There's no denying babies are cute, but their pee and poop is kind of gross. As a new parent you will come into contact with both a lot in those early days. And, because tinkle talk is mostly hush hush, you may be faced with some surprises when your baby is born. If you're a mom-to-be, or just naturally curious about this stuff, you may wonder about the gross things that happen the first time a newborn pees. More specifically, what's normal and what isn't.
As a new mom, I had never analyzed another human beings excrement as much as I did in those first 24 hours after my baby was born. It might sound bizarre, but as a parent or caregiver, you become an expert in your infant's peeing and pooping habits. You'll be instructed to inspect the color, consistency, and frequency, all of which are reported to your child's medical provider. You may even make a journal or perhaps an excel spreadsheet tracking your child's number ones and twos in those initial days (I wish I was joking about the spreadsheet).
All of this special attention you pay to your baby's peeing and pooping habits is really important in making sure your baby is healthy and free from illness. Here are five seemingly odd things that happen when your newborn pees for the first time, that are totally normal and nothing to be concerned about.