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How Many Diapers Does the Average Baby Need?

This is a question that is more critical than it seems. Why would you need to know how many diapers your baby uses in a certain amount of time? Many budget conscious parents like to stock up on diapers when they are on sale, to save money of course. However, what do babies do all day every day? They grow. They can grow quite quickly, and therefore you’ll need to purchase larger and larger diapers until you manage to potty train them. If you buy too many diapers when they are on sale, and your baby grows out of them too quickly, then you could potentially be stuck with dozens or even hundreds of diapers that you can’t use. Knowing how many your baby needs over the course of a week, a month or a year can go a great distance towards helping you save money and reduce unnecessary purchases.

So how many diapers does a baby use per day? There have been many studies and surveys trying to pinpoint an average number. However, the results of past studies and surveys vary widely, but here are the averages:


Newborns require the most diapering, with some average estimates going up to 14 diaper changes per day.

1 to 5 Months

For babies that are one to five months old, they will sleep a little more than newborns, so will need less changing. Typical diaper changes are 8 to 10 diaper changes a day.

5 Months to 1 Year Old

After 5 months, babies will sleep more and require fewer changes, so the average can drop to about 6 to 8 changes per day.
Overall, according to the Real Diaper Association, babies will tend to average about eight diaper changes each day during their first two years.

If you weren’t able to plan ahead or maybe you just bought too many diapers at one time, there are ways to get rid of those unnecessary diapers. First, if you need to liquidate them into cash quickly, consider selling them on Craigslist or even eBay. On Craigslist, you’ll find local parents of babies who would need diapers and are willing to buy them from you, at a discount over the grocery stores of course. Otherwise, you can donate them to your local charity thrift store or to a woman’s center, such as one for domestic abuse victims or homeless families. No doubt they would find a good use for those diapers. You can also opt to trade or give them to neighbors, friends, family or a parenting group of other parents of babies.

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