How many diapers does a baby really need in the first 3 months?


Sabrina Garibian

posted in Pregnancy

How many diapers does a baby really need in the first 3 months? About a million.

pampers swaddlers diapers

When I read in my pregnancy and parenting books that a newborn will go through 7-12 diapers a day at first, I didn’t believe it. I could not imagine changing that many diapers and how repetitive and exhausting that would be. If you have kids, you know where this story is going. The books were right and newborns really do go through that many diapers!

I was officially introduced to Pampers Swaddlers at the hospital after delivering my first child six years ago.

pampers swaddlers #1 choice of hospitals

The unique liner helps your baby feel dry and keeps him comfortable. For good sleepers (in my dreams), the diaper offers up to 12 hours of overnight protection.

My absolute favorite feature about Pampers Swaddlers is the color-changing wetness indicator that lets you know when your baby needs to be changed. A yellow line means the diaper is dry, and a blue line means it’s wet. Easy peasy. This is especially useful for middle of the night feedings where you want to quickly check if baby’s diaper needs to be changed or not.

The first days at home with a baby are a jumbled and blurred mix of changing diapers, feeding and burping, putting your baby to sleep, rinsing and repeating. It was months before I would only need to change my little one’s diaper 6 or 8 times a day. Usually it was closer to 10 times.

I did the calculations so you can see exactly how many you might need in those first few months (I went with the low end!):

7 diapers x 7 days/week = 49 diapers every week
49 diapers/week x 4 weeks/month = 196 diapers every month
196 diapers/month x 3 months = 588 diapers in 3 months

That’s a lot of diapers!

With that many diapers going on your little bundle of joy, using the right brand is important. I prefer Pampers Swaddlers because I can feel confident that my baby will stay comfortable and dry. And I really love that little blue line.


What’s your record number of diapers changed in a day? Mine is 15.


This post is sponsored by Pampers. All opinions are truthful and my own.