How to Help Newborns Poop Easier

Written by Louise Grey

With a newborn baby herself, Louise has been reviewing products on the baby market for a number of years and prides herself on a unique take on every product she reviews!

Last Updated 01/02/2021

How to help newborns poop easier

There may be times when you have a newborn that will struggle to pass their bowels, never ignore signs that your baby shows you’re as most of them is either distress or discomfort. If you feel like their needs to be immediate help then always contact a professional like a health visitor, midwife or GP as they will be able to give you the correct advice after a consultation with your baby.

We are trying to give you some tips on helping your newborn go to the toilet, there is a few reasons why your baby can struggle going to the toilet however a lot of these problems can be solved very easily with some simple remedies.

Why is it so hard for newborns to poop?

One of the main reasons that a baby struggles to go to the toilet is a change in diet, you have to remember they have been in the mother’s tummy for 9 months only eating one source of food – most of the time the change in diet causes a backup in your newborn. Some parents stop breastfeeding quite early for various reasons like the baby seems to be more hungry than the mother is producing milk or just out of choice, When the mother starts to give the newborn formula this can be another reason why they struggle to go as the shear change in consistency of the milk they are getting is different.

Another reason is Dehydration which can be the lack of fluids that you give you newborn I know that some professionals really limit the amount of water you should give your newborn however others can give you a diet plan that includes water as part of the diet.

How can I tell if my baby is constipated?

There’s a few different ways you can tell if your newborn is constipated and I will list them below:

  • Pooing less than 3 times in the same week
  • If they find it hard to poo which is also paired with larger poos than usual
  • Consistency – Dry, Lumpy, Hard or Pellet-Like Poos
  • Unusual smelly wind and poo
  • If your baby is less hungry than usual
  • If their stomach feels firmer than usual

Another sign that your newborn is constipated is lack of energy in themselves which is also paired with being grizzly at the same time.

Unfortunately, there is no set schedule on how many times your newborn needs to go to the toilet however some breastfed babies will sometimes go several days without having a poo (This is most common in newborns 6 weeks or older) Once you have been with your baby for a few weeks you will start to learn their bowel movements and will understand their routine.

How long can a newborn go without pooping?

I have stated before earlier in the article of the symptoms of when to ask for help with your newborn, as I said before that newborns that are breastfed sometimes don’t go to the toilet for a number of days; however, WebMD says that your newborn should be going every 5-10 Days so if that if you are going longer than that number then please contact your local GP or Health Visitor.

Does gripe water help with constipation?

Gripe water does seem to help with constipation as it’s a more of a thinner liquid however recent studies showed that it has no correlation with any health benefit. The study which was done in India showed that babies cried the same amount without Gripe water than with the gripe water. So I would tread carefully when it comes to some main brand products that show to help with newborn constipation.

Helping your newborn poop

How can I massage my newborn to poop?

Yes, Massage has been proven to massively help in making your newborn go poop there are a few different ways you can massage your Newborn to make them go! Most of these tips are very easy to do and can be done anywhere in the house without any special equipment:

  • Put your newborn on their back and make sure they are comfortable with maybe a soft blanket or their toy – Gently start to move their legs like they are riding a bicycle this has been proven to get the ball rolling in the bowels. If the baby isn’t fussing when laying on their back then start to also give them a tummy massage but gently running your hands over their stomach.
  • You can also gently push their knee’s close to their chest and stretch them out a few times which also helps relieve some pressure on their bowels.

What if my newborn hasn’t pooped in 24 hours?

I would never worry is your newborn hasn’t pooped in 24 hours as its very normal for them to not go in that time frame, especially if you are breastfeeding your newborn this is mostly a common occurrence. As I stated earlier in the article keeping an eye on your newborns routine is an essential part in noticing in signs that your newborn is in distress.



In conclusion, I would always monitor your babies mood as this is such a big factor in how your newborn is feeling, sometimes the signs that you consider normal can be your baby telling you that there is something wrong or they are in discomfort.

Obviously, it goes without saying that if you are ever unsure please contact a professional like your GP or Health visitor they will always give you the most up to date information regarding your babies bowel movements.

Also if you are struggling with the smell of your newborn’s poop then please check out our review of the tommee tippee nappy bin that is a lifesaver when you have a very smelly baby!