Changes in poop, including constipation, are somewhat common when babies start eating solid food. But before you reach for the sugary prune puree or increase baby’s water intake, consider working more of the below foods into baby’s diet.
Not sure which foods to feed baby? Consider getting our First Foods Essentials guides to the best and worst foods for babies.
Have a picky eater who won’t eat these foods? See our guide on Strategies to Relieve Constipation in Picky Eaters.
Other tips to help relieve constipation:
Warm baths: Warm water helps relax baby’s abdominal muscles, making a bowel movement easier for baby.
Gentle massage: Like baths, a gentle massage of baby’s tummy can help relax baby’s abdominal muscles and soothe baby’s discomfort.
A dash of water: Instead of the commonly recommended fruit juice, small amounts of water (1-2 ounces, once or twice daily) can be offered in the vast majority of infants 6 months and older. Avoid offering more, since water can take the place of formula or breast milk and always be sure to be in touch with baby’s pediatric healthcare provider.
Written and reviewed by:
V. Kalami, MNSP, RD, CSP
R. Ruiz, MD, FAAP. Board-Certified General Pediatrician & Pediatric Gastroenterologist