Parenting Tips


February 4, 2020

How Many Diapers Do I Need For My Newborn?

How Many Diapers Do I Need For My Newborn?

There’s no getting around the fact that babies go through a lot of diapers. So much so that, during the first few months after your little one is born, you may feel like you spend all your time just feeding your baby and changing diapers!

If you’re expecting your first child, you may be wondering just how many diapers does a baby use in a day? How many newborn diapers do you need? This is one of the many great questions soon-to-be parents have when preparing for the arrival of their baby.

To help give you a better idea of what to expect in the diaper department so you can plan ahead, we’ve provided some general guidelines based upon a baby’s age. Just keep in mind these diaper numbers are based on average usage of a baby at a particular age and can vary for each individual baby.

Newborn to 1 Month

New parents are always especially curious about how many diapers they need for a newborn – after all, they want to be sure to stock up before the baby arrives!

In comparison to older babies, newborns go through more diapers. Babies 1-month-old and younger may have 3 to 4 bowel movements a day and typically wet at least six or more diapers a day. This can add up to changing 10 to 12 diapers a day during the initial month. 

So just how many newborn diapers do you need? A daily average of 10 to 12 diapers over the first month of a baby’s life means that your baby may go through around 300 or so diapers in his first month of life!

1 to 5 Months Old

Once your baby is older than 1 month, you may notice fewer soiled diapers. Babies between 1 and 5 months old typically go through 8 to 10 diapers per day.

Note that if your baby is exclusively being breastfed, she may have more soiled diapers compared to a baby who is on formula since breast milk is easy to digest and typically results in more frequent bowel movements.

5 Months+

Babies over 5 months of age usually have fewer bowel movements than when they were younger. At this age, you can expect to use up to 8 diapers per day. 

How Many Diapers Do You Need in the First Year?

How many diapers does a baby use in a year? Luckily, the number of diapers a baby goes through as a newborn decreases significantly as he gets older. By the time a baby is 6 months of age, you can expect to use 5 or 6 diapers a day – half of what newborn babies use!

On average, a baby can go through between 2,000 and 2,200 diapers in their first year. That’s a lot of diapers and a lot of diaper changing – but thankfully a lot of it is upfront and lessens as the year progresses.

Having a baby shower? Then you have the perfect opportunity to stock up on those diapers and helpful diaper supplies like ourSTEP™ diaper pail (read more aboutdiaper pails) and ourDiaper Duty Organizer.

And while it may still be some time before your baby is ready to transition out of diapers, when you’re ready for that next step, check out ourpotty training tips!