As your little one grows, you will begin to recognize their various facial expressions. The “I’m tired and about to have a meltdown” face, the “Oh no. Don’t lay me down, I want you to carry me around all day” face, and of course, the “Poop face.”
You’ll see a growing tension in the forehead and maybe a bit of a furrow of the eyebrows. Your little one’s eyes will maybe start to scrunch up; first in the corners, and then their entire face will follow. They might turn red with the effort they are making, and finally, there is the look of relief, that “Ahhh, that feels better expression.” If you have a little one with a particularly mischievous nature, you might even be treated to the post poop “I know what’s in my pants and now you are going to have to clean it up for me” face.
By the time your baby is a toddler they may make you laugh by hiding in the corner or pausing as they walk, pooping, and carrying on their way.
To alleviate your worries a little, why not take a look at some of these little charmers as they fill their pants with a smile, a grimace, or a facial expression that defies definition.
Ahhh That’s Feels Good
Let’s face it, we all know the feeling of contentment induced by an, ahem, ‘satisfactory’ visit to the bathroom. The expression on this little one’s face just screams “I’ve been trying to get rid of that for ages and now, finally, it’s gone. That just feels so good.”
This is an excellent example of a great poop face but if you think your baby may actually be suffering from constipation just take a long hard look at her poo. If it is still soft and squishy there is no need to worry; your baby is just skilled at making strange faces while they are pooping. If the poop is harder than usual, they may be constipated.
This is rarely an issue for breastfed babies. If your child is bottle fed, check to make sure you are making up the formula correctly because too much powder in the bottle can cause constipation.
Wait ‘Till They Get A Noseful Of That
Before your little bundle of toxic excretions starts eating solid foods, her poo shouldn’t actually smell that bad. Breastfed babies tend to have an almost scent free poop, and if there is a smell, it is almost sweet. If you do get a particularly stinky diaper full from your exclusively breastfed child, it may be because of medication, such as antibiotics or it might be because they have a sensitivity to something you have eaten.
Formula fed babies do have smellier poops because a baby’s digestive system cannot absorb man-made formulas as well as they can digest breastmilk. This means that a formula fed baby will have more waste products in their system and hence, they will have smellier poos for you.
The smell from a formula fed infants poops actually comes from methyl mercaptan and hydrogen sulfide the second of which is a gas that is distinguished by its gross rotten-egg smell.
What’s Going On??
This little one cracks me up. I dare anyone to take a look at this expression and not break out in a smile. I feel like I should print out this photo and carry it around with me. Every time I felt stressed, or someone upset me I would take this picture out of my bag. Then I would take a look and remind myself that no matter how bad things get, it can’t be as bad as the feelings of shock and confusion that this poor soul is experiencing.
One of our children had the “WTF is going on?” face every time he pooped for about the first four months. Watching him, you could see the look of confusion roll across his face. Four or five times a day he got all confused and looked around as if trying to work out who was messing with him. It was like every time was the first time. It was hilarious.
Who could possibly confuse this beautiful girl’s expression for anything other than the finest of poop faces? Our youngest son pulled faces like this all of the time, but once he was old enough he would pull himself up on the furniture, walk around to the side of a chair and poop when he thought nobody could tell what he was doing.
The trouble for him was, he had such an expressive face you could tell straight away what he was up to. There he would hold himself, on the arm of the chair, so we could only see from his chest upwards. Then he would scrunch up his face, lean forward a little and start to turn red. After that came the grunting noises and when he was finally finished with his business, he would pull himself back around the chair.
“Have you done a poo?” we would ask, and he would vigorously shake his head. I think he didn’t like the downtime involved in a diaper change.
I Am So Pleased With Myself
Isn’t this a smile to cheer you and to strike terror into your heart at the same time? You just know that any child who looks this pleased with himself has done something his caregivers are going to find pretty horrific!
This excellent shot was shared on Imgur by his parent, a user with the handle atodaso. The caption below his photo said:
“Every time he craps his pants, he puts his hands behind his head and smirks. His smiles have become a warning sign of the approaching ‘apocalypse.'”
He has proved so popular online that he is known as “Smug-Pants Pooping Baby” an entire series of memes using his photo have been generated, and ImgFlip has a page dedicated to making your own personalized version.
He may be my new hero. Anyone who can be that relaxed with a giant dump in his diaper has to have a level of chill that we should all aspire to!
Oh That’s Embarrassing
This tiny little scrap of cutie pie appears to have shocked herself at the magnitude of her poop. This face just screams “Wow, I’m not gonna get that one to fly under the radar. I thought it was only farts that were silent but deadly.”
Of course, she is that little bit too small to be producing something truly abhorrent. You need to wait until your baby has moved onto solid foods before you are treated to the truly spectacular, gag-inducing waste products from hell.
Believe me, when your child has progressed to mixed feeding you will long for the days when you could scoop up a little mushy poop with one or two wipes. You will be positively nostalgic for the kind of diapers your baby used to do, and I bet that isn’t a part of parenthood you ever dreamt could exist, is it?