Motherhood from the Trenches: Diaper Blowouts

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As a mom of three, I have had my fair share of poop explosions. They always seem to occur at the worst possible times, right? Most moms have a story or two to share about changing sheets and wiping down crib rails in the middle of the night.

My nightmare diaper blowout story happened at the happiest place on earth: Walt Disney World. My husband had a work conference in Orlando while I was on maternity leave with our first child. Since newborns are easy to travel with, I decided to join him. As new parents, we weren't always prepared for everything.

On my husband's only afternoon he had free to enjoy the park, we headed to the Magic Kingdom. Not an hour into our time there, my son had the worst diaper blowout he had had in his 12 short weeks of life, and it was all over me.

My dear husband took my son into the men's bathroom to get cleaned up, while I headed to the nearest gift store to purchase a new shirt for myself and a new onesie for our son. My husband said all the men in the bathroom immediately pushed out of the way when they saw my husband carrying a poop-covered baby toward the sink. I wish I could have seen the looks on their faces!

Of course one of the best tips for avoiding blowouts is making sure you're using the right size diapers. Check out this chart to see where you stand. Here are some more tips from other moms on advice for getting through and avoiding diaper blowouts.

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“I always put waist tabs on snug and then run my finger around the inside lip of the diaper to pull the gusset outward so it's not flipped or twisted. That usually caught most of it. I've been doing that and changing butts for 20 years, and thankfully, blowouts have been minimal.” – Kim Berry

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“We do cloth. I've never had a blowout.” – Kate Kidwell, mother of five, including 1-month-old twins

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“If your baby is wearing a onesie, pull it down [their body] instead of over [their] head. Wiping their legs is a lot easier than washing their hair, especially if you are away from the house.


“If you don't have a onesie that will pull down, or baby is in a t-shirt, pull the bottom of the shirt away from baby and roll it all up towards the inside until you get to the clean part. Then you don't get any of the poop in your baby's hair when you pull it off.” – Kim Berry

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“I have always had to go up a diaper size before I felt my boys met the weight suggestion. I think with boys, everything just goes backwards. Also, change a wet diaper as soon as possible because they are more likely to leak if they go again or, God forbid, poop in a wet diaper.” – Stephanie Clark, mom of two boys

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“The worst thing to do is lay baby on their back when you're cleaning up the mess. It's kind of like rolling your hair spray on your tube of toothpaste — it never ends well.

“You can either stick a wipe in the back of the diaper or change them while trying to wrangle them lying on their stomach.” – Melissa Meserve, mom of three girls, all of whom are out of diapers (lucky!)

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“After you change the dirty diaper, rinse all affected clothing in cold water and immediately pour some detergent right onto the yellow stains. Let it sit a bit, and when you wash, it will all come out! No staining!

“Moms always complained of the ruined clothing, and I didn't get it cause I had always treated it! Plus side: you don't have to use the stain stick or other chemical stuff to treat it — just the exact soap you use to wash baby clothes!!” – Tanisha Garrett, mom of two

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Motherhood from the Trenches: Diaper Blowouts

Mindi is a working mom with three boys ages 4, 2, and an infant (born June 2013). She spent her first 8 years of her career in Speech-Language Pathology at a Children's Hospital. She currently works with adults and children in home health. The real fun for her happens when she is at home with her boys, chasing them around and pretending to be a super hero. She blogs about life as a working mom at Simply Stavish. Her weekly feature, Words in the Sand, teaches parents how to grow their child's s ... More

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1 comment

  1. Yamilet says:

    Hahaha I would have paid to see men’s faces too!

    My daughter has gifted me with only but a handful of explosions. But they have all been EPIC.

    The first time it happened I laughed so hard because I couldn’t believe her tiny 5Lbs self could projectlie poo into my mouth…… right when I had **just** finished cleaning her piss on the bed, LOL….

    I sort of “learned before I learned.” My case is usually packed with at least 10 diapers, 24oz of milk, bottle of water, and TWO outfits.

    Nope, I refuse to let her projectile skills beat me LOL

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