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Diapers-5 Things to Know Before Leaving the Hospital

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It may seem simple; babies need to wear diapers. We all know this, but there is actually a lot more to know about diapers than you might think. Read on to find out what you absolutely must know about diapers before leaving the hospital with Baby.

Diapered baby bottom with Mom holding feet in the air. Text overlay: Diapers 5 things to know before leaving the hospital

What Size Diaper Does Your Baby Wear?

You may think that all babies wear newborn sized diapers when they are newborns – makes sense, right? Well, some babies never wear newborn diapers because they are born too big. They go right into size 1. If your baby is early or just small, they may even be in preemie diapers. It is good to bring at least Newborn and Size 1 to the hospital when you go into labour. Check out my Complete Hospital Packing List.

The nurse should diaper your baby for the first time and tell you what size your baby wears. Be sure to pay attention and remember what she says. Putting the wrong sized diaper on a baby can cause discomfort and irritation as well as poo-splosions – no one wants that!

How to Tell if your Baby has a Wet Diaper and How to Change it

As a new parent it can be hard to know exactly what your newborn wants or needs, especially when they are crying at the top of their lungs. Both Pampers and Huggies smaller sized diapers (I think it stops around size 4) have a wet indicator. If you look at a fresh diaper, it will have a yellow stripe down the center. When this yellow stripe turns blue, it means your baby has peed (or someone spilled milk on it). No more checking the diaper!

You should probably know how to change a diaper too!

Picture of 2 diapers side by side, one with yellow stripe (dry) and the other with a blue stripe (wet)

The stripe makes it especially easy in the first few weeks when counting wet and dirty diapers is important.

How Many Diapers get Used per Day?

A lot of times new parents receive diapers as gifts, whether it be for the baby shower or otherwise. When you come home with baby, it is important to know how fast s/he is going to go through a box of diapers.

Every baby is different, but as a minimum, baby should follow the pattern of the chart below:

Baby legs standing, wearing a diaper. Text overlay: "How many Wet/Dirty Diapers should my newborn baby have?
Day 1 Wet= 1+ Dirty=1-2+
Day 2 Wet= 2+ Dirty=1-2+
Day 3 Wet= 3+ Dirty= 2-3+
Day 4 Wet= 4+ Dirty=2 -3+
Day 5-7 Wet= 5+ Dirty=2-3+
2nd week Wet= 6+ Dirty=2 -3+
3rd week Wet= 6+ Dirty= 2-3+"
**DISCLOSURE: I am not a medical professional. If you think there may be something wrong with the amount of diapers your child is producing, seek professional medical advice. **

Once the number of diapers settles, you can then determine how many diapers you should have stockpiled.

How to Tell if the Diaper No Longer Fits

There are the obvious signs like the diaper can no longer be done up, but there are some not-so-obvious signs too.

For instance, if your baby is poo-sploding up her back every time she dirty’s a diaper, it may be time to up the size. Baby will have more room in her diaper to do her business, making less of a mess for you.

Baby diaper with text overlay "Size inicators" and arrows pointing to the coloured size indicators on the diaper

Another way to tell if your baby’s diaper still fits is to check the size indicators which come on most popular disposable diapers. If the velcro is on the outside of the indicators, the diaper is too small. This makes knowing when to switch from newborn to size 1 diapers really easy!

Rolling a Diaper with One Hand

Rolling diapers is a form of art! It takes time and practice to master this skill. It is easy when you have someone with you to change a diaper. You can hand them the dirty diaper, they’ll put it in the garbage or diaper genie and you carry on with cleaning up the baby. Easy peasy!

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It is when you are alone, trying to hold baby’s legs up, while Baby is reaching for the poop, and you’re trying to dispose of the diaper without getting any on you or baby. That is when the art of rolling a diaper comes in handy.

To roll a diaper follow these steps:

  1. Take the diaper off

    Undo the velcro straps and hold your baby’s legs in the air with one hand.

  2. Fold the diaper in half

    With the other hand, take the front of the diaper, use it to wipe any excess poop into the diaper. Once this is complete, simply place the front of the diaper on top of the back of the diaper, containing any poop inside the diaper.

  3. Roll the diaper

    Roll the diaper from bottom to top. Careful not to push the poop out the top of the diaper

  4. Wrap the diaper

    Once you have rolled the diaper all the way to the top, use the velcro straps to hold the diaper in place.

  5. Discard the diaper

    Throw the diaper in the garbage or Diaper Genie.

This method will save you a lot of laundry, time and hassle. Remember; practice makes perfect!

You’ve Got This!

Knowing these five things before you leave the hospital can make your life much easier! If you are about to leave the hospital and don’t know any one of these things, ask your nurse. He/She will surely be able to help you out!

If you have learnt something from this post or have anything to add, please leave a comment below!