Diaper explosions..

Tina - posted on 08/24/2009 ( 97 moms have responded )

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It seems that no matter what brand of diaper I buy - my little guy ends up with poop everywhere. He can be in a diaper for 5 minutes and if he poops - it's leaking out the side or it's exploded up the back. Any helpful suggestions?? I know BF babies have a looser poop than formula fed babies..but come on! Am I to deal with this for as long as I BF??

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Melissa - posted on 08/31/2009

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I swear by Pampers (Swaddlers, then Cruisers...NOT Baby-Dry) and I generally started having blowouts only when I needed to go up a size. I have one boy and one girl, both BF. It did not happen to us very often, though. My sister's son, on the other hand, leaked constantly and NOTHING could stop it. She had to wash bedding daily and have a stack ready for nighttime bed changes, and was known to go through every sleeper in the drawer in one night. I think it just depends on the baby. You might have some luck topping a diaper with some rubber training pants to contain the mess

Amy - posted on 08/25/2009

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Breast fed babies tend to do that no matter what type or size diaper you use. The best thing to do is put a diaper cover like you use for cloth diapers over the diaper so it doesn't get all over the place.

Wendy - posted on 09/08/2009

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the same thing was happening to me until i realized that the problem was that he needed a bigger diaper!!! as soon as he starts having explosions i change his diaper size right away and problem solved! i breast fed my son too... no difference - he just needs a bigger size. hope this helps!!
(i find huggies to be a terrible fit for my baby - and the smell of pee is strong for some reason... i'm a HUGE pampers fan!)

Alaina - posted on 08/26/2009

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Both of mine had this problem when they were young and although it was at a different age for each, it stopped by about 6 months. It's usually not the diaper but the way they are sitting or being held when they pooped. The poop couldn't go one way so it all went the other hence overloading the capability of the diaper. Once I realized this, instead of trying to prevent it, I just prepared for it to happen. The good news is that more than likely it won't last for as long as you breastfeed. I don't know about for everyone else but for me, with each it lasted only a couple months max with each. Good luck!

Tara - posted on 08/25/2009

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Quoting Tina:

Diaper explosions..

It seems that no matter what brand of diaper I buy - my little guy ends up with poop everywhere. He can be in a diaper for 5 minutes and if he poops - it's leaking out the side or it's exploded up the back. Any helpful suggestions?? I know BF babies have a looser poop than formula fed babies..but come on! Am I to deal with this for as long as I BF??


What you want to do is make sure that the elastic area (around the legs) is pulled out when you put the diaper on. They usually fold in due from packaging. When they poop....it's gotta go somewhere! LOL  It doesn't really matter what brand you buy, but I use Huggies Lil Snugglers....in the inside of the back of the diaper is a flap that catches the really messy poops!  Oh and you want to make sure that the diaper is SNUG but not tight.  Good luck! :)

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Veronica - posted on 11/02/2011

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Buy a larger size pamper. I had the same problem and using a larger diaper one or two sizes bigger really helped. Also, you might want to put a cloth diaper or a towel in the carseat before you put your baby in it. Those poop stains are hard to get out.

Michelle - posted on 08/31/2009

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Quoting Tina:

Diaper explosions..

It seems that no matter what brand of diaper I buy - my little guy ends up with poop everywhere. He can be in a diaper for 5 minutes and if he poops - it's leaking out the side or it's exploded up the back. Any helpful suggestions?? I know BF babies have a looser poop than formula fed babies..but come on! Am I to deal with this for as long as I BF??



I have heard that poop up the back and leaking out is very common, especially in the first month.  I made numerous purchases of both name and off brands, I found that White Cloud worked the best and were economical at the same time.  I found them at the local Walmart.  Stay far away from Shopko and Targets off brands!  Best of luck to you.

Natalie - posted on 08/30/2009

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My daughter's poop (also BF) was spilling over too and we changed diaper size (up one size) and it did the trick.

