A Tale Of Two Kiddies

My first son rarely pooped. He could go a week or so without pooping, and it was a dream for us. My parents were convinced something was wrong with him and he needed medical care, or at least laxatives, but our pediatrician assured us it was normal, especially in breast fed babies. Kids are all over the map, and there are five-times-a-day poopers, and once-a-week poopers, and frankly, we felt blessed to be on this end of the spectrum.

Then our second son was born, and he was on the other side of the bell curve. No, not just on the other side…he was beyond the other side. He didn’t just poop, he exploded. Every single time he soiled his diaper, every single time, it would literally burst out of his diaper and up his back, ruining his clothes. We would have to change his entire outfit each time, and couldn’t leave the house without multiple diapers, wipes and outfits.


We thought changing diaper brands would help, but we tried them all, and it didn’t make a difference. It was him. It was his poop. He would sometimes erupt while he was sitting in his car seat, ruining the fabric. It would often would ruin one of our outfits as well (like a pretty summer dress I was wearing while holding him once when he poop-combusted). It was unbelievably stressful, and lasted for a good six months. It seemed like it would never end.

But it did. I don’t know when, and I didn’t even realize it happened until one day, over a year later, I turned to my husband and said “Remember the explosive poopies? We never thought it would end.” He said “Huh, yeah, those were bad,” and we went back to whatever it was we were doing. At the time it seemed so life altering, stressful, and never ending- we had to plan our days knowing we couldn’t be that far from home or someplace we could stop and change our son, we had to stock ourselves with multiple changes of clothes, and we had to keep lots of antibacterial gel everywhere.

And now, we barely remember it. We sure as heck take for granted that he is now a twice a week pooper. It’s a good thing he’s so cute, otherwise it was inexcusable.

What are your diaper tales? Do you have funny stories or memories of a diaper gone very wrong?

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  • Hmm, I can’t think of one off the top of my head but it has been quite sometime. Your son looks like he could be quite the rascal!ReplyCancel

  • Donna

    There were definitely some messy diaper incidents when my son was a baby, but the thing that comes to mind most is my son pooping in the bathtub. :)ReplyCancel

  • I guess mine were just normal. There was always the occasional explosive one, but rare. :)ReplyCancel

  • This post made me laugh until the tears were coming.

    When our first was born my husband was very hesitant and timid to change her diaper. I kept encouraging him and once said, “Come on it’s just a pee. Change her.” He did. W-e-l-l…she wasn’t done. She had some explosive poops too and this time she seemed to just keep going and going. My poor husband didn’t know what to do and all I could do was stand at the doorway and laugh and go fetch the camera. It’s one of the funniest memories for me. I am sure my husband would DISagree. ;)ReplyCancel

  • Oh well, Gavyn my stubborn boy. Refused and I mean refused to poop on the potty. He was a spring/summer potty trainer so we’d go outside and play. He would pull down his pants, sit in the yard, or driveway, or sidewalk or anywhere and poop. UGH. Anywhere as long as it wasn’t the potty. This took a good year. Talk about frustrating!ReplyCancel

  • Oh my goodness! I bet that was stressful having constant, explosive poopie diapers. Glad for you all it only lasted six months.ReplyCancel

  • My youngest son is the “explosive” type as well due to a very sensitive stomach. Sometimes its just plain awful and I never thought I would be able to get him to poop in the potty but we’ve been working off and on on training and he’s doing REALLY well! I will be happy once the diapers/training pants are COMPLETELY gone though.ReplyCancel

  • I remember when my daughter was a little girl she use to always take off her diaper and poop would be everywhere. Luckily those days are now gone lol.ReplyCancel

  • Both our girls were breast fed and had very similar daily pooping habits. They did have times when they’d explode up the back or out the sides. For us it was partially the diaper brand that was the problem. We eventually found one that held even the worst poopies in. I can’t imagine having a twice a week pooper. That would worry me too much. That gets all packed in their colon and causes distension and later hemorrhoids.ReplyCancel

  • My three kids are all fairly close in age and I had two in diapers on more than one occasion. There was even a time I was pregnant while having to be on double diaper duty, and I was infamous for gagging and getting sick during changes! Those were the days.

    Sidenote: Only moms can laugh and bond over poop stories!ReplyCancel

  • I remember when my son was a toddler he was at one of those play centers and pooped while he was in a tunnel. LOL It didn’t come out of his diaper but man oh man, was the stink trapped in there!ReplyCancel

  • lol Awww I have a few funny stories of my own to tell and after 4 kids and changing so many more I could probably write a bookReplyCancel

  • Your picture says it all. I have many explosive tales to tell.ReplyCancel

  • LOL == yeah, ours were all poopers. They still are. I WISH they only went twice a week!ReplyCancel

  • My first son went multiple times a day, but not massive blowouts like those- we had a few of those & boy were they memorable. This new little guy seems to go almost exactly every 48 hours, but we’ll see how long that lasts.ReplyCancel

  • They are lucky we have selective parental memory…lolReplyCancel

  • I went to my youngest daughters’ 2 year well child check appointment last week and commented to the pediatrician how much things change between baby one and two. With your first you have so many questions about what’s normal and with your second, you know there’s such a huge range for normal.ReplyCancel

  • Just a time or two when I got a shower I didn’t intend to take LOL.ReplyCancel

  • I don’t have many diaper stories, other than the boys using their diapers as paint during nap times a few times. lolReplyCancel

  • Raijean

    I agree, the cute ones are always the most trouble…sighReplyCancel