How many diapers will my baby go through?
Average number of wet diapers
Average number of dirty diapers
Day 4 to 1 month
5 or 6/day
3 or 4/day
In the first days of life, your baby’s stools will change from black and sticky (meconium), to dark brown, to green, then to yellow-brown.
After about a month, the number of wet and dirty diapers may change dramatically and almost any amount is normal. Your baby may have several dirty diapers (i.e., stools) a day, or he may go several days without a dirty diaper. The number of dirty diapers will often decrease a bit for breastfed babies after a couple of months. Keep a diary so you know what is normal for your baby and can tell when there has been a significant change.
Make an appointment to see your baby’s doctor if:
- She suddenly has fewer wet or dirty diapers and seems sick or isn’t feeding well.
- She passes hard or pellet-like stool or appears to be straining and has trouble passing stool.
- There is blood in her diaper.
- The stool is white (not so much light yellow) or black, after the first week of life.
- She has diarrhea or starts having many more bowel movements than normal, especially if they are watery and/or explosive). In newborns, it can be hard to judge whether the stool is actually diarrhea.
Take your baby to hospital immediately if she has no wet diapers within a 24-hour period, especially if she is not feeding well or seems unwell.
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Last Updated: May 2018