What does a healthy 9-month-old baby's poop look like?
By the time your baby is 9 months old, you’ve probably started to wean them. Weaning is the process of stopping breastfeeding, and it involves giving your baby solid foods appropriate for their age. By 9 months old, your baby is probably eating a wide range of different foods.
The consistency of your baby’s poop will vary greatly depending on what they eat. Introducing solid foods to your baby’s diet will create a dramatic change in their poop’s appearance, consistency, and odor.
Babies who only drink breast milk typically have yellow or slightly green poop. It usually has a creamy consistency, and the smell isn’t too awful. Babies who drink formula have poop that is more similar to peanut butter, with a brownish color. It is also smellier than breast milk poop, but still not too bad.
Once your baby starts to eat solid food, their poop will change a lot. Babies eating solid food usually have dark brown poop with a thick consistency. It will also have a much stronger smell than when they were drinking only milk.
You might sometimes be able to see some partially digested food in your 9-month-old baby’s poop; for example, raisins, beans, and pieces of fruit skin.
Your 9-month-old baby’s poop could be tinged with different colors. This is usually related to what they’ve been eating. Beets can cause a reddish color, orange can be due to carrots, and blue or purple can be caused by berries.
These unusual colors can show up when food isn’t digested completely or when your baby eats a lot of a particular food and doesn’t chew it properly. As long as this doesn’t become a recurring situation, there’s nothing to worry about.