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Cloth Diapers 101: “Why does my baby have blowouts?”

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Almost every mother has had the awful experience of a baby blowout. That one instance that baby has not only soiled the diaper, but it was come right up and out the back or through the legs of the diaper. Baby’s outfit can’t be salvaged, and in the worst instances, it has seeped through onto whatever baby is sitting on.

Why do blowouts happen? It’s an easy answer: it’s all in the diapers you use. Here’s what to look for to avoid the stress and mess of a baby blowout:

Choose the right diaper size

Sometimes, a blowout is simply the result of an ill-fitted diaper. One-size cloth diapers usually have separate snaps for the waist and legs, so it is easy to ensure that there are no gaps for your baby’s bowel movements to leak out. That said, however, one-size diapers are meant for babies all the way up to 35 pounds, so it may not be the ideal fit for your newborn. We suggest investing in a set of newborn cloth diapers to use until your baby has grown into the one-size, if those are the diapers you choose.

Stay away from super slim-fitting diapers

We know that overly slim-fitting diapers are more fashionable under your baby’s leggings or skinny jeans, but that style is canceled out after a blowout. To best avoid leakage,  bigger is better. A fuller cut diaper with more coverage will give you what you need — a little more than a slim fitting diaper. Remember, if your baby poops and is sitting down, that mess will squish sideways and up. And if that diaper isn’t covering as much as possible, it’s coming out onto that trendy outfit.

It’s all in the elastic

If the elastic in your cloth diaper isn’t tight around baby’s legs, a blowout is basically unavoidable. Unfortunately, many cloth diaper manufacturers use elastic that will wear out before your baby is out of diapers, meaning the diaper will no longer fit snugly. Look for a cloth diaper with elastic that has a lifetime guarantee. After all, if the elastic wears and the diaper leaks, what’s the point?

With the right cloth diaper, you can avoid blowout all together. Find the diaper that best fits your baby with the most coverage and not only will you have a happy and clean baby, but happy parents and clean clothes!

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