How Many Wet Diapers In A Day Are Normal For Your Baby?

Asking how many wet diapers in a day are normal for your baby is a common question for all new parents.

How well your newborn is feeding can often be determined in how many wet diapers and bowel movements they have in each day.

Those First Few Days:

Your newborns first few days may only produce 1-3 wet diapers. Their bowel movements will be a dark, sticky black/green color around 1-3 a day also.

By their 3-4th day they should be having 3-4 wet diapers a day, with regular bowel movements in between (3-4 also).

At days 5-6 your baby should be having around 3-5 loose stools a day and about 5-6 heavier wet diapers.

At the 6-8th day, bowel movements should be around 2-5 a day and around 6-8 wet diapers a day.

Don’t worry if your baby’s schedule differs from the above guidelines. As long as she has the minimum amount of wet & soiled diapers in a day (in guide below), she should be just fine.

The minimum amount of wet and soiled diapers your baby should be having in their first few days:-

What To Expect In The First Few Days

Day

Minimum wet diapers

Minimum bowel movements/ dirty diapers

1

1

1

2

2

1

3

3

1

4

4

2

4-8 Weeks:

You might start to see a pattern emerging at this time.

Your baby will probably be having around 4-6 wet diapers a day and 2-3 bowel movements.

Older Infants:

As your baby’s digestive system matures, the frequency of wet diapers may decrease, but the amount of wetness will likely increase.

Their bowel movements will likely decrease also, often to just 1 a day (sometimes more). Breastfed babies can go 3-4 days with just 1 bowel movement.

As with any concerns, call your health care provider or pediatrician. They are there to help and can ease your mind if you think your baby isn’t having enough wet diapers in a day.


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