In search of some great diaper blowout hacks? Then you’ve come to the right place. Preventing diaper blowouts only takes a few adjustments in your normal routine with your baby during diaper changes. So keep reading if you want simple tips on how to prevent diaper blowouts.
How to Prevent Diaper Blowout
The following tips give you an idea of how to avoid diaper blowouts on your newborn. We will go into each one further down. If you need tips on dealing with a diaper blowout once it already happened, we will cover that too!
Tips to avoid a blowout:
- Change your baby’s diaper frequently.
- Make sure the diaper is secure, no gaps, and not too tight.
- Assess the fit of the diaper. It should be snug and rest right below the belly button.
- Make sure diaper cuffs are pulled out.
- Wait a couple of minutes after the poop face to change your baby.
- Use a blowout blocker.
- Try a different brand.
- Consult your pediatrician to see if you should change your diet (if breastfeeding) or your baby’s formula.
Why Diaper Blowout Happens
There are a few different reasons why diaper blowouts can happen. For the first year of your baby’s life, their main source of nutrition is going to be breastmilk or formula. Having a diet of little to no solids leads to runny poops.
Runny poops are completely normal for babies but when they aren’t contained properly. This is what leads to a poopy mess all over the place which is considered a ‘diaper blowout’. Mustard yellow poop all over your sweet baby is not a pretty sight, but sometimes inevitable.
There are some great tips on how to prevent poopy messes.
1. Change Diaper frequently
Change your baby’s diaper frequently in order to prevent a diaper blowout. A wet diaper can result in a less absorbent diaper, so when your little one poops in an already wet diaper it ends up just leaking out since the diaper isn’t absorbing the wet poop.
Are newborn blowouts normal?
Newborns don’t have a regular schedule of when they expel pee or poop, so it is important to change them often. This is why newborn blowouts tend to be normal because they are so unpredictable. You could change their diaper then they pee right after a fresh diaper is put on.
If you don’t check or change them often they will then poop on top of the pee and it could lead to a messy poop. Newborns urinate up to 20 times a day and around 4 poops a day. So they need to be changed a least every 2-3 hours and checked at least every hour.
2. Make Sure the Diaper is secure.
The diaper needs to be secured properly in order to prevent blowouts. The tabs should be secured so that the diaper fits around your baby’s middle with no gaps. It should be snug but not too tight. It should also rest right under your baby’s belly button.
Most diapers actually have a guide on where to fasten the tabs too. Look for the little colorful lines on the front of the diaper.
How to put on a diaper so it doesn’t leak
To prevent leaks a diaper should be put on snugly and fastened so that the diaper rest just below your baby’s belly button. You may think that pulling up the diaper will prevent leaks, but if it is too tight then there is nowhere for pee or poop to go but up or out.
Making sure the diaper is fastened at or a little below the belly button makes sure there is some room to contain everything. Make sure you are also changing the diaper frequently so that the diaper doesn’t soak through and leak.
3. Assess the Fit of the Diaper
The diaper should fit snug and never cause red marks on their belly or thighs. If you notice red marks when taking your baby’s diaper off then it is time for a bigger size. There should also be no gaps in the back and the diaper should rest on your baby’s back while giving plenty of room.
How to tell if diaper is too big
A diaper is too big if the diaper has to go well above the belly button to go on. The tape tabs should not have to meet in the middle for a diaper to fit. The tabs should meet at the indicated marks on most diapers.
Another way to tell that a diaper is too big is seeing a large gap in the back where the diaper meets your babies back. It should fit snugly along their back.
Do blowouts mean the diaper is too small?
Frequent diaper blowouts can be the indicator that their diaper is too small. If a diaper is too small the diaper may not be covering their butt as much as it should so poop will escape. Or your baby is expelling a volume of pee or poop that their diaper is no longer equipped to handle.
Red marks around the middle and on their thighs can also be an indicator that their diaper is too small. The diaper cuffs on their legs should not be so tight that they create marks.
4. Make sure diaper cuffs are pulled out.
This was one of the main reasons I ended up getting diaper blowouts on my babies. I would forget to insure the cuffs are pulled out! The poop would just end up leaking out no matter how little poop there was.
It was a lifesaver when I figured this out. Make sure the cuffs are pulled out all around their legs. When you put the diaper on they can fold up sometimes and get tucked in. So make sure to pull them out after fastening the diaper to prevent any future mess.
