Baby Diapers: How many should you use per day?

During the first days after delivery, you will be changing your newborn’s diapers quite often such that it may seem to be an inconvenience. Either way, you still have to do it because you cannot bear the thought of your baby crying due to discomfort.

Keeping count of the number of diapers your baby soils is an indicator of their health. When planning for your newborn that is on the way, you need to know the approximate number of diapers your baby will use per day. If possible, you can even get the diapers for free in readiness for the arrival of your bundle of joy.

Very few wet diapers could be an indicator that your baby is hydrated or there could be another health issue bothering your baby. The absence of soiled diapers shows that your baby could be suffering from constipation or issues of the digestive system.

Having enough wet or soiled diapers is a clear indicator that your baby is getting enough to drink and eat every day and there is absolutely no cause for alarm about their health.

Determining how many diapers to use per day, according to age

There are several ways that you could use to determine how many diapers your baby should use per day. The numbers of diapers used by babies should vary according to the age of the baby. Under age, babies should use diapers in the following manner.

A newborn to a month old baby

For children whose ages fall in this range, it is normal to have at least six wet diapers daily. They normally have about four bowel movements per day. In the first month, it is normal for a parent to change about ten wet or soiled diapers per day.

Over one month old baby

Babies of this age also have four to six wet diapers every day. Their bowel movements decrease upon turning one month old. They tend to be soft since your baby is feeding on only breast milk or formula milk. Babies fed on formula have firmer stool which is less frequent compared to babies who feed only on breast milk. Their stool is frequent and soft.

Determining the Right Time to Change your Baby’s diapers

Basically, you should change your baby’s diaper immediately they get soiled. Bacteria and urine can cause rashes to your baby’s skin. The rashes will cause your baby discomfort since they are very painful and treating them is difficult.

It is therefore right for you to change your baby’s diapers before feeding her or him and as soon as they are soiled. However, waking your baby up in the middle of the night to change their diapers is inappropriate especially when they are not awake for a meal. Changing your baby’s diapers prior to every feeding session during the night is commendable.

For newborn babies, it is only normal for them to have their diapers wet one to three hours within 24 hours. During the day, their bowel movements are random. It is common for them to have bowel movements during the feeding process or immediately after being fed. Wet diapers do not cause your baby too much fuss, and so it is your duty to keep checking.

If you are using disposable diapers, knowing the extent to which they are wet could be hard because they are highly absorbent.

The Best Way to Change Your Baby’s Diapers

In order to change your baby diapers correctly, you will need to know how to go about it. While the baby diaper changing process may seem easy, I can confess that I really had a hard time trying to master the process.

I used to get it all wrong almost all the time. Well, I did my research and perfected the art and I have decided to share with you how to change both the disposable and cloth diapers which are not so common nowadays.

Step by step procedure on how to change a disposable diaper

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How to clean up

Put your baby’s cloths on after changing the diapers, but if there was a leakage, you could change his outfit. As you clean up, ensure that your baby is at a safe place. The soiled diaper should be taken to the toilet and rinse out excess movement of the bowels and urine.

Tips on changing diapers

  • Folding the front of the diaper for newborns is important. You need to keep this up till the umbilical stump gets completely healed.
  • Thoroughly clean your hands with water and soap before and after changing your baby’s diapers. Hand sanitizer will also serve you well.
  • Babies do get wriggly as you change their diapers. You can give them a toy to play with so that you can distract them and keep them calm as you change their diapers
  • Always ensure that you have a washcloth when you are changing a baby boy. You will place it on his penis to avoid getting sprayed with urine.
  • Practice makes perfect, and so you should practice as many times as possible so that the diaper changing process can get simpler over time.
  • Be calm and patient as you change your baby’s diapers because if he notices that you are nervous, there is a probability of getting fussy during a diaper change.
  • Ensure that you keep track of the number of diapers you use. The number of diaper changes can help you monitor your child’s health because you can know if they are having sufficient fluids and food.


Changing your baby’s diapers as soon as they get soiled will give you and your baby peace. Ensure that you get the right material to use during changing time and have a toy for your baby to keep him busy to avoid wriggly movements.

Practising often will give you an upper hand when it comes to changing your baby’s diapers because nervousness will make your baby get playful which will make diaper changing difficult. I hope you now know how many diapers your baby should use per day, ensure that you change your bundle of joy’s diaper when appropriate.

Kristi Cathey

Hi everyone! My name is Kristi Cathey and I’m glad you found your way to my blog. I am a mother of 3 beautiful angels. This blog was created in order to share my personal experiences in baby care and general health care for pregnant women. If you'd like to get in touch with me, please contact me by sending me an email via Welcome to

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