Tamra - posted on 08/29/2009

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OK- This seriously works for both cloth and disposable diapers for the up the back issues but it seems a little crazy. My friend had 3 little ones under the age of 2 so she did what she had to ... get this DUCT TAPE ... just around the waist. It snugs the diaper up without having the legs too tight.

Brittani - posted on 08/28/2009

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I have found that Huggies tend to leak because they do not form to the baby as well as Pampers. I use Pampers Swaddlers on my little girl and I have only had that problem once using them and once I went up a diaper size from newborn to size 1.. I never had it again. A lot of store brands I have heard are worse about leaking also because they do not fit the baby as well. Hope that helps :)

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What you could try is getting those plastic diaper covers with the elastic on the legs. Having that extra protection on the "spillage" areas will help keep it in, and since the covers are plastic they are easy to clean. They sell them at Babies R Us.

Robbie - posted on 08/28/2009

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My daughter, now 7 mos and bf'd, had loose stool since birth and blow out diapers too. Turns out she has a milk protein allergy. Since I've eliminated ALL dairy from my diet and she started some solids at 6 months, her stools have more substance. You may want to ask your ped about that.

Sarah - posted on 08/28/2009

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We always had that problem with my daughter until she was on solid food. I strickly breast fed until just recently when I started giving her some formula. It took like a month after starting solids before her diapers stopped leaking entirely. Until that point we went through a lot of outfits (mine and hers) since she liked to poop more when she was eating.

Tanya - posted on 08/28/2009

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My one year old had issues with messy poop for a while - very loose and soft and kind of got all over the place. He was treated with antibiotics for another isse, a urinary tract infection, and since then his poop is more firm and seems more 'normal'. Maybe make sure your child doesn't have a stomach bug or some other type of illness that's causing the symptom of messy poop.

Rubina - posted on 08/28/2009

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I used to put the diaper tabs on at an angle...so after it's closed, when u look at it should make a slight V. (Hope the description helps.) It makes the diaper a lil more snug around the legs and waist.

Teresa - posted on 08/28/2009

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First of all let me say, I am glad you are breast feeding you baby. I didn't breast feed my son. He and I never did get the hang of it. We tried. So, I really don't know about looser stools as a result of it. But, when he was a baby (he is now 6 years old), I used Luvs diapers. Even though they were the cheaper brand, they still stopped leaks better whether it was urine or poop. According to their slogan, they have a leak guard in them. My next choice was Huggies brand. But for my son, the Luvs worked the best. Good luck!

Cheryl - posted on 08/27/2009

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Good old fashioned rubber pants :) throw them in the wash, and your done. The old timers knew a thing or two!

Rebecca - posted on 08/27/2009

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In my experience, Huggies work best, but I have also taken the plastic pants things that are used over the top of cloth diapers and put them on over the top of regular diapers. It helps contain it some. One thing to remember though is that he may be having a bad reaction to something that you're eating. So maybe you should try avoiding certain trigger foods (like milk, wheat, etc.) for a while and see if it helps. My son was having a reaction to milk and he had blow-outs ALL the time until we figured it out.

Shawnna - posted on 08/27/2009

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I'd agree that it could be the size of the diapers, or if they urinate a lot, then poop it tends to go out the sides. Your son may be having a reaction to whatever you are eating, and it could be making his stools looser. How old is he? I started my son on rice cereal at 3 1/2 months; he just wasn't getting enough to eat. The rice cereal will bind them up, along with soy formula.

Emily - posted on 08/27/2009

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I would consider changing the size of the diaper, brand isnt really issue. My son was doing the same thing, He was breastfed as well. Make sure it fits snug around the legs and waist but not too tight.

Peggy - posted on 08/27/2009

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It was the same as my BF baby. We tried many different brands. It got better after starting solid food.

Marie - posted on 08/27/2009

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yeah, my kids were allergic to disposable diapers and had to use cloth and plastic pants over them, we rarely had that exploding problem.

