Specialist with specialized skills in Clinical Practical Nursing, and Midwife of thirty six years. I am also a certified Lactation and Grief Specialist. I am well qualified to assist in meeting your breastfeeding needs. Breastfeeding is indeed the best for your baby. Congratulations on making such a wonderful decision. Consider this your home as we learn about the joys and pains of pregnancy & breastfeeding

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