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How Many Diapers a Day Does My Baby Need?

How Many Diapers a Day Does My Baby Need

The design of disposable diapers has your convenience in mind due to their cheapness.

Although buying bulk can be cheap, costs will pile up and your baby’s room space will shrink as you buy more for them.

So, how many diapers would you need as your baby matures, and what can I do to have an easier time?

This guide will elaborate and give tips on how to be efficient with your diapers.

How Many Diapers a Day Does My Baby Need in the First Year?

How Many Diapers a Day Does My Baby Need in the First Year

During their first month, newborns need around eight to ten diaper changes daily, needing more as they mature.

By the time they reach three months, your baby will have gone through around 700 diapers, needing a change every two hours daily.

A baby would use an average of 2200 diapers during their first year alone, hence the need for stockpiles.

The silver lining is that after six months, your baby would use only five to six diapers a day as your baby learns to exert more control over their bladder.

From my experience with cloth diapering, you will always need diapers on hand.

Some parents only use disposables during the first month as they will use newborn diapers in bulk to match their baby’s bladder.

I recommend keeping at least 20 newborn diapers on hand daily during the first month. However, you must remember that your baby won’t use them for too long.

How Many Cloth Diapers Does My Baby Need?

How Many Cloth Diapers Does My Baby Need

First, you need to ask yourself, “How much laundry are you willing to do?” as that will be your basis for how many cloth diapers you need to buy.

Most families would have around 24 cloth diapers, but smaller families can get by with around 14 but need to wash them daily.

On average, a newborn baby would go through 8-12 diapers per day, depending on each individual.

After much trial and error, many parents have a favored diaper brand to stockpile.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Every baby is unique; some brands fit your baby more than others.

Some brands sell smaller diapers than others, and the best ones can last as your baby grows. Remember that some baby weights overlap between different diaper sizes.

Larger babies need a bigger option, while longer ones would fit a smaller diaper.

  • Size 4 diapers are for babies between a year and a half to three years old, but parents don’t stock these until a baby is around two. During this period, these toddlers tend to soil around five to seven diapers a day as they go from 22 to 37 pounds.
  • Size 5 diapers are for toddlers weighing around 27 pounds and heavier as they turn three.
  • Size 6 is the largest size most brands can make, as these diapers are for toddlers aged four and up.
  • Size 7 diapers are uncommon as they are for older toddlers weighing around 41 pounds.

How Much Do Diapers Cost?

Disposable diapers aren’t cheap, regardless of brand and package size. Expect a big investment sum over the years.

An average diaper would cost around Php 12 to Php 17. Keep in mind that a baby can use around 2,500-3,000 diapers during their first year.

New parents would spend around 28,000-50,000 diapers for a consistent annual supply.

This sum excludes other diapering supplies, such as wipes or changing tables; the variants would also be more costly.

Fortunately, cloth diapers can save you around Php 84,000-111,351 in diapers for two years.

The only caveat is you’ll have to wash them constantly. Fortunately, there’s always the option of using a diapering service through social media.

Tips for Building a Disposable Diaper Stash for Your Baby

Tips for Building a Disposable Diaper Stash for Your Baby

Based on my experience and from stories I have heard, here are some tips that would help you manage and grow your diaper stash.

Focus on Your Baby’s Weight

Newborn diapers fit babies around nine pounds, and newborns gain around three pounds during their first month.

I recommend considering a switch after the first few months, typically after using around one or two packs of newborn diapers (around 120-240 pieces).

This is because your baby may outgrow the newborn size within the initial weeks or move on to Size 1 diapers.

1. Consider Your Baby’s Growth Rate

In my experience, investing in Size 1 and 2 diapers for your stash would be best.

Size 1 and 2 diapers can carry your baby up to 18 pounds until their first year before switching to Size 3.

However, this applies from brand to brand on how large their standard diapers are.

A rough guide for how many boxes or packs of diapers you would need goes as follows;

  • One or a pair of newborn-size bags, usually 128 per pack, as babies will only be this size for a month (You will be doing an average of eight diaper changes daily).
  • Four or five bags of Size 1s, A bag would hold 168 units as babies will be in Size 1s for three months (You will have an average of six to nine diaper changes daily).
  • Five boxes of Size 2s; A bag can hold around 148 units as babies will be in Size 2s for the next three months (You will need six to nine diaper changes daily).
  • Eight boxes of Size 3s, A pack would hold around 136 units as babies will be in this size for a baby’s first year (You will do an average of five diaper changes daily)

2. Your Baby’s Gender May Play a Role

A baby’s gender will be important as male babies tend to grow into Size 1s around four weeks and Size 2’s in around four months.

Female babies would grow into Size 1s around six weeks in and Size 2s between four and five months.

New parents need to be aware that male babies have more peeing accidents while on the changing table.

I recommend you place a cloth or wipe over your dirty male baby to keep you dry and not waste diapers.

There is no clear evidence of whether either gender uses more diapers, but many parents say male babies do, depending on who you ask.

3. Buy Bulk

When buying in bulk, you must choose whether your brand packs diapers in bags or boxes.

