Mom Confessionals

Convo with Heather Kelly: What Your Baby’s Diaper Can Tell You

March 8, 2010

You want your baby to thrive and grow steadily. Once you get the hang of breastfeeding you will begin to easily recognize your baby’s signs of fullness and contentment. You should be checking in regularly with your pediatrician to make sure your child is thriving and growing. Your baby’s weight and behavior are also great indicators of their health. But there’s one more thing you can check, on a more daily basis, that is a great indicator of their well being. Diapers!

Diapers are the earliest and the easiest sign to measure quickly whether your baby is getting enough from feedings. In a nutshell, what goes in must come out. So if your baby is taking in enough food, you’ll know it from his diapers.

Here’s the part of parenthood that shows unconditional love. Yes, you need to check (or rather, inspect) your newborn’s diapers, on a continual basis. It’s amazing how much information you can glean from dirty diapers.

Let’s start with stools: in other words… poo!

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