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How many diapers a day should I change?

Congratulations on your beautiful newborn! You know that part of being a parent includes the inevitable diaper changes – and they are many! During the first two years of your baby’s life, you’ll feel you spend a lot of your time changing diapers. Now, the good news is that it takes only a little time to change him, especially with practice. Also, keep in mind that the number of wet and dirty diapers you change a day may give you a good indication of your baby’s health. That is, if you don’t change enough wet diapers it can indicate that your little one is dehydrated and if you don’t change dirty diapers, he might be constipated.

How many diapers a day should I change?

Before he is 1 month old, your newborn will probably wet about 6 or more diapers and soil about 1-4 diapers daily! With this in mind, you will be changing around 7-12 diapers a day, a total of 320 diapers per month. So many diapers! It is advisable to start buying a few different brand diapers to see if you like them and if they are a good fit for your baby. When you find your favorite brand, estimate costs, look for coupons and buy them when you have the opportunity to save as much as possible (expenses can add up!). On the other hand, if you use cloth diapers, make sure you have more than 12 clean diapers ready every day. Remember it’s important to change a diaper as soon as you notice it’s wet or dirty. It’s often hard to notice a wet diaper when it’s disposable because it usually won’t bother your baby, so it’s important to check the diaper often.

Choosing diaper type: Cloth vs. Disposable

When choosing your baby’s diapers, you have two options: cloth or disposable diapers. This is a very personal decision, and no one should try to convince you to choose either. You can try an option and then switch, or use both types of diapers, alternating between them.

Disposable diapers:

Most disposable diapers are equipped with an absorbent layer to keep your baby’s waste away from his skin to avoid irritation, chafing, or leakage (although sometimes it’s unavoidable). There are many brands of disposable diapers, which over the years have improved to be more comfortable and lightweight. There are also eco-friendly options that help reduce the amount of diapers that reach landfills.

PROS

• They are convenient, especially when you’re out and about.

• Don’t need cleaning, you simply throw them away.

• Easy to change.

• Very absorbent, your baby may require fewer changes.

• Good for preventing leakage.

CONS

• They are not the greenest option, despite the existence of eco-friendly disposable diapers.

• Most contain chemicals (that have not been proven to be harmful) but some parents prefer their baby to not be in contact with them.

• They are expensive.

• Their absorption capacity prevents discomfort, so compared to cloth diapers, it can be more challenging to transition to underwear when potty training.

Cloth diapers

Cloth diapers today are not like the ones used by our grandparents. Today’s diapers are highly modern, and there are many different types varying in absorption and texture. In some countries there are diaper cleaning services or you can wash them at home.

PROS

• There are many choices of fabrics and designs to choose from.

• You can save money – especially if you wash them at home.

• They are environmentally friendly.

• They don’t contain chemicals.

• It may be easier for your little one to say goodbye to cloth diapers, making the transition to underwear smoother when potty training.

CONS

• Their absorption capacity is less, compared to disposable diapers.

• They can be difficult to clean.

• Washing them at home is time consuming and may increase the cost of electricity and water.

• Hiring a cleaning service can be costly.

• When you change your baby’s diaper and you’re not at home, you need to store the dirty diaper in your diaper bag.

How many diapers will my baby use after the first month?

Your baby is already one month old and you’ve had plenty of practice changing diapers – you’re just getting started! During the first two years of your baby’s life, you’ll feel you spend a lot of your time changing diapers. However, the good news is that with practice it only takes a little time to change them. Similarly, remember that the number of wet and dirty diapers you change are a good indication of your baby’s health. That is, if you don’t change enough wet diapers, it might mean that your little one needs more hydration, and if you don’t change dirty diapers he might be constipated.

How many diapers a day should I change?

After the first month, your baby will wet about 4-6 diapers a day. You’ll also notice that you’ll change less dirty diapers as bowel movements decrease, there might not be one every day. As long as you don’t see that your baby feels pain or his feces are hard and dry, he is not constipated. On the other hand, if you think your baby is constipated, don’t hesitate to contact your pediatrician and he’ll guide you through it.

With this in mind, you will be changing around 4-10 diapers a day, about 240 diapers per month. So many diapers! For this reason, it’s advisable to start buying a few different diapers to see if you like them and if they’re a good fit for your baby. When you find your favorite brand, estimate costs, look for coupons and acquire them when you have the opportunity to save as much as possible (they can get expensive!). On the other hand, if you use cloth diapers, make sure to have more than 10 clean diapers ready every day to meet your child’s needs. Remember it’s important to change a diaper as soon as you notice it’s wet or dirty. It’s often hard to notice a wet diaper when it’s disposable because it usually won’t bother your baby, so it’s important to check the diaper frequently.

How many diapers will my baby use every day?

During the first two years of your baby’s life, you’ll feel you spend a lot of your time changing diapers. However, the good news is that with practice it only takes a little time to change them. Also remember that the number of wet and dirty diapers you change are a good indication of your baby’s health. That is, if you don’t change enough wet diapers, it might mean that your little one needs more hydration, and if you don’t change dirty diapers he might be constipated.

How many diapers a day should I change?

After the first few months have passed, your baby will probably wet and soil around 8 diapers a day, which adds up to 240 diapers per month. So many diapers! So it is recommended to calculate costs, look for coupons and buy them when you have the opportunity to save as much as possible. On the other hand, if you use cloth diapers, make sure to have more than 8 clean diapers ready every day to meet with your child’s needs. Remember it’s important to change a diaper as soon as you notice it’s wet or dirty. It’s often hard to notice a wet diaper when it’s disposable because it usually won’t bother your baby, so it’s important to check the diaper frequently.

