If you never thought you'd be one of "those" moms who analyzed her baby's bowel movements with every diaper change, you're wrong. Granted, I don't know you personally. But every mom, at some point or another, has a weird obsession with her child's poop. It's a universal fact. Especially when your baby is young, the frequency and texture (yes, texture) of their bowel movements can tell you a lot about their health before their able to do so themselves. Being on the lookout for signs your baby isn't pooping enough can make you more aware of how certain foods affect their bodies and how their digestive system is doing overall.
Here's the catch though: the way you feed your baby has a lot to do with how they will poop. Formula fed babies' bowel movements are vastly different than an exclusively breastfed baby's — not better or worse, just different. And knowing the difference, as well as what to expect for "normal" poops, can help you spot when something is off.
Constipation is rare for babies, but it does happen, and knowing the signs will help you ensure it doesn't happen often and know what to do if and when it does.