lllustration by Peter Arkle

                                                      lllustration by Peter Arkle

Poo’s dramatic color changes in life’s first few days would make Jackson Pollock jealous. Keeping track of what’s normal and what’s not is one of the earliest (and most daunting) tasks of parenthood.

Just when you start getting used to seeing that dark, sticky stool known as meconium (which you can now proudly pronounce correctly), you are faced with a barrage of colors and consistencies that leave you wishing all poo was soft, formed, and brown.

Throw into this poopourri things termed seeds and curds and one begins to wonder how such a small, seemingly innocuous, little human being can produce such a mind-boggling array of waste. And this all takes place before your little one starts eating regular food!

As a general rule, poo does tend to lighten up in color and consistency over the first week or so of life, evolving from black and tarry to green to yellow before finally settling down to the familiar brown hue we have come to know and, um, love.