How Many Diapers a Baby Uses by AgeAugust 12th, 2009 · 7:00 am · Category: diapers
When you’re pregnant everyone will tell you how much money you’ll spend on diapers, but until you’re throwing those things in the garbage, it won’t hit home. Here is a guideline about how many diapers your baby will use in a day by age.
How many diapers a newborn uses
Your newborn should wet her first diaper by the end of the first day and it should increase to about 5-6 per day by the end of her first week. Wet diapers is the #1 way to know that your baby is not getting dehydrated. It is important to track diaper counts, carefully, in the first few weeks of your baby’s life. Not only is it important to make sure your baby is getting enough breast milk or formula, but your pediatrician will also ask you how many wet diapers and how many dirty diapers your baby is having. It always helps you feel like a more confident new mom when you don’t have to tell your doctor “uhhh…I’m not sure.”
Your baby should have 3-4 dirty (aka poopy) diapers a day by the end of the fourth day. You should no longer see meconium by the end of the 5th day.
Make sure you know the meaning of the various colors of poop for your baby, too.
How many diapers a 1-3 month old uses
Your 1 to 3 month old will still wet 5-6 diapers per day (or more), but dirty diapers could start to space out. If you breastfeed your baby, she may poop after every feeding (mine did!) or go up to a week without pooping! This is just fine. If you are formula feeding, though, it’s easier for your baby to get constipated, so if your baby does not poop for 2-3 days, you probably want to call your pediatrician.
How many diapers a 4-6 month old uses
The number of diapers a 4 to 6 month old uses doesn’t change much from 1 to 3 months, but if you start solids in this time-frame, expect the contents to change! It will smell more than breast milk or formula poop, too. Many people start with rice cereal which is notoriously constipating (we started with oatmeal for this reason), so make sure your baby is still having a dirty diaper at least every 3 days, if he’s eating solids.
If your baby is sleeping through the night, don’t worry about changing any diapers at night anymore. If she is not, you may want to change one wet diaper a night with a feeding and always change a dirty diaper to avoid diaper rash.
How many diapers a 7-9 month old uses
Expect your 7 to 9 month old to wet 5-6 diapers per day (or more) and again, dirty at least one every 3 days. Now that your baby is eating more solids, if she is constipated, make sure you offer a sippy of water (for practice with the sippy and to help constipation) and focus on “p” foods such as pears, prunes, and peaches.
How many diapers a 10-12 month old uses
Your 10 to 12 month old will also wet 5-6 diapers per day, but you might notice they space out a lot more with dry diapers between. If your baby is still not sleeping through the night, it is most likely not due to diapers and you may want to help your baby sleep better.
How many diapers a toddler uses
Most toddlers won’t be potty trained until past 2 and as old as 4 (especially boys), so your toddler will still be going through 4-5 wet diapers a day and pooping every 2-3 days. They do learn to space out peeing more, so hopefully you will be going through fewer diapers.
But, what size diapers?
The size diaper you use at any given age will vary baby to baby and just depend on his size. If your baby is in the 50th percentile, you will most likely be following the weights on the packages very closely. Most newborns outgrow the newborn size diaper very quickly, so don’t stock up on those too heavily. Some babies go home skipping that size! If your baby is leaking during the night, try going up one size just at night and see if that helps.
How many diapers does that mean in the first 2 years?
For fun, let’s do some math (ok not fun for all of us) and figure out about how many diapers this is in the first two years of your baby’s life:
Let’s assume only 1 wet diaper is also dirty at any given day. Most dirty diapers are also wet. Here goes the math.
6 wet diapers per day for 730 days = 4,380
1 dirty diaper every 2.5 days for 730 days = 292
1 “oops I changed a diaper that wasn’t wet or dirty because I’m a new mom” diaper for the first month = 30
*Note: If your baby will go to daycare, most have a rule they have to change a diaper every 2 or 3 hours whether it’s wet or dirty, so you may want to add a diaper a day here and there to the total.
If you were to buy the extra large boxes of 160 diapers a box for about $40, you’d be looking at about 30 boxes for a total of $1200 in diapers for the first 2 years. Scary, huh? For fun, track your baby’s diapers, so you can see if we’re right or wrong.