How many cloth diapers do I need for my newborn?
Cloth diapers are now being mostly used as compared to disposable diapers. There are various aspects because of why people are opting for cloth diapers. They are eco-friendly, cost-friendly, comfortable, and pretty. But one question always strikes the brain of new moms that how many cloth diapers do I need for a newborn.
The number of cloth diapers depends on so many aspects. It depends on how many times you change your newborn, the type of cloth diapers you use, and also the stomach situation of the child. In this article, we’ll discuss the aspects on which the number of diapers depends.
The number of diapers depends on the schedule of your laundry. The laundry schedule determines the number of cloth diapers you need. We suggest you do your laundry every two days. A newborn needs 10-12 cloth diapers in a day. If you wash 15 cloth diapers every two days, you can have two days of comfort. You have to keep 4-5 cloth diapers extra for emergencies, going out, or traveling. Two days are enough for drying.
This estimate can be different based on the type of cloth diaper you are using for your baby. For example, some cloth diapers have detachable absorbents and some have not. So sometimes you only have to wash that absorbent rather than the whole diaper.
Age is another major factor to determine the number of cloth diapers. You first have to see the age of your child. As the age varies, the food also varies. Different age groups of babies have different diets. If you have a newborn then 10-12 diapers are enough. But you have to keep 5-6 extra for emergencies or babies’ stomach conditions.
Infants (6-12months) can go easily between 8-10 diapers in a day. These numbers are just average estimates of the child’s use of the diaper. Every child has different bowel movements and every child has different diet patterns. Plus not every day is the same as the day before.
If your child is having some problem in the stomach, it can be constipation or diarrhea, then the number of diapers can go up or down.
Types of Diaper:-
There are many types of cloth diapers such as All-in one, All-in-two, Flat/Prefolds, and pocket diapers. All of these vary according to their design. Some of these diapers have a disposable inner layer and some of these have washable. Some are waterproof and some are not. But all of these cloth diapers are washable.
In some of these diapers, you can use liners. Disposable liners are also one factor with which diapers can stay longer. So what type of cloth diaper you are using, this determines the number of diapers your baby consumes in a day.
Need to Change in a Day:-
The number of cloth diapers you need in a day also depends on when you need to change your baby’s diaper. As newborns, eat and dirty their diapers in a short span of time. Their stomachs are developing certain habits and getting used to the air of the world. So it needed to be changed constantly. So it is a general rule to change the baby’s diaper every two hours. This means you are going to change 12 times, more or less, in a day.
A Diaper Stash:-
If you are a new Mom, then creating a diaper stash is compulsory. Babies’ situations are sometimes unpredictable. By creating a diaper stash, you can save yourself from hassle and panic. Sometimes there could be an emergency and your baby can use more diapers in a day than you expected.
Sometimes you have to go outside and sometimes you have to travel with a lot of other luggage. At that time you should have a handsome amount of extra diaper clothes that you can use. In this way, you avoid the panic of washing and drying them. It can save your money, time, and extra effort as well. You should have 20-24 diapers in a stash.
Now after accessing the number of diapers you need for your baby in a day, let’s see why we should use cloth diapers.
People are now choosing cloth diapers over disposable diapers because they are cheaper and cost-friendly. Parents spend a huge amount of money on disposable diapers as it is a compulsory item for a newborn. Clothing diapers take a little more effort but they are worth it.
Most disposable diapers are made up of plastic material and aren’t biodegradable. So it took 500 years to decompose one disposable diaper. So cloth diapers save the environment from plastic as well.
Less Harmful Chemicals:-
Normally we all know that a baby’s skin is sensitive. The less you expose the baby’s skin to the chemicals the more it remains healthy and rash-free. Disposable diapers contain some chemicals that can be harmful to a baby’s skin. Cloth diapers are organic and chemical-free. Plus you wash them again and again. The only chemical cloth diapers encounter is detergent which is safe for babies. If you want your baby’s skin to be rash-free then opt for cloth diapers.
Cloth diapers are less absorbent as compared to disposable diapers. So it took little time to train your babies to tell them about their need to go to the washroom. Whenever they feel their diaper is wet, they will let you know in their way. In that way, your baby will get trained more quickly.
Cloth diapers are breathable as compared to disposable diapers. They let the air pass through the diapers and the baby’s skin can get some air too. This can save your baby’s skin from rashes and other skin allergies.
So, above mentioned all the factors determine that you need 20-25 cloth diapers ready to use at one time. We evaluate this number by keeping all the aspects in our mind that including emergencies or sudden travels. Along with cloth diapers, you should keep extra pieces of liners with you, so that usage of diapers could be reduced.