Jennifer - posted on 08/27/2009

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I agree with everyone who says needs a bigger diaper. Same happened to all three of my children(breast and bottled feed).

Dawn - posted on 08/27/2009

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My mother-in-law told me that if it shoots up the back, the diaper is too small...if it's shooting down the leg, the diaper is too big...it helped us when our lil' peanut had the issue...I can only say for sure, hang in there, it DOES eventually stop :)

Krystal - posted on 08/27/2009

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Quoting Andrea:



What you want to do is make sure that the elastic area (around the legs) is pulled out when you put the diaper on. They usually fold in due from packaging. When they poop....it's gotta go somewhere! LOL  It doesn't really matter what brand you buy, but I use Huggies Lil Snugglers....in the inside of the back of the diaper is a flap that catches the really messy poops!  Oh and you want to make sure that the diaper is SNUG but not tight.  Good luck! :)





Totally agree with you!  I found my 3 month old boy pooped out of Pampers but  Huggies have that flap on the inside back.  It doesn't look like much but when the poo is right up the back and stops at the flap, I know it works.  Also pulling out the inside elastic at the leg.  When my fiance forgets to do it, we have a leaky mess at the sides.






Same here. Even though the Huggies Supremes are a little more expensive, it is better than constantly washing clothes (both the baby's and mine). 

Lana - posted on 08/27/2009

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Well, here's a thought along with the other 72 responses you've had on this one. I haven't read the other ones since I am on a break at work, but is it possible to feed that little one some baby bananas - baby food? That could help or even some cereal. It will make the bowel movement a little more firm. Just a thought since I don't know if your baby will take food besides breast milk. Its worth a try and won't cost you much...

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What you want to do is make sure that the elastic area (around the legs) is pulled out when you put the diaper on. They usually fold in due from packaging. When they poop....it's gotta go somewhere! LOL  It doesn't really matter what brand you buy, but I use Huggies Lil Snugglers....in the inside of the back of the diaper is a flap that catches the really messy poops!  Oh and you want to make sure that the diaper is SNUG but not tight.  Good luck! :)


Totally agree with you!  I found my 3 month old boy pooped out of Pampers but  Huggies have that flap on the inside back.  It doesn't look like much but when the poo is right up the back and stops at the flap, I know it works.  Also pulling out the inside elastic at the leg.  When my fiance forgets to do it, we have a leaky mess at the sides.

Cheryl - posted on 08/27/2009

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In stores they have these covers to go over diapers, they are supposed to be for clothe diapers but they might help to not get poop everywhere, its worth a shot. They arent that expensive. I could be something your eating that is making him poop like that. I know that cabbage made poop alot when I was breast feeding. Maybe talk to your pediatrican and see what he/she has to say.

Alexis - posted on 08/27/2009

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First, Pampers Baby Dry works great & so does Huggies snug and dry. But I also heard of putting the plastic covers over (The ones that are used for cloth diapers) the diapers works great from my mothers group! Also make sure you have the right size of diaper on.

Alexa - posted on 08/27/2009

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i swear by the babys r us especially for baby brand . my 11 month old 24pounds fits in them perfectly.no problems with blow outs lately.. trial and era i guess . good luck

Kathy - posted on 08/27/2009

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This does definatley get better the older they get. It worth buying the appropriate sized diaper also. I prefered huggies because of the elastic in back and it helped minimize the pop explosions. Also if your little one is bigger than most babies their age (70th percentile and above) the pound rating on diapers is somewhat missleading. If they are within a pound or two of the upper wieght limit move up to a bigger size diaper. I know this can be hard especially if you have a bunch on hand in the smaller size but you really need to do so. Give your stock to a friend with a smaller baby if possible if not bag them up and take them to a local food shelter. They will take them and pass them onto to someone in desperate need of them.

Susan - posted on 08/27/2009

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My first question is what is the size of the diaper in relation to the kid? Second, how tight or firm are you putting it on?

