How many newborn diapers do I need?

Shopping for your baby is pure pregnancy bliss. From cute plushies to blankeys, from toys to adorables. Although the question of how many newborn diapers you would need is a hard thing to pinpoint. The reason is that usually, this number is subjective to every child.The questions of, how many diapers would my baby need, when to start stockpiling diapers, which brands to go for, the sizes, the packages. It all can be a bit overwhelming. So, here is a little guide to help you along.  

How many diapers do you need?  

An average newborn needs around 10-12 diaper changes in a day. Good thing is that, as your baby grows, so do their bladders so with the months preceding, the diaper requirements of your newborns will go down.

Check the diaper around feeding time and when the baby wakes up. In the following cases, body wastes are likely to irritate the baby’s skin and induce redness, so check the baby’s skin condition frequently. Keep a tab if the baby’s skin looks red or if she isn’t feeling well or has cold or fever. Frequent changes can be needed if the baby has diarrhea or passes loose poo.

How To Stockpile Diapers?  

Generally, hospitals load you up with a lot of baby diapers before sending you back home. So, you don’t have to worry about it immediately. But a good time to start stockpiling baby diapers is at your baby shower. A lot of people gift newborn diapers to expecting mothers in baby showers which is a good start to stockpile newborn essentials.   

Choosing a diaper brand that is most suited for the baby can be a big task  for new parents, the choices are unlimited. Start small, we’ll advise. Buy one packet and see whether you like the fit, feel, and quality of the diaper. See whether it is comfortable for your baby or not and whether it is irritating. After you’ve decided on the brand, go ahead and start stockpiling. Keep in mind that as your baby grows, the diaper sizes will have to change as well.   

How Frequently Do I Need To Change a Diaper?  

On average, it is advisable to change your baby’s diapers every time they experience bowel movements or they pee. Newborns usually use 10-12 diapers a day. Don’t try and make the diapers last longer. Wet diapers can irritate your baby’s sensitive skin and cause all kinds of discomforts like diaper rashes.  

Some diaper brands such as Merries have a clever wetness indicator in their diapers. These indicators change color to blue when the diaper is wet so you can easily switch them. The indicator makes it easier for you to keep a track of time and to make sure that a wet diaper isn’t sitting on your baby’s skin for too long.  

How To Get The Right Diaper Sizes?  

To know the right size, you need to first know what the wrong size diaper feels like, right? Here are some points to keep in mind. See if the diaper is making the baby restless, or whether it leaves marks on your baby’s tummy or even irritation on the thighs. All these indicate that the diaper is a tight fit and you need to size up. 

On the other hand, if there is leakage or if the diaper slips or shifts as the baby moves then the diaper is loose fit and you need to look for smaller sizes.  

Websites like Merries diapers have size guide charts that can also be used to find out the right fit. In addition to factoring in the weight, also keep in mind your baby’s height, waist, and thigh measurements as well as how much they excrete. After careful consideration choose your size.

Always look for diapers sizes with reference to your baby’s weight rather than their age as this can vary child to child. Keep a track of your baby’s growth and purchase the diapers accordingly to get the best fit and most comfortable ones. Happy babies make happy parents.  

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