How many baby diapers per day and month?

In collaboration with Rokiyah Hosen

Relecture professionnelle

It's one of the questions that many expectant mothers and parents ask themselves during pregnancy, especially those experiencing their first pregnancy: how many diapers does a baby use every day?

It's a practical question, because planning how many diapers your baby will need not only helps you stock up on diapers, but also helps you budget for diapers, which, as we all know, can be quite expensive.

How many diapers should I plan for my stay in the maternity ward?

Are you packing your suitcase for the maternity ward and wondering how many diapers you'll need for baby's first few days? Well, as a general rule, a maternity stay lasts 3 days, barring complications or special cases.

Specialists recommend that you change your baby's diaper every two to three hours, or at every feed or bottle-feeding, but you can change the diaper as often as necessary. In fact, a newborn baby generally has three bowel movements a day, and urinates every two to three hours.

Bear in mind thatprolonged contact with stool can irritate baby's skin, that bacteria in urine can cause urinary tract infections, especially in little girls, and that keeping a diaper wet can lead to the development of diaper rash. What is diaper rash? It's a fairly common skin inflammation that causes red, sensitive, blistered skin.

What's more, if you don't change your baby's diaper often enough, it can lead to accidents involving your baby's clothes, bed or car seat.

For maternity use, it's estimated that you'll need around 8 diapers a day, so a pack of 30 will suffice. This will give you enough diapers to be prepared for any accidents in everyday life, while not bringing an inordinate stock for your stay in the maternity ward.

How many diapers per day for a newborn (0-3 months)?

The official recommendations of midwives and pediatricians are to change a newborn's diaper every time he/she feeds/bottles (earlier when there is stool). Naturally, the frequency of diaper changes will follow baby's development.

A newborn baby feeds or drinks a bottle regularly, every three hours or so, including at night. This means changing every three hours (even at night!).

Babies don 't sleep through the night immediately. Babies are not all equal when it comes to the age at which they (finally) sleep through the night. Some take 9 months, others 3 months... But in general, it's estimated that after a month or so, babies start to space out their waking and feeding times, and sleep more at night. This means less frequent diaper changes.

For a baby who is not yet sleeping through the night, if he wakes up every 3 hours or so to feed, this means a change every three hours, i.e. 8 days a day, or 240 days a month.

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How many diapers do I need for a young baby (9 to 36 months)?

The number of diapers you need will change as your baby grows. As baby grows, feedings become more spaced out, bowel movements more predictable and infants urinate less frequently. Nights also become longer.

Even so, there's no precise answer to the number of diapers your baby will need. However, it is possible to get an idea of what is needed.

The bigger your baby gets, the fewer diapers he'll need

As your baby grows, the number of diapers he needs will decrease.

Generally speaking, at 9 months, your baby starts to eat the same menus as you, even if they're blended. By this age, many children are already sleeping through the night. It's estimated that at this age, the number of diapers is reduced to 5 or 6 a day (counting nights), which works out at around 150 a month.

The number of diapers needed per day is then gradually reduced, depending on each child's individual rhythm, but estimates give the following figures:

  • From 13 to 20 months, children use around 4 to 5 disposable diapers a day;
  • From 20 to 30 months, they use 3 to 4 diapers a day;
  • From 30 to 36 months, 2 to 3 diapers are generally sufficient.

In all cases, in the event of bowel movements, the child should be changed quickly to avoid maceration of the stool with the skin of the buttocks. This can lead to irritation, redness and even infection.

To avoid any kind of irritation, we recommend using organic diapers, which are much gentler on your child's bottom.

You can either change your baby's diaper as usual at feeding time, or make an extra change part of your routine.

Other factors can also influence the number of times you change your baby, such as the weather. Indeed, if it's warmer, your baby will drink a bottle of water and, potentially, the diapers will be filled more quickly. The diaper needs to be changed more regularly.

If you're breast-feeding your baby, you'll probably also need extra diapers.

So it's hard to predict a precise diaper-changing rhythm, because every baby is different, and several factors can also play a part in this figure.

Adapting diapers to your child's age and weight

As your little one grows, the size of diapers you'll need to buy. Depending on your child's age and weight, you'll need to choose a different diaper size.

Especially in the first few weeks of your baby's life, he tends to grow rapidly .

How many diapers does a baby need?

It's difficult to give a precise figure for the number of diapers a baby will use in his lifetime. But, if we consider an average with the examples we've seen above, we'd say that :

  • During the first two months of life, an infant uses around 240 per month.
  • From the 3rd month to the first year of life, it needs around 150 a month.
  • From the age of 1 to 2, this number is gradually reduced to 120 per month.
  • And finally, from 2 to 3 years of age, depending on the child's cleanliness, he'll need just one more, for night-time use.

This gives us a range of 3800 to 4800 diapers, depending on the age at which your baby becomes potty-trained.

Think ahead about the number of diapers per month!

To avoid running out of diapers for your baby, it's important to keep an eye on your stock. But you shouldn't plan for too much stock either, because as baby grows, the size you need to use is no longer the same. What's more, diapers represent a significant financial cost! Considering the average price of a diaperit makes more sense to buy them often than to stock up on diapers that your child will no longer be able to wear.

In fact, as explained above, many things can influence the frequency of diaper changes, such as the weather, whether or not your baby is breast-feeding, whether or not your baby sleeps through the night quickly, when he or she starts to diversify... In short, many factors can influence the number of diapers to be used per day.

And, quite simply, the number of diapers varies from baby to baby, because everyone is different.

To be on the safe side when it comes to the number of diapers to use, you can adopt the subscription delivery system: you can choose how often you want to be delivered, as well as the size you need.

Of course, the aim is to have enough diapers, without having to carry a lifetime's supply!

How many diapers per month for twins?

If you've just had twins, or if you're expecting twins, you'll need to double the number of diapers. Bear in mind that your babies may evolve in different ways: one will be potty-trained quickly, while the other will still be using a lot of diapers: every little one is different. Twins evolve at different rates. It's the same for diaper sizes: when one child moves up to the next size, the other may still be in the next size down.

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After 3 years: the start of potty training!

Finally, when your baby reaches the age of 3, he'll be potty-trained, meaning he'll be able to fill his potty on his own and gradually use far fewer diapers. Some children will be potty-trained by the age of 2, while others will take much longer. Again, this is an average and every child is different.

When your child is old enough to tell you when he wants to go potty, you can switch to the training pants. This is a more ecological alternative to the classic diaper.

Indeed, some people will often reuse the same diaper when their child has gone potty in time (if it's still clean, of course), in which case we recommend switching to training pants, or washable diapers. What's more, it's also a much more economical and ecological alternative.