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What is your worst baby poop moment while traveling?

Laughter is good for the heart. Share a crazy story from your travels with kids that involved poop. On Feb 28, we'll select the funniest story and send you a box of pull ups or diapers.

asked on February 10, 2009 02:31

When our son was about 18 months, we took a 5 hour flight to Toronto. With less, diaper changes needed during the day, I was packing less and less in our "diaper bag." Of course about 30 minutes into the flight, he had explosive poop. Thank God I had wipes and diapers. However, the lovely skid marks on his clothes were definitely not fit for sitting in for another four hours and of course I didn't have an extra set of clothes. My poor son basically spent the remaining four hour ride in just a diaper and zip-up hoodie. Hot! Definitely not a high point in my career as a mom. :)

on February 10, 2009 14:07
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We were visiting the majestic Sydney Opera House and we were sitting in the opera room, listening to our guide when my then 3 months old daughter had a huge and smelly bowel movement. My neighors said nothing but they must have thought they were so unlucky.
And we got up, I pressed too much on her stomach and she threw up on the beautiful floor.
We still laugh abou t it.

on February 11, 2009 21:58

i love your daughter's grand performance at the opera house and her parting finale. that is truly worth a standing ovation. bravo!

on February 12, 2009 00:57

My husband, hubby's mom and I were traveling with my kids who were 2.5 years and 6 months back to the states from visiting Switzerland. Just after take off, I told my mother in law to check the 2.5 year old because I could smell a dirty diaper and it wasn't the baby. She checked but didn't seem to think it was him. I asked her to check a couple of minutes later when the smell didn't go away and she put her hand on his back which was covered in poo. It was all over the airplane seat, seatbelt and all over him. The worst was that I somehow had only diapers for the baby but had all his diapers in the luggage and had no change of clothes for him. Thankfully the airlines carried the right size diapers and he enjoyed the rest of the plane ride in his coat and diaper. I was thankful that the customs officer didn't ask him to get out of his stroller as we were going through!

on February 12, 2009 10:07

Oh my gosh! What a disaster Ally. Thanks for sharing the story. I'm commiserating with you. I'm still thinking of my poop story. I think I have amnesia ..but do have a throw up story for a different time.

on February 12, 2009 14:10

My husband and I were flying back home after visiting my family in New England with our one year old son. I changed his diaper before boarding to get him all ready for the flight. As we were sitting on the tarmac getting ready for take off, I heard his tummy rumbling. As the plane started to take off, he had the so called explosive poo! It went up his back, down his legs - All over. Because we were still ascending, we couldn't get up. I rang my flight attendant call button and was told I couldn't get up for 20 min. But, after explaining the situation, and of course the smell!, We were allowed to go back to the bathroom to change him. That was another experience. My husband held the trash bag and I threw the diaper and clothes at him.

on February 16, 2009 12:41

mjschubert- Yowzers! Sometimes you just need to do what you need to do even when the plane is taking off. Glad that they let you change him. Hope you didn't hit your husband with the diapers and clothes. :)

on February 17, 2009 00:12

You know what, all these stories are really making me think twice about letting my kids eat cheerios off the airplane seat. I mean, what's the cleaning procedures. I think someone should take samples and examine what creepy crawlies are lerking in airplane seats. We'll have to send some Trekaroo detectives out there.

on February 17, 2009 00:14
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Is there something about the flight that causes explosive poo? My daughter had a nasty one when she was one. I had to throw her clothes away in the restroom of the airport in Washington DC, and ran out of baby wipes to clean her up. Boy, am I glad those days are over.

on February 24, 2009 17:09
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Oh dear! Any suggestions, tips, insightful ideas for what to do when your baby goes poo on the plane? My last travel was a nightmare, I didn't know what to do... those plane bathrooms are sooooo tiny? HELP!?

on February 08, 2010 09:05

Most planes have a bathroom that has a changing table. It's small, but it's manageable. Just don't bring your whole diaper bag in. When you pack, I would recommend having a small ziplock bag with a couple of diapers and a small pack of wipes, antibacterial wipes and thin changing pad/cloth diaper (to lay down on the changing table). They less you have with you in that bathroom the better. You could also take baby's clothes off before heading to the bathroom. But don't even think of changing a poopy diaper at the seat. I tried changing a pee diaper once and got told off. I know....shouldn't have even tried...but like you I wasn't excited about taking baby into that germy bathroom.

Be vigilant about cleaning your child's hands. There have been so many times that I've flown with our kids and they have had really soft stool because of all the germs they were picking up. And it's nasty to have spoiled clothes to change on the plane.

If you're traveling with a toddler, practice changing your toddler while they are standing up. Instead of trying to lay a tall child on the small changing table, it's easier to close the lid of the toilet and have your child stand on the toilet seat cover while you change them.

Bananas are a fantastic travel food if you pack them correctly so that they don't get mushed in your bag. Feed you kid a banana before you head the airport and then another one while you are on the plane. Hopefully that will help to firm up their stool and you can keep messy stools to a minimum.

on February 08, 2010 09:28

We were at Disneyworld with my husband's family when my son who was 10m old got sick. It was absolutely miserable. We were in Animal Kingdom when all of the sudden I realized that he was covered in poop. It was coming out of the diaper, down his legs, up his back...everywhere. We found a bench (directly under a T-Rex I might add) and changed him. Luckily I was prepared with lots of clothes and diapers but sheesh. It took forever to get him cleaned up. Everyone walking by stared and had a comment. I think some tourists even took some video of us. By the time we were done we had made a bigger mess so we had to clean up the bench and surrounding area. To make matters worse, it happened three more times that day and continued through the the hotel room...that we were sharing with my brother-in-law and his wife, and my 17 year old about a great lesson in what parenthood is really like!

on February 10, 2010 20:31


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