How Often Do I Change a Diaper?
Changing a diaper has become an integral part of everyday life for mommies. Besides, one of the basic knowledge a mother should learn is how to change a baby’s diaper.
Preparing yourself to become a hands-on parent feels exhilarating but you’ll be surprised to discover unexpected things along the course of parenthood. One of which is the number of nappy changes your baby will need in a day.
On the first couple of days, your newborn baby will urinate just a few times. Once you start feeding your baby with milk (either breast milk or formula milk), he will wee approximately 12 times a day.
The more milk your baby takes in, the more often he will wee. During your baby’s first few months, expect him to urinate around 20 times a day.
It is not necessary to change diapers each time your baby wees. Doing so isn’t only exhausting on your part but it’s also very expensive considering how pricey diapers are.
So, how often do you change your baby’s diaper?
The frequency of wee
Newborns usually wee every 1 to 3 hours – so you’ll start from here. You might want to change his nappies every 2 to 3 hours. Leaving a diaper unchanged for beyond 4 hours may cause skin irritation due to the acid content of urine.
Another thing to consider is how often your baby takes a poo. Newborns during their first week tend to poo after every feed. Once your baby has taken a poo, don’t wait for the 3-hour-till-change rule and change his diaper immediately.
Unlike urine, poo must not be allowed to come in contact to your baby’s skin for too long, not to mention the unpleasant smell it gives off.
The moment you’ve smelled something revolting from your baby, don’t think twice and instantly change the nappy.
The timing for a nappy change should also be taken into consideration. It is advisable to change diapers when the baby is awake. Changing diapers when they are asleep can wake them up and disrupt their sleep pattern.
Newborns typically sleep around 16 to 17 hours a day in 2 to 4 hour intervals. As long as your baby is not bothered being wet, you can wait until he is awake to get his diaper changed.
Check the wetness level
Newborn babies have the most delicate and sensitive skin.
Prolonged contact to wetness and poo can lead to diaper rash and skin irritation. Checking the amount of wetness in a diaper helps you indicate the need for a nappy change.
Most babies are not bothered by the wetness of their diapers, which makes it difficult for moms to determine if there’s a need to change diapers.
You can check the degree of wetness by feeling the diapers with your finger. If the diaper is soaking wet, change it instantly regardless of how short the time it has been since the last change.
You can also feel the weight of the diaper. A heavy diaper indicates an excessive amount of urine that requires immediate changing.
If your finger doesn’t serve you right, you can use a disposable diaper with wetness indicator that lets you know when the diaper is unbearably wet.
The most common wetness indicators feature visible graphics on the diaper that fade away when wet. When the prints on the diaper disappear, it’s time to change nappies.