When you are a new parent, along with the cuddles and coos of your new baby, you’ll face a lot of poop. Sometimes it feels like newborns, breastfed and formula fed alike, are pooping and peeing machines, and the diaper changing cycle is never ending. If you have a new baby, you might wonder, how many diapers does a newborn go through in a day?
According to New Kids Health, newborn babies can go through 10 to 12 diapers per day during their first month. Apparently newborns can have about four to six wet diapers, and three to four poop diapers a day. As babies get older, their diaper count will likely decrease to about eight to 10 diapers per day.
If you are formula feeding, pediatrician Susan Sorensen explained on Baby Center that your newborn’s poop may be a little harder in consistency and less frequent than a breastfed baby. She noted that a formula fed baby will go from having several poop diapers a day to going days without one, which she added, is completely normal. Sorensen suggested paying more attention to the consistency of your baby’s poop, rather than the frequency, to make sure they aren’t getting constipated.
Regardless of how many times your baby poops or pees, you should change their diapers often. According to the American Pregnancy Association, you should check and change your baby’s diaper every two to three hours; newborns can urinate around 20 times per day, and leaving them wet for too long can make them fussy and uncomfortable. As your baby gets older, you’ll go through less diapers (although they will get smellier). Even though changing diapers is a lot of tedious and dirty work, enjoy these days with your tiny baby while it lasts. Before you know it, you’ll be in potty training mode, and diapers will become a thing of the past.