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How many diapers a day should I change?

adult changing a newborn's diaper

Key points:

  1. Changing diapers is an inevitable part of parenting, especially in the first two years of a baby’s life.
  2. The number of wet and dirty diapers changed per day can indicate a baby’s health and hydration status.
  3. Newborns typically wet 6 or more diapers and soil 1-4 diapers daily, requiring around 7-12 diaper changes per day.
  4. It is advisable to try different diaper brands before settling on a favorite and to take advantage of coupons and savings opportunities.

Congratulations on your beautiful newborn! You know that part of being a parent includes the inevitable diaper changes -and there are many of them! During the first two years of your baby’s life, you’ll spend a lot of time changing diapers. Now, the good news is that it doesn’t take long 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 one 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 money 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.

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