Are you thinking about how many pocket diapers you will need? The answer is not the same for everyone, actually, there isn't an exact right answer. The number varies slightly from person to person based on the age of the baby and the washing routine.
How Old Is Your Baby?
The number of pocket diapers you need is based on the age of your baby when you decide to start cloth diapering.
- Newborns (0-3 months):
Newborns poop…. A LOT! They use more diapers in comparison to older babies. Around this age, your baby may have 3 to 4 bowel movements a day and pee after every feed. Newborns will go through about 10-12 diapers per day. For an every other day wash routine, 20-24 cloth diapers are recommended.
- Infants (3-9 months):
At this stage, your baby would have started solid foods. They will go through about 8-10 diapers a day. For an every other day wash routine, 16-20 cloth diapers are recommended.
- Older babies (9-24 months):
Often as babies get older, their poops become a little more predictable. They will begin peeing less often and only go through about 6-8 diapers a day. For an every other day wash routine, 12-16 diapers are recommended.
How Often Laundry Will You Do?
If you wash daily, you don’t need as many diapers.
If you don’t want to do the diaper laundry every day - washing your diapers every 2-3 days is what’s generally recommended, to prevent issues like mildew stains, residual stinkiness, and so on. Getting yourself into a good cloth diaper washing routine, is a very good idea.
When you decide how often you plan to wash diapers, the following chart is a great guide to help you figure out how many diapers you probably need.
Remember to buy a few more than you figure because you don’t want to be stuck without a diaper while the others are being washed. The more diapers you have in your rotation, the less washing and wearing each one receives, therefore the longer they will last. What do you think is the ideal number of cloth diapers in your stash?