5. Wait a couple minutes after the ‘poop face’
There are a couple of reasons to wait a few minutes before you run to change them. One is that more often than not, there is more coming. My daughter would always have 2 poops right after the other. So if I changed her after the first poop face I was in for a big surprise during the diaper change.
I learned to just give it a minute for her to be completely done. Another reason is to let the poop get a little absorbs so it is not so runny. Diapers are incredibly absorbent and help to make runny poops a little more manageable once they absorb a little of it.
Changing too soon can have it all seeping out the second you move your baby and pick them up. Especially if they are sitting, it could make it just squish up more. Give it a minute and you can prevent unnecessary messes during diaper changes.
Why is my baby having so many blowouts?
There are several reasons why blowouts occur. If you have exhausted all of the above tips and your baby is still having diaper blowouts there are a few more things you can try.
Excessive blowouts may be happening because your baby may be expelling a large volume of poop all at once, the brand of diapers may not be working, or your baby may have an underlying allergy.
6. Use a blowout blocker
A blowout blocker is great to use if your baby just seems to be pooping a lot more than the diaper can hold. Some babies go less frequently but more at one time leading to blowouts.
The Diaper blowout blocker can be used with any brand disposable diaper. It is an extender that fastens to the diaper and extends up the back in order to absorb any mess that may leak out.
This one is machine washable and can fit newborns and babies up to 9 months old. There are also disposable diaper extender pads. Same concept as above. It is a pad that sticks right to the diaper to help absorb anything leaking out the back of the diaper.
7. Try a different brand.
Try a different brand of baby diapers. The diaper may not be fitting your baby’s body the way it should. Or the diaper is just not absorbing as well as they should. You can also try overnight diapers during the day if you just need a little more absorbency.
Best Diapers for Preventing Blowout
I loved Pampers Swaddlers when my babies were small. They worked great for me. The only times I had issues with blowouts were from forgetting to pull out the leg cuffs and when the diaper was too small.
I have also heard great things about Huggies Little Snugglers. They actually have a little pocket in the back that is supposed to catch blowouts and prevent them from leaking out.
Huggies Snug and Dry is a great option for overnight protection or if you need a little more during the day. They absorb super quickly and can hold a lot! I used these for overnight with my kids and had no issues.
8. Consult your pediatrician
If your baby is continuing to have frequent blowouts after adjusting the above things you should consult your pediatrician. Your baby may have an allergy that is causing excessive poops.
They may have you adjust your diet if you are breastfeeding or switch their formula if they are bottle-fed.
If your baby develops a rash on their bottom be sure to treat it with a cream or butt paste. Aquaphor, coconut oil, and Desitin are all great options for diaper rash. If the rash becomes severe consult your pediatrician.
Note: Always consult medical advice from your pediatrician or health care professional if you are concerned about any change in your baby’s routine. These are my opinions only and should not be considered medical advice.
How to Deal with a Diaper Blowout
Poop explosions are going to happen. In the beginning, it is through trial and error that we find out what diapers work best for our baby. During that time you may experience a few blowouts.
The best tip for dealing with diaper blowouts is to be prepared! Have supplies handy in your car in case you have a blowout while you are out. I always carry a cleaning kit in my car with an extra pack of wipes, a couple of big zip lock bags for poopy trash and clothes, and a towel to lay down while cleaning them.
How to clean a diaper explosion
If you are at home the easiest thing to do is removed all the soiled clothing and give them a quick shower or bath. If you don’t have access to a bath or don’t have time for it you can still easily contain the mess.
- Have a trash bucket or bag ready and open.
- Lay down a towel or a washable changing mat.
- Wipe up as much as you can before removing anything.
- Remove their clothes down off their body, not over their head. Onesies are made to do just this! (Ever wonder why the shoulders on onesies look the way they do?)
- Keep wiping everything down.
- Once you open the diaper try to contain as much as you can in the diaper before removing.
- Don’t be shy with wipes!
- Wipe quickly and efficiently until your baby is wiped down. (They will be squirming, but you got this!)
- Throw the whole mess away and set aside soiled laundry to spot clean once the baby is dressed.
- Put on a fresh diaper and change of clothes (that you ALWAYS have in your diaper bag)
- Once you can rinse out soiled clothes in the tub and get as much as you can out.
- Treat with a spot cleaner or soak in warm water with Oxiclean.
- Try out all the tips above to avoid any more diaper blowouts. Good Luck!