If you have decided to use cloth diapers for your baby then it is very important for you to know that how frequently you need to change his diaper to avoid any kind of rashes on his soft skin. Well, the simplest answer to this question can be to change the diaper as and when it is wet or dirty. But, this answer is actually not complete. There are various things that are required to be kept in mind, which we have discussed in this post.
Here are some of the factors which will help you decide on your frequency of changing the diaper for your baby:
Age of the Baby
The age of the baby is extremely important because the frequency of changing the diaper would depend on many times the baby urinates. This would also affect the levels of output of your kid. With a newborn baby, there might not be any set pattern to follow as the output and frequency are not consistent. Moreover, the output in case of newborns is higher and more frequent compared to toddlers.
Nature of the Baby
Some babies instantly start crying when they feel wet or dirty and this is the signal for mothers that it is time to change the diaper. But there are also some babies who wouldn’t cry or give any signal. With such babies, moms have to be particular about checking periodically that whether the baby needs a change or not. Now it would again depend upon the baby that how frequent you need to check this.
Ideal Time to Check Baby
Well, the rule says that you should check the diaper every 1.5 to 2 hours during day. In case of older babies, the duration can be longer. As a parent, you have to be vigilant in understanding the pattern to know the right frequency as this is very much subjective to the baby.
Amount of Fluid Consumed
If the intake of fluid is high for your baby then be prepared that you would need to change the diaper very often and otherwise, it wouldn’t be so quick.
Medication and Health
Sometimes babies urinate more often because of the medication they are been given. Sometimes, some kids have some medical condition because of which they would require much frequent changes.
Season again plays a very significant role in knowing how frequently you require changing the diapers. For winters, the frequency would be higher compared to summers. The same principle applies on monsoons. So, parents must keep in mind the seasonal changes in relation with diapers.
Diet of the Baby
If the diet of the baby includes only milk and some more fluids then it is obvious that you will need to change the diapers more often. And when the baby starts to consume semis-solids or solids then there would be a significant drop in diaper changes as his system would gradually change.
Well these are some of the factors on which the frequency of diaper change depends. Once you would start observing, you would gradually understand the pattern.
To help you with, we have come up with an approximate range of cloth diapers a baby needs in a day, subjective to his age:
- A newborn would require 20-24 diapers
- Baby between 6-12 months would need 14-18 diapers
- Baby between 12-24 months would need 12-16 diapers
- Baby who is under potty learning would only require 4-8 diapers