Carissa - posted on 08/27/2009

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We use cloth diapers and have had several friends make the switch to cloth for the same reason. There are several options that can prevent blowouts entirely, such as the jellyroll. Not sure if it would even be something you would consider, although they are easy to clean and save mega money over disposables. If you want to look into I reccommend checking out the Everything Cloth Diaper DVD it had tons of great info and helped me decide to make the switch!

Mandi - posted on 08/27/2009

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Quoting Tina:



Diaper explosions..



It seems that no matter what brand of diaper I buy - my little guy ends up with poop everywhere. He can be in a diaper for 5 minutes and if he poops - it's leaking out the side or it's exploded up the back. Any helpful suggestions?? I know BF babies have a looser poop than formula fed babies..but come on! Am I to deal with this for as long as I BF??




Angela - posted on 08/27/2009

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How old is your son? If he's 3+ months, then you may want to consider lactose intolerance. My son - who is now 18 months - had lactose intolerance as an infant and had the same issues your son is. At 3 months, BF or not, the stools should start to thicken and not explode everytime. My son has since grown out of his lactose intolerance and is drinking 2% milk, but I did have to switch him from BF to a lactose free formula until he a year old. I used Enfamil LactoFree Formula, I tried Soy formula and it made him constipated. The LactoFree formula is milk based, but all the lactose is taken out. Good Luck. Hope this helps.

Heather - posted on 08/27/2009

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I bf my two boys and had this issue, but my daughter is only on soy formula so haven't had any issues with her but I ended up at a specialist through the Air Force for the boys and it ended up being my diet that was contributing to the massive poop blow outs, I ate fairly healthy in the first place but had to cut out dairy and drink a ton of water. I used the oxyclean powder to clean sheets, clothes, etc. and it seemed to get everything out. Good luck :) .

Beth - posted on 08/27/2009

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Pampers Dry are the only ones that worked consistently. The Huggies don't sop up enough liquids. Even regular Pampers don't work as well as the Dry. Size does matter. Put em on snug around the legs.

ANNETTE - posted on 08/27/2009

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I have found that Sorbies are fantasic, both the night and the day ones. I am able to leave him in any Sorbies for as long as 12-14 hours and if put on correctly like every other nappy, I very rarely have a leakage of any type. Huggies are also good, but still find Sorbies the best.

Chalis - posted on 08/26/2009

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I know how you feel. My daughter's diapers were explosive and huge. What we found helpful was to wrap the tape lower on her belly, so that the backside had some space, pull the bands on the sides of the legs out so that they fluffed a little bit out. Finally, make sure that baby doesn't have a full diaper. We found that my little girl will explode out if her diaper has pee in it already. All of these things have helped us greatly. We went from 2 explosive nasty big diapers to about one a week that explodes out. Also, solids helped us out too.

Melissa - posted on 08/26/2009

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I hate to say it, but I went through the same thing with my little guy and there isn't anything you can do. I just kept a bucket with oxyclean in it and just threw the clothes in there until I did the next load of laundry. It is gross and a pain, but there isn't anything you can do, just know that it will eventually slow down and not be as bad, I promise. You won't have to deal with it as long as you BF. I BF for the whole first year and it really was only a couple of weeks that it went on around 3-4 months. Good luck!!!

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We have these issues once in a while no matter which diaper brand we are using. The diapers can only hold so much and sometimes it depends on how she is sitting or laying. I try to make sure that her diaper is the right size, on tight enough and is fitting her around the legs and around her belly.

Rochelle - posted on 08/26/2009

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Hi,
When my son was younger I used Pampers Swaddle diapers. Now that he is 9 months old I use the Pampers Cruisers. I find that Pampers worked best for me. I tried some of the other brands but they did not fit as snug. Hope this helps. Good Luck.