Bags can store more diapers than boxes, so new parents usually get bags for newborn-size diapers to avoid excessive ordering.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Online retailers have subscribe-and-save options for discounted diapers.

After your baby transitions from newborn diapers, you may find that using boxes becomes more practical than bags. Boxes tend to be more cost-effective, with a lower per-diaper cost compared to bags. Please see the comparison below:

  • A bag of Size 3 diapers (26 counts) typically costs around Php 19 per diaper.
  • A box of Size 3 diapers (124 counts) averages around Php 16 per diaper.

4. Baby Registry Reserve

You can register a year’s worth of diapers in many ways.

An easy method is to have your immediate relations give you a set for your baby shower. You can apply for a diaper subscription service or set aside money as a baby diaper cash fund.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some advice and tidbits that you should know regardless of your experience as a parent;

How Are Baby Diapers Sized?

Remember that we base diaper sizes on weight instead of the baby’s age. After all, too-tight diapers are a gateway for chafing and diaper rashes.

The categories go as the following;

  • Preemie: Up to 5 lbs
  • Newborn: Up to 9 lbs
  • Size 1: 8 – 14 lbs
  • Size 2: 12 – 18 lbs
  • Size 3: 16 – 28 lbs
  • Size 4: 22 – 37 lbs

IMPORTANT NOTE: When your baby is between two different diaper sizes, you can size up early.

How Do I Know if My Baby’s Diaper Is a Good Fit?

Experienced parents recommend that you check their belly button to ensure your diaper fits your little one.

A fitted diaper should only be underneath a baby’s navel.

When you fasten a baby’s diaper, you must slide two fingers around the waistband and your baby’s stomach area.

The diaper should look straight and proportional on your baby. Then, check on the elasticity of the diaper’s legs for any gaps.

You can run your finger under the cuff to ensure it’s lying.

How Many Baby Wipes Does a Baby Use in a Day?

It usually depends on how often your baby poops, but you need to wipe it three or four times a day after every diaper change.

However, wet diapers are different because you don’t need a baby wipe after every change.

Urine that has been recently released is not as irritating to a baby. 

Modern diapers are also ultra-absorbent and can hold a huge capacity. This means the urine rarely touches your baby’s skin unless there is wicking within the diaper.

Parents would tell them that they save their wipes for cleaning up dirty diapers of the poop variety.

They also believe that a wet washcloth or moist tissue can do the same job as a damp baby wipe.

Is It a Good Idea to Stock Up on Diapers?

It’s always a good idea to stock baby diapers, but there are other factors besides baby weight and brands to consider.

Consider the space available, as Sizes 3 and 4 diapers will cover most of your stash.

Size 3 diapers can last five to 25 months, while the Size 4s can last between 18 and 36 months.

Stocking up on the Size 1 diaper is always a good idea, as babies can skip newborn-sized diapers.

This is because Size 1 diapers are for four months and up and have a long period of time.

Overstocking on expensive diaper brands your baby outgrew is a nightmare.

How Often Should I Change My Baby’s Diaper?

Parents recommend changing your baby’s diaper every two to three hours.

Waste of any variety can irritate a baby’s sensitive skin in their diaper area and cause a rash.

During the first few weeks, baby poop tends to be highly acidic, and stagnant urine can cause irritation.

Hence, consistent hygiene and a supply of fresh and dry diapers are important.

During overnight sleeping, you generally don’t want to disturb your baby’s sleep to change them save for a leak.

You can keep your baby nice, dry, and rash-free with the following tips;

  • Use the most absorbent diaper available for long overnights to absorb any bed-wetting.
  • You should ensure your baby’s diaper isn’t too tight, as this can contribute to the occurrence of diaper rashes.
  • You can add doublers or extra inserts using cloth diapers for more absorbency.
  • Add a thick layer of zinc-oxide-containing barrier cream to prevent diaper rashes.
  • Petroleum jelly also works well against diaper rashes.

SIDE NOTE: You don’t need to wash the diaper cream off the diaper unless it’s for poop; layer the cream as needed.

Conclusion

You will always need a large stockpile of diapers, either of the cloth or disposable variety.

As your little ones continue to grow, they will have increased diapering needs. It’s essential to have an always-ready supply of fresh diapers for quick changes and cleanings.

However, it’s important to note that high-quality diapers and disposable options can be costly investments.

Nevertheless, the costs are worthwhile, as they ensure that our little ones grow up in comfort and receive the care and attention that parents provide.

Nayna Llenos
Nayna Llenos

Hi, I’m Nayna!
I’ve always wanted to be a mother, and I’m lucky and blessed to have two wonderful children to care for and love.
Despite this blessing, there are times wherein I do wonder if I truly am the mother my children need. Am I giving them the right food, care, and discipline to them?
But that is the beauty of parenting — you grow along with your children as they flourish to be their wonderful selves!
I wish to share my experiences with motherhood and how these tips can help you in your parenting journey.
I hope my advices and experiences will prove useful to you and that you have a smooth and wonderful journey as a mother!