- The Math
- The Cost
- The Bottom Line
A new parent may feel like they need to stock up on diapers, but how many do they really need? We break it down by day, week, and month so you can be prepared.
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If you’re a first-time parent, the number of diapers you need can be daunting. Do you stock up on every size? What if your baby has a blowout? (It happens.) How many should you have on hand, and how often should you do laundry?
How often do newborns poop?
How often do newborns poop? For the first few months, baby will have at least one dirty diaper for every feeding. Newborn stools are usually soft and may be runny. Baby will typically have a bowel movement after each feeding, but it’s not unusual for some newborns to skip a day or two.
As baby starts to eat solids, stools will become more solid and less frequent. By the time baby is 6 months old, he or she may only have a bowel movement every other day or even once a week. This is perfectly normal as long as stools are soft and easy to pass. If you see any signs of constipation in your baby, such as hard stools or difficulty passing stools, be sure to talk to your pediatrician.
How many diapers will you need per day?
You’ve just welcomed a beautiful baby into your home and life. You’re sleep deprived, elated, and probably a little bit scared too. There’s so much to think about and learn! One of the things you’re probably wondering is how many diapers you’ll need to get through each day.
The answer, unfortunately, is that there is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. Every baby is different, and therefore will have different daily diaper needs. However, there are some averages that can give you a general idea of how many diapers you’ll need to purchase.
The average newborn will go through about 10 diapers per day during the first few months of life. However, some babies will use as few as 6 diapers per day, while others may use up to 12 or more. As your baby gets older, they will start using fewer diapers each day, until they are eventually toilet trained and no longer require them at all.
Of course, these are only averages – your mileage may (and probably will) vary! The best way to know for sure how many diapers you’ll need each day is to simply keep track of how many your baby actually uses. Once you have a good idea of their average daily diaper usage, you can then purchase accordingly.
How many diapers will you need per week?
The average baby will use anywhere between 2,500 to 3,000 diapers in the first year. That comes out to about 10 diapers per day. A diaper calculation that might be easier to conceptualize is that you will probably use about 70 diapers per week for the first few weeks and taper down to 40 or so by the end of the first year.
On average, a baby will use between 2,500 and 3,000 diapers in their first year. That comes out to about 8 to 10 diapers per day. At an average cost of $0.20 per diaper, you can expect to spend between $500 and $600 on diapers the first year.
How much do diapers cost?
No matter what type of diaper you use, you can expect to spend between $70 and $80 per month on diapers for the first year. Disposable diapers are more expensive than cloth diapers, but these costs level off after the first few months.
How often do you need to buy diapers?
On average, a newborn baby will go through about six to eight diapers a day, which means you can expect to spend about $70-$80 per month on diapers. Of course, this number can vary depending on the type of diapers you choose and the size of your baby.
How much will you spend on diapers in a year?
On average, a baby will use between 2,500 and 3,000 diapers in their first year. That’s a lot of diapers! And a lot of money. The cost of diapers depends on a few factors, including the type of diaper, the brand, and where you buy them.
Disposable diapers are the most popular type of diaper and they come in a wide range of prices. The least expensive disposable diapers might cost as little as $0.17 each while the most expensive can cost as much as $0.48 each. The average cost of a disposable diaper is $0.33 each.
If you use disposable diapers, you can expect to spend between $500 and $1,500 on diapers in your baby’s first year. The exact amount will depend on how often you need to change your baby’s diaper and how much you spend on them per diaper.
The Bottom Line
New parents are often surprised at how many diapers a newborn goes through in a day. The average baby will use between six and twelve diapers a day, which can add up to a lot of laundry! diaper manufacturers typically recommend stocking up on between two and three days’ worth of diapers, depending on how often you do laundry.
How many diapers do you really need?
No two babies are the same, which means some will use more diapers than others. The only way to know for sure is to wait until your baby arrives and see how many diapers they go through in a day. However, there are some general guidelines you can follow to get an idea of how many diapers you’ll need.
The bottom line is that you’ll need about 60-70 diapers per week for a newborn, and fewer as your baby gets older. This means you should have at least 210-280 diapers on hand at all times. But don’t worry if you don’t have that many right away, you can always stock up as needed.
What if you run out of diapers?
It’s every new parent’s nightmare — you’re out of diapers, and your baby needs a change. But don’t worry, you’re not the first parent to face this dilemma, and you certainly won’t be the last. So what do you do?
First, take a deep breath. It’s going to be okay. We promise.
Now, let’s take a look at your options.
If you’re at home, and you have a spare diaper or two, great! You can use those until you can get to the store.
If you’re out and about, see if there’s a nearby store where you can buy more diapers. If not, don’t panic — most baby Changing stations are stocked with diapers in case of emergencies like this. All you need to do is ask the attendant for help.
Finally, if all else fails, improvise! A clean towel or piece of clothing can work in a pinch (just make sure it’s clean and dry). And remember: this is only temporary. Soon enough, you’ll have a fresh pack of diapers and everything will be back to normal.