How many Diapers will I need for my Newborn?

Newborn:Diapers.IconIn the first couple of months, you may find yourself changing diapers up to 10 times in 24 hours. Diapers should be changed whenever they are wet or soiled. Your baby will often (but not always) let you know. With a super-absorbent disposable diapers, you can tell if it’s wet by feeling for lumps in the absorbent material.

Here are some common times for changing diapers:

  • Right before or right after every feeding
  • After every bowel movement
  • Before bedtime
  • When your baby wakes up
  • When you go out with your baby
  • If none of the above events happened, change every 3 hours.

 

Dirty diapers: In the early days, baby typically has one dirty diaper for each day of life (1 on day one, 2 on day two…). After day 4, stools should be yellow and baby should have at least 3-4 stools daily that are the size of a US quarter (2.5 cm) or larger. Some babies stool every time they nurse, or even more often–this is normal, too. The normal stool of a breastfed baby is loose (soft to runny) and may be seedy or curdy.

During the first 4 days of your baby’s life, you can expect an increase in wet diapers and stools each day.
Day 1: 1 wet diaper and 1 black, tarry stool
Day 2: 2 wet diapers and 2 brownish-black tarry stools Day 3: 3 wet diapers and 3 brownish to green stools (the stools should be getting lighter in color)
Day 4: 4 wet diapers and 4 greenish to yellow stools

Wet diapers: In the early days, baby typically has one wet diaper for each day of life (1 on day one, 2 on day two…). Once mom’s milk comes in, expect 5-6+ wet diapers every 24 hours. To feel what a sufficiently wet diaper is like, pour 3 tablespoons (45 mL) of water into a clean diaper. A piece of tissue in a disposable diaper will help you determine if the diaper is wet.


 

2 to 6 weeks

Dirty diapers: Expect 3-4+ stools daily that are the size of a US quarter (2.5 cm) or larger. Some babies stool every time they nurse, or even more often–this is normal, too. The normal stool of a breastfed baby is yellow and loose (soft to runny) and may be seedy or curdy. After 4 – 6 weeks, some babies stool less frequently, with stools as infrequent as one every 7-10 days. As long as baby is gaining well, this is normal.

Wet diapers: Expect 5-6+ wet diapers every 24 hours. To feel what a sufficiently wet diaper is like, pour 3 tablespoons (45 mL) of water into a clean diaper. A piece of tissue in a disposable diaper will help you determine if the diaper is wet. After 6 weeks, wet diapers may drop to 4-5/day but amount of urine will increase to 4-6+ tablespoons (60-90+ mL) as baby’s bladder capacity grows.


After 6 weeks

After 6 weeks, you can expect 4-5 wet diapers a day and around 2 or 3 dirty diapers per day. My son is currently 14 months old, and we get 4 wet diapers a day and 2 dirty diapers a day, which is after every solid meal I feed him. It has been this way since he was almost 7 months old.

Download printable Quick Reference Card that you could put up on your refrigerator.


 

 How many Diapers should I buy?

From Pampers.com/ Amazon.com
From Huggies.com
From Babies R Us

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Download printable Quick Reference Card that you could put up on your refrigerator.
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