Baby’s diaper blowouts are a nightmare for every mom and it is hard for every parent to manage all those terrible blowouts all over your baby’s back, bottom and pretty much everywhere. However, there are a lot of ways you can actually prevent them from happening too often.
Newborns tend to poop more frequently than a few months old babies, no matter how frequent your baby poops, blowouts could happen anytime.
However, the worst thing that you probably dread is when you see poop oozing out of the diaper and signs of yellow poop inside onesies from the back. Moreover, the struggle to clean-up and wash dirty clothes is real.
To be honest, some blowouts had been so much worse and awkward for me that I literally had to trash clothes too as I just did not have any place to wash and dry them, I was left with no choice but to trash.
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Reasons for Diaper Blowouts
These have been the reasons for babies blowout in my experience as a mom of two.
1. Inappropriate diaper size
This is one of the main reasons why diaper blowout occurs. Having your baby wear wrong diaper size results in a huge mess.
2. Inappropriate clothing size
Well, this had been my case multiple times. Although I always dress up kids my in comfy clothes. I myself don’t like wearing too many tight clothes and same is with my kids, Especially, I don’t want to dress them up in tight bottoms which are tight in the tummy area.
My son had the worst diaper explosion at about 7 months when we were on vacation and we were just about to have our lunch at a local restaurant in Vegas. The reason was too tight clothes (He was wearing suspender shorts) on his bottom with a diaper inside.
When your baby’s clothes are tight in the seam area, due to a lot of liquid in the diaper, it inflates. consequently, when baby poops, it gets tight on the bottom and just blast from the sides and back, wherever there is even a tiny bit of a room.
3. Poop after an episode of Constipation
I am pretty sure many of you are familiar with this poop explosion. My son was about three months when he was constipated for about 4 to 5 days and yes, I remember the explosion, It was all around his back and up to the back of his neck. Poop after constipation should be on high alert.
4. Full diaper
If your baby’s diaper is already oversoaked and there is no poop yet, so whenever he is going to it’s going to be a blowout depends on what position your baby is sitting, laying down or playing in a bouncer.
Heads up – It is going to be all over the place.
5. The way of Holding baby with (routine) poopy diaper
Well yeah, this happens too. When your baby does not have a blowout and sometimes when you hold your baby a certain way that could potentially make all that mess, probably on your hands, arms, legs, etc.
Now if you had a blow out already learn how to manage. Be careful while you hold your baby and do not press against baby’s bottom.
6. Diaper brand
This one trick is really important to prevent diaper blowouts significantly. I am a big fan of Pampers Cruisers only. I have tried a couple of other diaper brands and they are less expensive and yet less absorption capacity, means more frequent changing (costing you the same).
My son had many blowouts whereas with my second one I hardly had any. The only blowouts I had and so many when I was not using pampers cruisers. Pampers baby dry had not been a good choice and my daughter had too many blowouts unless we got done with those.
However, diaper leaks and blowouts can both be significantly prevented by changing a diaper brand if you are having too frequent accidents.
How to know if there had been an explosion and How to deal with it
1. The number one sign of a poop explosion is – It is going to smell really sharp. As in REALLY SHARP. Check diaper, touch or hand at baby’s back or see the diaper from the inner thighs.
2. There is a sticky wet feeling. (I know – this is disturbing)
3. If you see signs of a blowout, hold your baby from his/her inner side of the arms or grip upper torso firmly and do not press or hold onto his/her bottom.
4. Lay down on the changing sheet preferable on changing station.
5. Undress, put dirty clothes in a bag and dirty diaper in a diaper sack. If you have a handheld bidet, wash messy clothes with that later, first, you got to clean your baby. Wipe off all that mess with baby wipes. Make sure it is not all over his hair, if do then you definitely got to give him a bath. Wash baby’s back or bottom otherwise. Now dress your baby as you want.
6. Rinse/Wash right away to avoid stains and do not put messy clothes with other clothes in laundry unless to rinse away all that poop.
NOTE: If your baby gets rash – try to avoid wipes. If you can – just have your baby’s bottom clean with water (skip soap) and then pat dry with a soft towel. Rubbing their bottom in case of rashes is not a good idea. If you have to, wipe off gently, do apply A+D cream on a clean bottom. This is by far the best rash ointment I have used.
If you are using a diaper cream jar then this Bum Spatula is a great way to apply cream without having your hands dirty.
Secondly, if you are using a tube cream then this Tush Applicator is getting popular for even application and less wastage.
Tip and Tricks on how to prevent diaper blowouts
If the poops accidents are happening more frequently, you might want to review the following in your case.
1. Go one size up of diaper
Select diaper depending on baby’s weight. For newborn size, use pampers for the first 2 to 3 weeks, then start packing up on pounds just switch to size one. Then within a few weeks, you might want to switch to size 2.
If your baby is having more wet diapers and the weight is still not as in that range ideally you might want to switch to one size up.
2. Go a size up of clothing
Bigger diaper means bigger clothes. I always preferred comfortable clothes for my kids. Every baby’s growth is different. Some are naturally big and some are not. So decide the right size for your baby, it should be comfortable, regardless.
3. Monitor poop schedule
Babies do get constipated so if you know that there are chances of a blowout just stay alert to avoid unnecessary mess everywhere. Watch out if your baby is constipated for a while now – that’s going to be a HUGE one.
4. Frequently Change Wet Diapers to avoid over-soaked diaper
When you see your baby hasn’t pooped as he was supposed to (as per your baby’s daily routine), then keep an eye on the wet/full diaper. Change frequently. A relatively less wet diaper can handle poop explosion if there is a delay in bowel movement due to any particular reason.
Moreover, you can also use diaper booster pads for heavy wetters at night without having sleep interruption. In addition to that, it will save you diaper change in the goodnight sleep.
For more tips on how to keep baby dry at night, find out why is your baby soaking in pee at night.
5. Using Diaper extenders
Using diaper extenders (aka diaper blowout blocker) is another awesome way you can protect baby’s clothes or car seats from diaper blowouts. However, this is not going to reduce washing clothes any less, but still that’s a great way you can protect baby’s clothes and bedding etc.
6. Quiet Diaper Change for heavy wetters
For heavy wetters at night, if you can manage a silent diaper change in the middle of the night without waking them up, it can be a game changer. This is manageable when you have your kid sleeping on a toddler bed or in an easy access bed (meaning you do not have to take her out of the crib) so that changing a diaper does not become an issue.
Note: If you fear your baby will be wide awake due to a diaper change, try to do it in the first half of her sleep cycle. If she sleeps 8 to 10 hours, change her diaper in about 4 to 5 hours. Mind you, do not use wipes if there is no poop because wet wipes are going to wake her up.
Long story short – no matter how much knowledge you get about blowouts they are still going to happen but the good news is, you can minimize them with messy experiences. Whenever you have such experience, try to figure out what was the reason for a blowout to avoid any accidents in the future. Blowouts are real and they can be prevented significantly if you follow the above-mentioned techniques.
Motherhood is a learning curve and babies are 100% dependent on their parents/caretakers. Somebody has to clean that cute little tush!
Welcome to motherhood!