If you thought preparing for a newborn was overwhelming, wait until you see the pile of newborn nappies your little bundle of joy is about to create. We can’t sugarcoat this topic—what goes in must come out! And it does, every time you feed them.
Are you ready? Hold your nose for these fun facts!
Nappy Factors to Consider
How Many Newborn Nappies Will I Need?
How long is a piece of string?! Okay, here are the average newborn stats on poo, pee, and those you can’t identify.
By the time a baby is five days old, they could be passing urine up to six times a day or more. Don’t forget, babies that only drink milk still pass stools. Your little treasure could be leaving you gems up to three times day by day five.
On average, your baby will go through 10 to 12 newborn nappies a day for the first 4 to 6 weeks. Yes, you need a nappy bag from day one. It will be well used!
Approximate Newborn Nappy Needs for Baby’s First Month:
- Disposable 40 to 48
- Cloth 20 to 24
Every Baby is Born and Grows Differently
This is an essential consideration because smaller babies could be in newborn nappies for longer. This is because your baby’s nappy size is usually dependent on weight. The average baby will be in newborn nappies for at least the first month. However, babes born early or underweight can often need them longer. Likewise, larger babies may grow out of the newborn size quickly. Sadly, this includes those adorable newborn clothes!
Some babies will be blessed with skin rarely affected by sitting in a nappy. Using a basic barrier cream, they may be safe to sit in their nappy for a few hours between changes. Some babies will have to be carefully changed every time they wet their nappy to avoid nasty rashes and skin irritation. Even with a barrier cream and careful wiping, a baby with sensitive skin may need regular nappy free time.
You can prepare for a baby with sensitive skin by investing in some high-quality nappies, water wipes, and award-winning barrier cream.
Our Product Recommendations:
- Weleda Calendula Nappy Change Cream
- Weleda Rash Relief Cream
- AVÈNE THERMAL SPRING WATER SPRAY
- Happy Tushy Co Nappies
- Wotnot Natural Baby Wipes
How Long Does it Take for a Disposable Nappy to Decompose?
Before you commit to disposable or cloth nappies, it is crucial to educate yourself on the long-term impact of your decision. We all have a responsibility to look after our environment. Still, as parents, we are responsible for considering our children’s future.
According to Friends of The Earth Scotland:
“It’s estimated that disposable nappies take up to 500 years to decompose. Your child’s poo will still be sitting in some nappy in a refuse site somewhere when not only you but also your children and grandchildren are no longer here.”
Terrifying, isn’t it?
Disposable nappies look far less convenient when you realise how inconvenient they are to dispose of.
What Makes Cloth Nappies Better Than Disposables?
Besides the obvious eco-friendly benefits, cloth nappies have come a very long way. Parents stabbing themselves with pins and handwashing dirty cloth nappies around the clock is but a distant memory.
We have made it easy for you to see the convenience of cloth nappies with this list!
- Cloth nappies come in birth to potty sizes. One size fits all!
- You WILL save money.
- Cloth nappies come with inserts that increase their absorbency as your baby grows.
- No more one-time sticky tabs or old safety pins. Cloth nappies come with velcro and snap-lock systems. They are designed to go on as quickly as a disposable nappy.
- You don’t always have to change the entire nappy. Modern cloth nappies often have inserts that can be removed and replaced without replacing the whole shell.
- They are machine washable! Just rinse the insert or entire nappy, drop it in your dry pail and throw them in the washing machine at the end of the day!
- You can even use them out and about. Just pop the soiled nappy and/or insert into your wet bag, and deal with it when you get home.
You’ve Got This
All the nappies, nappy rashes, smells, and sleepless nights become distant memories. As a parent looking back on the magical time of your newborn, you will weep at how simple things were. Enjoy this time. The time before teething, tantrums and potty training!
Whatever you decide to do for nappies, there is an abundance of products available for all your baby’s needs. Newborn babies simply eat, sleep, and poop (and do some crying). If you have the newborn baby nappies covered, you are ticking one of the biggest boxes off the new parent list!