How Many Diapers Should I Be Going Through a Day with a 5-MO Boy? Am I Using Too Many?

QUESTION:

"How many wet diapers do/did your 5-month-olds have? I’m changing 8+ wet/pee diapers in a 30 minute time frame four times a day.

He is formula and breastfeeding. He seems healthy it’s just his diapers are so frequent, I’m going through one and a half 40 count packs a day.

I just changed a pee diaper not even 5 minutes ago, and it’s already wet again. Plus, it was changed twice before that in the last 20 minutes."

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TOP ANSWERS (AS SELECTED BY MODERATOR):

“Huge waste of money! Change baby about once every 2 hours, not every single time they pee. Diapers are meant to hold more than one pee. If they poop, then change it more often. At night, use night time diapers. Baby can go all night without a diaper change.”

“Are you changing it every single time he pees? Babies can pee multiple times in a diaper before it needs to be changed. Diapers soak up the pee so babies skin doesn’t stay wet, maybe change him every 2 hours or so, or after a poop.”

“He can pee a few times in a diaper before changing especially if he’s peeing that often…”

“Like completely full to the point of leaking or just peed once? If he’s constantly drinking something I can see the peed once every little while but if it’s completely full I’d talk to your baby’s doctor. It’s a sign of diabetes if they are peeing that much.”

“It’s not a bad thing to wait. Babies pee a lot; you don’t need to change every wet diaper right away. They are made to hold a few pees.”

“That is not abnormal, because all of his nutrition coming in is in liquid form, if you start him on solids, you will see a slight drop in wet diapers. You can let him pee more than once in a diaper, the diapers nowadays do hold a lot, as long as the diaper feels dry next to his skin he should be fine.”

“Sounds like you may be changing every time he goes just a little. It’s ok to wait until the diaper gets a little more full to change. Just don’t wait when he poops or he’ll get diaper rash.”

“I mean if you’re changing him EVERY time he pees I could see you going through that many. I usually check my 8-month-old every 1.5 hours but she poops like clockwork so I know to check for that and I can’t miss the smell lol I buy the little movers by Huggies and they work great. Also, make sure you’re using the correct size maybe go up a size? I always go up when it seems like they are peeing through too quick vs when they physically look like they are running small.”

“If you’re really concerned, talk to your pediatrician. But I’m with everyone else in saying you don’t have to change him just as soon as he pees a little. The diapers these days are pretty decent at taking the moisture away from the baby and holding it. Also if you feel like they’re not doing that, look into a better diaper. For instance, when I used luvs on my little one he’d be leaking pretty quickly but I switched to Huggies and they held more and kept little man dry longer.”

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Talk to your pediatrician. I don’t know about in babies but older than that it’s a sign of diabetes.

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Like completely full to the point of leaking or just peed once? If he’s constantly drinking something I can see the peed once every little while but if it’s completely full I’d talk to your babies doctor. It’s a sign of diabetes if they are peeing that much.

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That is not abnormal, because of all of his nutrition coming in is in liquid form, if you start him on solids, you will see a slight drop in wet diapers. You can let him pee more than once in a diaper, the diapers now days do hold a lot, as long as the diaper feels dry next to his skin he should be fine.

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You don’t need to be changing that often. If you’re going to do that you might want to look into cloth diapers

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He can pee a few times in a diaper before changing especially if he’s peeing that often…

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Modern diapers suck the pee away from baby’s skin so it isn’t necessary to change that often. Once every 2 hours might be a good starting point for you when it’s just urine you’re dealing with. If my math is correct, you are going through 60 diapers a day?!

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Sounds like you may be changing every time he goes just a little. It’s ok to wait until the diaper gets a little more full to change. Just don’t wait when he poops or he’ll get diaper rash.

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Are you changing it every single time he pees? Babies can pee multiple times in a diaper before it needs to be changed… Diapers soak up the pee so babies skin doesn’t stay wet, maybe change him every 2 hours or so, or after a poop.

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Huge waste of money! Change baby about once every 2 hours, not every single time they pee. Diapers are meant to hold more than one pee. If they poop, then change it more often. At night, use night time diapers. Baby can go all night without a diaper change.

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I used cloth and don’t remember changing that often . Please talk to your baby doctor just to be safe, or maybe have someone who has raised a couple check how you are doing

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I wouldn’t advise letting a baby sit in a pee like others say that’s just a little gross in my opinion. But talk to his doctor ASAP signs of diabetes

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I mean if you’re changing him EVERY time he pees i could see you going through that many. I usually check my 8 month old every 1.5 hours but she poops like clock work so I know to check for that and I can’t miss the smell lol I buy the little movers by huggies and they work great. Also make sure you’re using the correct size maybe go up a size? I always go up when it seems like they are peeing through too quick vs when they physically look like they are running small

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I used to change my son’s wet diapers often like that too, mainly because I was so afraid of him getting a diaper rash. I think, by about 6 months, I realized he was FINE if he went a few times in a diaper (but I still changed his diaper every 1-1.5 hours). The diapers we used never left wetness on his skin. But if he went #2, of course, that got changed ASAP. I made sure to use a really good quality diaper rash cream at every single diaper change and he’s never gotten a rash. He can go 10-12 hours at night now with one Night Diaper on! If I changed him every time he peed at night I’d never sleep…

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My youngest never went through that many and she was 8oz every 3 hours. Sounds like your changing too often

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You’re changing him to much no baby pee that much even if he drank all day long, it’s ok to leave a nappy on that’s wet it’s when it’s full you change it

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Boys pee immediately after they get a fresh diaper. I have two boys and I learned this like you are doing. Change him only every 2 hours. Unless he poops. As he gets older cut back to three hour stretches. Max 3 hours. Diapers hold a lot. If that makes you uncomfortable switch to cloth. Cloth is cheaper in the long run

Like completely soaked or like the line is barely blue? I’m pretty sure until they learn to hold it babies constantly leak urine

If you’re really concerned, talk to your pediatrician. But I’m with everyone else in saying you don’t have to change him just as soon as he pees a little. The diapers these days are pretty decent at taking the moisture away from baby and holding it. Also if you feel like they’re not doing that, look into a better diaper. For instance, when I used luvs on my little one he’d be leaking pretty quickly but I switched to huggies and they held more and kept little man Dry longer

I’d let him go a little bit. Unless it’s the cheaper diapers. My daughter is in huggies and they hold up pretty well.