Diaper explosions are, for the uninitiated, when a poop (typically one from a newborn or a baby with a sick stomach) escapes the diaper and most often goes up the back and into the onesie area. With a little common sense and a lot less waste, I’m going to offer real advice based on the tips given by Today Parents on how to avoid diaper blowouts and leaks.
My tip for avoiding diaper explosions? Use cloth diapers with elastic at the back. Their tip? Bring a change of clothes for the caregiver and baby.
It works almost every time. I even have a graphic photo as evidence where the elastic was all that came between my son’s disgusting, wet, mucousy poop and his clothing. Today Parents didn’t offer a way to stop the blowouts, they told parents to bring a change of clothes for the baby and themselves (which is a good idea in general for spit-up too, but does nothing to prevent the poop explosions.) I’m surprised they didn’t tell everyone to use the blow-out blocker…. oy. You can view three minutes of their Earth shattering advice on their website.
My second tip refers to getting peed on between changes. Their tip? To buy Pee-Pee Tee-Pees (which are pointless purchases new parents are told to make because it is a funny thing to say and, surprise, they might actually buy them because they’ve never had kids. My tip: after you remove the dirty diaper take either a cloth wipe (best choice because it is absorbent and won’t be missed if peed on) or lay your clean diaper over the top to catch that pee. For girls it is a bit trickier but having a waterproof and reusable changing pad lined with PUL and cotton on top is a way to protect your changing pad cover. Having two or three is a bonus. Today Parents said to use doggy pee pads (really?)
My last tip is for those toddlers who love removing their diapers. Their tip? Use colorful duct tape. Once again, cloth diapers can be the answer to this in and of themselves. My tip? Use cloth diapers with hard to open (for a baby) snaps; it is usually enough to keep the diaper on and the mess inside. If you have a particularly dextrous toddler or maybe one dead set on mischief, putting the diaper on backwards should do the trick. If Houdini figures that one out I would buy them “Baby’s First Magic Set” and start training them as an escape artist. Today Parents told their audience to use colorful duct tape (as if the rainbow colors make this any more palatable for anyone involved.) Just. No.
Cloth diapering can make life a lot easier (believe it or not) and the prevention of blow-outs is just one of their many benefits. Plus, look at the cute diaper in these pictures! It is a retired Fuzzibunz limited summer print (sorry no longer available).