How often should I change my baby’s diapers?

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New parents are often surprised at the number of nappies a baby can use in a day! When I had my daughter, I used about 6 diapers per day. As she grew older, it reduced. To help you understand how often you should change your baby’s diapers, follow these guides.

Newborn nappy changes

Your new baby will pee just a few times in the first couple of days; then, as you start producing more milk and she feeds regularly, it will be every one to three hours – around 10-12 times each day. In the same way that you both – hopefully! – become settled into a feeding routine, you will soon see how often she pees.

The number of times a baby has a poo can vary quite a bit. For the first weeks, breastfed babies will do so more often than bottlefed ones, possibly after every feed.

The usual times for changing are in the morning, after every feed and before putting her down for the night, but if she’s feeding very often, you may not need to change her each time. It’s worth changing her after a night feed even if it disturbs her (although practice will make you good at doing it quietly); if not she may wake up – and wake you up! – again because she is uncomfortable.

Nappy changing after the first month

As your baby grows and takes more at each feed, she’ll produce more pee. Being wet doesn’t seem to make babies uncomfortable, so if you don’t check you may not realise she needs changing. You can feel for wetness with a clean finger, but a disposable nappy may not feel wet unless it’s soaking. The number of times a baby poos will change after the first month or so, and your baby will go less often; some breastfed babies only go once a week, whereas bottlefed ones may poo more often.

Babies usually show signs of discomfort when they have a dirty nappy. It’s also the combination of poo and wee that can cause nappy rash, so it’s important to change them promptly.

If you get distracted while you’re changing your baby  – always take your baby with you; don’t leave her on her own.

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