Changing my baby when we’re out and about

Isn’t it great to go on outings with your little one? To parks, restaurants, shops or other public places; it is fun to go out with your baby! The only minor drawback is the inevitable diaper change, and where to do it.

Where can I change my baby?

When you’re out with your baby, it’s a good idea to locate the restrooms around you, in case there’s need for a diaper change. If there’s a family bathroom where you are, you’re in luck! These spaces are private, so you can have all the room you need for you and your little one. If there is only a regular bathroom, check to see if there is a changing table that meets your standards of hygiene.

What do I do if there is no changing table in the bathroom?

Most public toilets are equipped with baby changing tables, but unfortunately, in some places that is not the case. Or there might be a table, but it’s hygienic conditions are not acceptable. If you come across any of these situations, we suggest trying the following options:

• Search for another bathroom with an appropriate changer.

• If there is no other changer, you can place a plastic or disposable changer on the changing table or on any area suitable to change your little one like:

o your stroller

o a bench

o your lap

o the trunk of your car, if the surface is wide and flat

What do I need to have in my diaper bag to change my baby on an outing?

• Plastic bags for clothes and dirty diapers

• Wet wipes

• Clean diapers

• Cloth or plastic changer, preferably cushioned

• Single use protective sheet

• Antibacterial gel for your hands

• A distracting toy

• Change of clothes

Finally, remember that it’s important to make the process comfortable for your child. Try to place a cushioned cloth or little mattress changer under him, so that he doesn’t feel the hard surface. Remember to distract him with a toy, play, or tickle him in order to make this moment pleasant and fun for both of you.

What is a diaper rash and how can I treat it?

Diaper rashes are very common in babies. Despite your efforts of changing diapers frequently and cleaning his bottom really well, your baby may experience it. The good news is that it is generally easy to treat and it can be cured in a few days.

What are the causes of diaper rashes?

Rashes occur when bacteria, moisture, fungus, soap scum, feces and urine are mixed in a diaper. These components, along with the natural body heat can damage the top layer of the skin, resulting in a rash. Other causes include prolonged exposure to a dirty diaper and the use of antibiotics which eliminate both good and bad bacteria, sometimes leading to infection. The introduction of new products, such as cleaning or detergent wipes, lotions, or new baby powder, may irritate the skin. Likewise, the introduction of solid foods will change the components and frequency of feces.

What does a rash look like?

When a baby has a diaper rash, the skin in the diaper area looks swollen, irritated, and red.

How do I treat a diaper rash?

To treat a diaper rash, it is very important to keep your baby’s skin as clean and dry as possible. If you use wipes, try to reduce their use or avoid using them at all while skin is reddish, even if they are hypo-allergenic. Instead, clean the affected area with water and cotton, gently patting the skin without rubbing it. After cleaning, don’t forget to let the skin dry completely. Once your baby is dry, put on a new diaper. You can opt for a slightly larger diaper and loose clothing so that the diaper is not too close to the skin, and it stays dry.

You can apply protective cream that doesn’t contain fragrances, preservatives, or ingredients that can irritate your baby’s skin or be harmful when absorbed. It’s best to choose a mild cream containing zinc oxide. Consult your pediatrician, he will recommend the best options. Remember not to use home remedies without first consulting your doctor.

When should I consult my pediatrician?

If the rash doesn’t improve in 3 or 4 days; and pimples, blisters, pus, or a fever appear, don’t hesitate to consult your pediatrician. Especially if the rash spreads outside of the diaper area or you see that rash is severe.

What can I do to prevent a diaper rash?

• Change your baby’s diapers often.

• Avoid diapers with high absorption (these are usually changed less).

• Avoid using too many baby wipes.

• Let skin dry out completely before putting on a fresh diaper.

• Wash your hands before and after changing a diaper.

• If your baby uses cloth diapers, make sure they are very clean, and the detergent used is mild, fragrance-free, and rinse them out twice.

• Make sure your baby’s diapers are not too tight so that the skin can breathe.

How-To: Change your baby’s diaper

When changing your baby’s diaper there isn’t a right way to do it, you just have to find the right way for you and your little one. Here are some pointers that may help you master the diaper change.

 

Preparation

Preparation is key before changing a diaper, so make sure that you:

  1.  Don´t forget your essential supplies. During a diaper change, always make sure you have wipes or baby washcloths, depending on what you use to clean your baby’s bottom. In addition, remember to keep a diaper cream, powder, or petroleum jelly nearby, especially if your baby is prone to rashes. And of course, never forget to restock your diapers; you don’t want to go out in the middle of the night looking for a store that sells your baby’s special diapers.
  2. Keep all your diapers supplies close by and easy to access. Sometimes things can get really hectic at home and when it’s time to change your baby’s diaper you may forget the baby cream or even the diapers!
    Thinking about leaving your baby on the changer while you go for a diaper can be really risky, even if he has a safety strap on. So always keep everything you need near the place where you usually change his diaper.
  3. Locate a clean, secure, and warm spot to change your baby. Safety always comes first when choosing a location for diaper change! It is important that you select one where your baby won’t fall down easily. Try to use a diaper-changing pad, a changing table , or  simply lay down a blanket on the floor or on a bed.
  4. Always wash your hands before and after you change your baby’s diaper.  Your baby’s hygiene has to be one of your main priorities. Remember that you are cleaning stool and it can get everywhere. Before you know it,  you may even get some in your face!  In fact, some pediatricians even suggest that your baby’s hands should be cleaned after you change his diaper. Whether your baby has actually touched something during his diaper change or not, it’s still a good idea to wash his hands once you’re done.

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