Welcome to the wild world of parenting! You are now responsible for a tiny human being and that includes, but is not limited to; feeding them, bathing them and changing their doo-doo diapers. Speaking of which, how many diaper changes should you expect with your month-old? Fear not new parents! This article will answer all your questions on this matter!
So, what's the average number?
First and foremost, let's talk about averages because let's face it, "average" can be different from one kiddo to another. However,statistics don't lie, so we know by experience that most babies use about six to ten diapers per day during their first few weeks.
But beware- do NOT get too comfortable with numbers just yet as some infants may have more poops than others or need more frequent diaper changes due to sensitivity issues or drinking high levels of fluids.
Why so Many Diapers?!
Well hellooooo?! Babies poop all day long. Don't they?? They can even surprise you mid-nap by unleashing an explosion -don't say I didn't warn ya'. In case it isn’t apparent already baby poo has different colors and consistencies depending on whether they are formula-fed or breastfed.
Breast milk is known for its laxative effect resulting in wetter & lighter stools frequently after each nursing session compared to yellowish solid mass once every couple of days (in case of formula.) Espect at least THREE soft stools daily prior reaching 6-weeks age otherwise consult your pediatrician.
So basically two very acceptable reasons why babies go through such large quantities of nappies:
- Regular urination
- Constant bowel movement
Oh! And spit-ups...can never forget about those right??
Oh No...my Baby Hasn't Pooped in [insert # of days]
It's not hard to imagine that every new parent would be paranoid about their young one's poop habits. "Why won't my baby poop? Is something wrong?"
A small pause here, don’t panic! Calm down!
Constipation, although rare in breastfed babies is more common among those formula-fed as the intestinal muscles require up to weeks adjusting to the newly introduced liquid intake. Ideally, a newborn should pass a stool immediately following each feed.
If you go past 2-3 days without any bowel movement or experience signs of discomfort while passing stools (grunting/crying), contact your pediatrician for advice rather than try various home remedies randomly unless otherwise stated by expert(s).
How to Change Diapers Like A Pro
This section right here is for first time parents who had no practice changing a diaper since they were in diapers themselves many years ago.
Step 1: Open Up Premature Nappy Place nappy on your baby with the tabs at the back waistline and securing them snuggly but care must be taken not too tight around legs or waist(line) points.
Step 2: Remove Soiled Nappy Slowly peel off adhesive tabs from both sides of soiled nappy keeping most of fabric folds inside nappies & dispose into outdoor trash bins instead indoor ones due to unpleasant odor it could emit & hygiene reasons too.
Step 3: Wipe Your Baby - Not Too Hard Now! With clean cotton wool swabs starting from front part cleaning then bum thereafter / suitable disinfectant- wipe all traces off inner gluteal creases because outch! That can sting if left untreated over time.http://www.djr777.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/prescription-pad.jpg)
We hope this article has provided some insight on just how many diaper changes you can expect from that little bundle of joy! Always remember that each baby is unique and while they may follow a general average pattern, there's always room for variation.
Remember this - it gets better from here on out; before you know it they'll be potty-trained and off doing their own thing. But until then... let the diaper changes commence!