Cloth Diaper Elastic: The Poop-Splosion Solution


Ask other parents what they disliked most about having a newborn and besides the sleepness nights, the next answer is usually “the blow-outs.”

Ask a cloth diapering mother and she will leave the blow-outs off that list and just say “sleepness nights.”

Are cloth diapers really Poop-Splosion free? Yep. Pretty much. As long as they fit correctly and the baby isn’t suffering a bout of diarrhea you will save your adorable outfits from that yellow/orange/green poop!

Cloth Diapers, unlike disposables, have elastic at the back, the legs, and sometimes even the front of the diaper.  (some disposables have “elastic” but it still fits loosely) This means the diaper actually fits the baby very well and will contain the poop from leaking up the back or out of the legs!!!

I often hear the excuse from parents not wanting to use cloth diapers that they don’t want to deal with the poop.

I hate to tell them that in fact, they may be dealing with more poop in the newborn phase with disposables than a cloth diapering parent would. My babies have never had an Expoda-Poo (thanks Lisa from Weehuggers!).

Want proof?

This was a Ve-poop-ius of epic proportions! And truthfully, that diaper is 2 years old and the elastic is loose.

The proof is in the pudding.  Err… maybe that is a bad analogy considering that photo.  I may never eat pudding again now.

So next time your pregnant friend says she is afraid of those up the back poopy disasters, direct her to this photo and tell her that cloth diapers will save all of those pricey baby clothes!  Heck, they will even coordinate with them!  You can’t beat that!

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  • We’ve actually had a week of diarrhea here – in the worst way. Still, only a couple of leaks, mostly related to my son flooding his diaper in one go (even double-stuffed diapers) and the liquid having no where else to go.

  • I agree! I have had a total of 4 blowouts in cloth, 2 were in GroVia so obviously they didn’t fit my son right. 🙁 But if we ever have used disposables for some reason, we have way more poop issues, one which I am still traumatized by. Just landed for Christmas vacation + exploda-poo + we hadn’t unpacked extra clothes yet = bad bad situation. I am surprised at how many times I have seen poop go to the edge of elastic but not past it! Love my cloth!

  • Andrea G.

    Honestly, I don’t understand why parents get grossed out by cloth either. And you’re right, the excuse is always “oh I don’t want to deal with poop” and all of that.

    But, as a parent, aren’t you basically dealing with bodily fluids daily anyway? I mean you deal with pee, snot, vomit, and yes, as a parent you’re going to have to deal with poop either way. Therefore, why not save some money and trees in the process and keep harmful chemicals off your little ones.

  • Anna

    While I was potty training my daughter I had to deal with poop all the time.

    I am in the process of switching to cloth with my 2 month old son. We got a few trail diapers and he had one of his massive poops that the cloth contained. The next day he was in disposables and had another massive poop with a blow out. That alone convinced me he is always leaking out of his diapers no matter what brand. I can’t wait to get my cloth.

  • Lisa

    You’re bold to post this! LOL! Thanks for the mention. Hugs, Lisa

  • My little girl only goes number 2 every three days. You can imagine the epic proportions of that explosion. It took awhile to find the right cloth diaper to hold it in, but once we found it I’ve not had a single out the side or up the back poop leak. One time she was even in her car seat for about an hour with one of those explosions and her clothes were clean and dry. So happy!

    I used disposables for three days after she was born, when my milk came in and she had her first explosion I just about clawed open the packaging on the cloth diapers and rushed to get them prepared in time for that next poo.

  • Jen B

    Thanks for sharing! And for the visual! 🙂 I started cloth diapering late with my son, but have a baby girl on the way. My son had so many poop-splosions, it wasn’t even funny…I’m crossing my fingers and hoping for better with cloth this time! Thanks for the encouragement!

  • Melarossa

    It’s also a good point to make when cloth nay-sayers wonder how you deal with “all the extra laundry”. All the non-cloth diapering families I know had to do an extra load of laundry – usually clothes covered with spit-up, which you have with any baby, or poo, from leaky disposables – every day or two anyway. You have to see/smell/handle poo-covered baby things one way or the other, at least with cloth it’s only during diaper changes (we didn’t rinse the exclusively breastmilk poo – came right out in the wash) which you’re doing no matter what kind of diapers you use, and not on the baby’s clothes, your clothes, the couch, the sheets…

  • Desireebjackson

    SO true! In fact during a day trip this last weekend my husband wanted to use sposies, since I was doing diaper laundry anyway I agreed. It was the first time we had used them since coming home from the hospital. My son is 9 months. Needless to say he had a “blow out” and since I am out of practice with those I didn’t have any extra clothes with me! I then realized that I haven’t had a single “blow out” in the last 9 months! Love my cloth diapers, I’m sorry I left you home that day!