User - posted on 08/26/2009

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I have 4 children ranging from 10-2yrs, I have had that problem many of times. I tried different diaper brands and found that Huggies brand was the worst and Luvs was the best plus they are less expensive. I at one point had the leaking poop issue in the Luvs so I went a size higher and no more poopie mess. Good luck.

Kim - posted on 08/26/2009

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I had the same issue with my 2 month old. I switched to the next size up of diapers and haven't had any explosions since. My doctor said that when they start leaking out the sides it's time to move up a size.

Carla - posted on 08/26/2009

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So one of the nurses we had showed us a trick, not sure if you're doing this and still having the problem... but here it goes. I know it helps w/ both of my sons (2 1/2 and 5 mos). When you pull the diaper up over their little privates - there are 2 'tabs' - one internal w/ elastic & a outer one w/ a ruffle like look. The 1st one needs to be fully resting on their skin, this keeps the pee/pooh in. The 2nd outer layer somethings sneaks into that inner tab and that's when you have major issues. Now exploding out the back is a different story - just tighten the waistband. See if that works for you! Has for us, I'm still BFing and he has major explosions but no mess outside his diaper!

Jessi - posted on 08/26/2009

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I had the same trouble sometimes with my son, but it got better. I use Luv's and they do pretty good. It will especially get better when you little one starts eating some food to go with breast milk. I'd make sure the outer elasticy part around the legs was always pulled out as far as you can and make sure the tall part of the back doesn't get folded down. Make it tight, but not toooo tight, and good luck!

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My little boy was the same way. he's almost 10 months old now and it doesn't happen at all anymore because he's eating solids...but I seemed to be changing his outfit and clothes 5 times a day and then scrubbing his outfits. OxiClean laundry stain remover works great! So I don't think it's the size of diaper...there's just a lot of force in our little guys and it's gotta go somewhere! We used all different types of diapers and found Pampers to be best. and make sure it's tight around his legs.

Sarah - posted on 08/26/2009

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btw just read through my post and had a thought. by tight i mean around the legs. :)

also if your using huggies i would change to pampers. they seem to be the best for most things.

Amy - posted on 08/26/2009

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This would happen to my son when he was teething and it was a nightmare. Best suggestion I could give you is I've always had hiim in Pampers.....I tried Huggies once and he'd leak out so no more. Try going up one diaper size so it gives him more room and try to change his diaper right away after he poops because if you sit them down or put them in the car seat it squashes the poop and that pushes it out more, especially if it's loose. He's now going on 23 months and thankfully am past that poop up the back stage.......Hang in there mommy and good luck to you!

Yael - posted on 08/26/2009

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It's probably not the diaper. Give this a shot: take yourself off of dairy for at least 2-3 weeks. Completely off of dairy. (I mean, you can have baked goods with milk in them but that's it). It should make a world of difference. I had this with my first baby. No one told me it could be a cow's milk allergy. It's not normal, even for a breastfed baby to have explosive poops all the time. Soy might be an issue too if you consume it regularly. In the case of my 2nd baby, it's both cow's milk and soy and also goat's milk. I would say that if after 2-3 weeks of no dairy you see a difference then you can try introducing goat's milk dairy products (milk, yogurt, cheese) and see if that brigns back the explosive poops or not. Please keep me posted on how you are doing because if the no-dairy doesn't help I can give you other things to try as I am now an expert on baby food allergies. I am Yael Levin Sheldon on Facebook.

Sarah - posted on 08/26/2009

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ive breast fed my son since we was a new born and ive only ever had a couple leaks in his whole 11 month of life. i think perhaps its either that your putting your baby in diapers that are far too big and there is too much space at the sides and top of the diaper so its not protecting him. or your not putting his diaper on properly. they need to be high and fairly tight. not too high or tight that it rubs and there's sores but firm enough and high enough that they're not baggy and able to slip down.diapers are stretchy on the legs and waist so that there are no gaps and protect the baby from weaks but still are comfy enough for babies to wriggle around in. :)

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