Parenting in KFL&A
Adult wiping a baby's bum with a  cloth during a diaper change.
Your baby is now 2 weeks old. You’ve probably changed many diapers by now. Today we’ll be talking about poop, car seats, and taking care of yourself.

Growth spurt alert! Growth spurts usually occur at 3 and 6 weeks and at 3 months of age. During a growth spurt babies feed more often. Some parents worry that they are not making enough milk for their baby during growth spurts because it feels like their baby is always hungry. When your baby feeds more often, your body will respond by making more milk.
Yellow poop in a diaper.
Breastfed babies have yellow, liquidly poop that might have small pieces that look like seeds in it. Once they are 3 to 4 weeks old, they may only poop once every 7 days. Sometimes this comes out as a “poop-splosion!”

Babies fed formula have brown, more formed poop. They poop more often than breastfed babies.

Sometimes parents worry that their baby is constipated (can’t poop). It is rare for a breastfed baby to become constipated. Babies who have formula are more likely to become constipated. Sometimes a warm bath or gently moving your baby’s legs in circles can help. If this doesn’t work, call a health care professional. Do not use laxatives or stool softeners.

Our friends at Parenting in Ottawa have a great video series for parents to show you how to bathe and diaper your baby, as well as many other parenting topics.
Parenting in Ottawa videos
Baby in a car seat, adult buckling straps.
Car seat safety
Correctly choosing, installing, and using a child seat is the best thing you can do to keep your child safe in the car. The best car seat is the one that fits your child, your budget, and your vehicle. Remember the following four key points of car seat safety:
  1. Safe seat: All seats must have a National Safety Mark label (circle with a maple leaf in the centre).
  2. Right spot: Your baby is safest in the back seat.
  3. Straps tight: Rear-facing seats:
    • The harness strap is tight enough that you can’t pinch any excess strap at the collarbone.
    • The harness straps are at or below the baby’s shoulders (not above their shoulders).
    • The chest clip is located at the armpit level.
  4. Ready or not: It is safest to keep your child in the rear-facing position for as long as possible or until they reach the maximum height or weight limits of the seat.
Learn more at:
Adult holding mug.
It's okay to take care of yourself. It's part of parenting.
You are a parent, and you are important.
  • It’s okay to ask for help. Be direct, for example, “can you please throw a load of laundry in for me?” or “can you please bring dinner when you come to visit?”
  • Learn to let things go. Crumbs and overflowing laundry are normal.
  • Check in with friends and family that make you feel good. Attend a group to meet other parents.
  • Try taking a walk outside. Nature and exercise can make you feel better.

Perinatal Mood Disorders (PMD)
Parents can have a wide range of mood changes after their baby is born, including anxiety and depression.
Remember: you are not alone, you are not to blame, and with help, you will get better.

About 1 in 5 new moms and 1 in 10 dads will develop a mood disorder in the first year after their baby is born. Symptoms may include:
  • Crying and sadness
  • Feelings of guilt, shame, or hopelessness
  • Feelings of anger or irritability
  • Constant worry, racing thoughts
  • Dizziness, hot flashes, and nausea
If you’re not feeling like yourself, talk to your family doctor or health care provider. Medication and therapy can help.
If you are having thoughts of hurting yourself or your baby, call 9-1-1 or go to the hospital right away.
Take care of your mental health
Two adults, each holding a baby.
EarlyON Child and Family Centres
Meet other parents at this free drop-in program for families.

City of Kingston and County of Frontenac:
Program schedule
Prince Edward-Lennox and Addington Social Services:
Programs and hours
Wishing you lots of cuddles and not too many “poop- splosions” this week! We will be in touch with you next week.
KFL&A Public Health, 221 Portsmouth Avenue, Kingston, Ontario K7M 1V5