If you haven’t read those antenatal books until now, then your cutie’s diaper usage might startle you. It’s no doubt that a baby goes through a lot of diaper sessions. And this might often make you wonder how many diapers does a baby use in a day actually?

Okay, so before I tell you the count, as a mom, let me make you aware of a few things. The way a baby pees and poops is a whole different from what we adults do. So, if you were thinking that it’s all the same, then you are 100% wrong.

To be honest, the first year right after your delivery can be very demanding—a time when you’ll not just be struggling with your little one’s feeding but also repetitive diaper changing schedules. I know that’s not easy and is no fun. Been there and experienced that!

Note: My aim of writing this isn’t to frighten any newbie-parents. It’s rather to help you prepare mentally and further, handle your cutie’s diaper changing requirements wisely.

How Many Diapers Does a Baby Use in a Day & Month?

So, let me tell you approximately how many diapers does a baby use in a day. There’s no precise count because every baby is different. However, on an average, this is the number of diapers your baby will need as per his or her age:

Newborn to 1 Month

Diapers required per day: 7 - 10 on average

A newborn baby tends to use more diapers when compared to older babies. So, if your little one is within 1 month of age, you might have to change his or her diapers 7 to 10 in a day. This is the age when your baby might have at least 3 – 4 bowel movements on a daily basis and pees after each feed. So, have a good branded baby diaper handy.

1 – 5 Months Old

Diapers required per day: 4 - 9 on average

When your little one turns 1 month old, you might see a few soiled diapers. You will also notice that your baby might need up to 4 – 9 diapers per day. However, if your baby is on breast milk, then he/she might have excess soiled diapers than a baby who’s on formula milk.

Note: Breast milk is not only healthy but also super easy to digest. So, this means more poops as well as soiled diapers.

Above 5 Months Old

Diapers required per day: 6 - 8 on average

Babies that are 5 months old usually tend to have a few bowel movements when compared to the time they were younger. So, during this age, you can expect your baby to use up to 6 – 8 diapers in a day.

Age Chart (Up to 1 Year): How Many Diapers Does a Baby Need Per Day

Baby’s Age

Diapers per day on average

Diapers per month on average

Newborn – 1 month

7 – 10 diapers 210 – 300 diapers

1 – 5 months

4 – 9 diapers

120 – 270 diapers

5 – 9 months

6 – 8 diapers

180 – 240 diapers

9 – 12 months5 – 8 diapers

150 – 240 diapers

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When to Change your Baby’s Diaper?

Once your baby’s diaper is soiled or wet, you will have to change it because bacteria from his or her feces and urine can cause serious infections and rashes.

So, this means that you will have to check your baby’s diaper periodically. See if it’s wet or soiled. I always change my son’s diaper right before feeding him because a baby often pees or poops after eating. Also, do this before putting your baby to sleep because waking him or her up in the middle of the night won’t be a good idea.

Note: You will see a newborn’s diaper soiled every 2 – 3 hours.

Here are few signs that clearly indicate that it is time for the diaper to be changed:

  • Baby cries: If your newborn is crying, then it could be a sign that he or she is feeling wet or something uncomfortable down there and needs the diaper to be changed.
  • Bad odour: Bad smell or odour from the baby’s bottom is yet another key indicator that your baby’s diaper needs to be changed. I feel that this is a quite definitive way to check if the diaper change is in order.
  • Jelly-like movement: You might find this funny but this trick works. Just jiggle your baby’s diaper from the front and see if there’s any movement. If you can feel or sense a jelly-like movement and if it is wet, then change it.
  • Just open the diaper and look: Yeah, as simple as that! Just open your baby’s diaper and have a quick peek to see if it’s soiled or not.

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About the Author

Poojitha Vivek

I’m a proud mom, wife, granddaughter, daughter, writer, and shopaholic. Well, the most apt title depends on the time of my day. My husband Gowtham and I have a lovely son—Aryan who came into our lives in July 2018.While I was growing up, I never really thought of having kids, other than just acknowledging that I wanted to have them "someday." Since that "someday" is right here, I'm happy to tell you that I’m enjoying my motherhood. I enjoy writing about my experiences, sharing all those tribulations, joys, and trials of my parenting journey with you.

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