How Many Diapers Do I Need for a Baby?

Get an estimate of how many diapers you’ll need for your baby, based on information about diapering frequency and your baby’s age.

Checkout this video:

The Three Main Types of Diapers

There are three main types of diapers- cloth, disposable, and Training pants. Cloth diapers are the most economical and eco-friendly option. Disposable diapers are the most convenient option but can be expensive. Training pants are a good option for toddlers who are learning to use the toilet.

Cloth Diapers

Cloth diapers are the original diaper choice. For generations, they have been made of natural fibers such as cotton, linen, and hemp. Cloth diapers come in many different shapes and sizes. The most common are prefold and flat diapers. These types of cloth diapers must be fastened with diaper pins or secured with a Snappi before being put on baby. There are also fitted cloth diapers, which have closures (usually Velcro or snaps) and do not require pins or a Snappi. All cloth diapers must be worn with a water-resistant diaper cover to prevent leaks.

Pros:
-Can be reused multiple times, which saves money in the long run
-There is no risk of exposure to chemicals

Cons:
-Extra laundry is required

Disposable Diapers

The most common type of diaper is the disposable diaper. Disposable diapers are made of layers of synthetic materials that are absorbent. They are available in a range of sizes, and most brands offer disposable diapers in both Generic/White and Fashion colors. The average baby will use between 2,500 and 3,000 disposable diapers in their first year.

Hybrid Diapers

A hybrid diaper is a combination of cloth and disposable. The name “hybrid” comes from the fact that it’s a combination of the two main types of diapers – cloth and disposable.

The hybrid diaper has a waterproof outer layer with a removable, washable inner cloth liner. The liner is where the absorption takes place. There are various designs of hybrid diapers, but most have some type of hook and loop (velcro) or snap closure.

Advantages:
Lowest cost per wear (since they can be reused)
Easier to use than cloth diapers
Disadvantages:
More expensive than disposables upfront
Not as easy to use as disposables

How Many Cloth Diapers Do I Need?

Depending on how often you want to do laundry, you will need a different number of cloth diapers. If you want to do laundry every day, you will need around 24 diapers. If you want to do laundry every other day, you will need around 36 diapers. If you want to do laundry once a week, you will need around 48 diapers.

Newborns

As a first time parent, you may be wondering how many diapers you need to purchase for your newborn baby. The answer is – it depends. Newborn babies will typically use 8-10 diapers per day during their first few weeks of life. However, this number can vary depending on the frequency of feeding and wetting, as well as the size and absorbency of the diaper.

If you are using disposable diapers, we recommend purchasing at least 3-4 packages of newborn size diapers. If you are using cloth diapers, we recommend purchasing at least 24-36 diapers. This will ensure that you have enough clean diapers for your baby, even if there are a few accidents along the way.

Additionally, we recommend having a few dozen diaper liners on hand to ensure that your baby’s skin stays clean and dry. Liners can be placed inside cloth or disposable diapers to absorb wetness and prevent irritation.

Finally, don’t forget to stock up on wipes! Baby wipes are essential for keeping your infant clean and preventing diaper rash. We recommend purchasing a package of wipes with at least 80 sheets per package.

Infants

You can never have too many cloth diapers, but if you are just starting out it is recommended to have at least 24-36 diapers. This will give you enough diapers to wash every 2-3 days and have a nice rotation. If you plan to use cloth full time it is recommended to have at least 48-60 diapers. This will give you enough to wash every 3 days or so and not run out of clean diapers.

If you are using prefolds, you may need more than the minimum number suggested because they do not last as long as an all in one diaper or a pocket diaper. It is also important to have a good stock of cloth wipes. Wipes can be made from old receiving blankets, cut up t-shirts, or purchased new. You will need at least 2 dozen wipes to start out.

Toddlers

For children who are primarily in diapers during the day, you will need fewer diapers than if your child is in them both day and night. A good rule of thumb is that children use about 5-6 diapers per day on average. So, if you are only diapering during the day, you would need 20-24 diapers per day. However, if you are diapering both day and night, you would need 30-36 diapers per day.

How Many Disposable Diapers Do I Need?

A new baby means lots of dirty diapers. On average, a newborn will go through about 10 diapers a day. That’s about 70 diapers a week! But of course, every baby is different. Some will use more, some will use less. It’s impossible to say for sure how many diapers you’ll go through.

Newborns

Depending on the brand, you can expect to use anywhere from 2,500 to 3,500 diapers in your baby’s first year of life. That averages out to about 30 diapers per week or 10-12 diapers per day.

During those first few weeks, you’ll probably find that you go through more diapers than usual because newborns tend to urinate frequently (as often as every one to three hours) and have frequent bowel movements (usually after each feeding). Once your baby starts sleeping for longer periods of time and has fewer bowel movements, you’ll probably use fewer diapers.

Most newborns will need to be changed between eight and 12 times a day. If you work outside the home, you may need to increase that number so that someone can come in and change your baby while you’re gone.

Infants

On average, a baby will use six to 10 diapers a day in the first few months, and then three to five diapers a day until they’re potty trained. That’s 2,920 to 3,650 diapers in the first year! You can use our calculator below to get a more personalized estimate of how many diapers you’ll need.

If you’re using disposable diapers, you’ll need to restock your supply every week or two. A good rule of thumb is to buy one package of newborn-size diapers for every two weeks you’re expecting, and then move up to the next size as your baby grows. You can also talk to your pediatrician or other parents to get their recommendations on what brand and size of diaper works best for their babies.

Toddlers

Most parents find that they need fewer diapers when their child enters the toddler stage. At this age, your child will likely be having fewer and less frequent accidents and will be able to stay dry for longer periods of time. You may find that you need as few as 4-5 diapers per day, though this will vary depending on your individual toddler’s potty habits.

How Many Hybrid Diapers Do I Need?

A lot of factors go into how many diapers you will need for a baby including whether you are using disposables, cloth, or a hybrid of the two. If you are using a hybrid system, you will need to have enough diapers for both systems. You will also need to factor in how often you want to do laundry.

Newborns

On average, newborns use 10 to 12 diapers a day, which means you can expect to go through 70 to 80 diapers in a week. Since you’ll probably want to have a few days’ worth of diapers on hand at any given time, that means you’ll need to purchase between 210 and 240 diapers in total. Of course, every baby is different, so it’s important to keep an eye on your little one’s output (both how many times they poop and how much pee they produce each time) to ensure that you don’t run out of diapers unexpectedly.

Infants

If you’re using hybrid diapers, you’ll need about 12-18 diaper changes per day. This means you’ll need to have 3-4 clean diapers ready to go at all times. We recommend having at least 2 dozen hybrid diapers on hand at all times.

Toddlers

On average, your toddler will need about 5–7 diapers per day. This number will change as your toddler starts potty training and begins to stay dry for longer periods of time during the day.

To estimate how many diapers you’ll need in a week, simply multiply the number of daily diaper changes by 7. So, if you’re changing your toddler’s diaper 6 times per day, you’ll need approximately 42 diapers per week.

If you prefer, you can also use our diaper quantity estimator tool to calculate how many diapers you’ll need based on your specific circumstances.

Scroll to Top