Are you surprised to learn most babies use as many as 10,000 diapers. The number your baby will use depends on how quickly they transition to using a toilet. Look for moisture-wicking diapers with stretchy, adjustable sides and fasteners, a fold-over top, and gathers around the legs.
The most popular diapers are disposable or washable wrappers that hold disposable inserts designed to wick moisture away from a baby’s skin. Ultra-absorbent disposable diapers that also include popular features like super-wicking liners that move urine away from baby’s skin, wetness indicators so that you don’t unnecessarily wake a sleeping baby to learn if a diaper change is needed, and moisturizers to help protect a baby’s tender skin from urine and stool. All these features work together to help you promote and protect baby’s sleep times from disruption as well as a baby’s tender skin from irritants that could lead to redness or diaper rash.
If you use disposable diapers that aren’t “super” absorbent, change every 1–3 hours to minimize skin irritation and help avoid diaper rash. Experts no longer recommend cloth diapers as they retain moisture against baby’s skin. If you choose cloth diapers, ask your nurse for tips on keeping baby’s skin clean, dry and healthy to prevent diaper rash.