When & How Often to Change a Newborn's Diaper? - Pampers India

Among the many, many questions that perplex new parents, there is one particularly confusing question that doesn’t necessarily have the right answer. The question is, ‘When, and how often must you change your baby’s diaper?’

Unlike a lot of things in life, this one does not have a definite answer, and knowing when your baby needs a diaper change is never an exact science. Now we cannot tell you when to change the diaper, but what we can do, is guide you. This way, you can make the right decision every single time, and since a parent is only as relaxed as their baby is, knowing the diaper change time is quite literally a superpower all parents need. Diaper changing can be a challenging process if not done correctly. Learn how to change a baby’s diaper the right way.

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Knowing the answer to the above question is a combination of understanding the following:


Newborn babies may not excrete too many times, but they do urinate with a considerably higher frequency than most children and adults. Since it is both wasteful and an expensive proposition to change your baby’s diaper every time they urinate, the trick is to either rely on a self-created system. Changing a new-born’s diaper can be tricky keeping the umbilical cord care in mind. Learn how to change a new-born’s diaper while taking care of the umbilical cord.

Make it a point to check your baby’s diaper every hour, and once you understand how often they urinate, you can devise a system that works for you and your child. So after how many hours should the diaper be changed?

It depends, although a safe duration could be every two to three hours. Disposable diapers have a far better absorption limit as compared to cloth diapers, and could save you a lot of time and trouble providing valuable comfort to your baby.

Sure there could be situations where you could have to change the diaper sooner if they urinate with a higher frequency, but as we said earlier, it isn’t an exact science.


The other strategy you could employ is vigilance, which would require you to not rely on a fixed bi-hour change but instead rely on regular checks and instinct. Disposable diapers do better in these situations as we mentioned earlier due to their superior absorption capacity and soft texture.

It could be tedious to rely on touching to check whether your baby needs a diaper change. It would be ill-advised to wait for them to let you know by displaying signs of irritability and crying.

Thus, a combination of both these strategies could be immensely helpful to find out when to change the diaper, or even help you create a Diaper Change Frequency Chart. This could help you deputize a family member or friend with diaper changing duties when you are away.

Diaper Change Emergencies and Signs to watch out for

You cannot say when your baby might require a diaper change, even after creating a Diaper Change Frequency Chart. Thus, you must watch out for certain signs that can help you swoop in and defeat the soiled diaper without it affecting your precious new-born’s playfulness.

Poo Poo

It is diaper change time immediately if you notice a poo in your baby’s diaper. Staying on the lookout will help you understand your baby’s poo routine, which shall most often a little while after feeding time.

It depends on your baby

Over a period of time, parents get the hang of how often their baby might require a diaper change. Smaller infants require a change more often as compared to bigger baby.

Bedtime Diaper Change

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The night time must always be considered diaper change time right before you put your baby to sleep. This helps them sleep peacefully, without feeling any wetness and irritability. Of course certain situations may arise from time to time when the baby soils their diapers during the night and might require a change. Changing a diaper pant can be very helpful in these kind of situations, as it is a very quick and easy process. Learn how to change a diaper pant correctly.

Another helpful tip that can make things easier for you is changing your baby’s diaper before feeding time since most babies fall right asleep after feeding. This allows you to not disturb them since they are already changed and ready for a good night’s sleep.

There are certain things a parent should keep in mind when changing their baby’s diapers during the night as listed below:

  • First of all, make sure you always use a diaper that offers extra absorption during the night since dryness is paramount and means an undisturbed sleep for both, the baby and the parents. Pampers Dry Diapers holds an exceptional absorption capacity.

  • If at all you do end up having to change your baby’s diaper at night, do it as carefully as you can to avoid waking the baby up completely. This will help them fall back asleep after the diaper change, and you too.

  • Change the baby’s diaper in the night under minimal lighting and as swiftly as you can. Ensure as little physical stimulation as you can.

  • It is also advisable to apply a mild anti-diaper rash cream before putting on their night-time diaper as a precaution. If the diaper gets too wet, the diaper rash cream will protect your baby’s skin acting as a necessary barrier until it is diaper change time again.

How many diapers should you prepare to use in a day?

It depends on how old your baby is, since they tend to soil more diapers when they are younger and tend to use lesser diapers as they age. Newborn babies may end up requiring diaper changes at least 8-10 times a day.

As the baby grows older, they might require a diaper change less often and the number of diapers you might need to change could dwindle to 5-6 times a day. Track your baby’s growth with the help of our baby growth chart.

If you notice your baby ends up using too few diapers, it could be a cause for concern and you should see a paediatrician to help understand if there is a problem. Any number below 8 diapers for a newborn baby must require the attention of a licensed medical practitioner to alleviate any concerns for your child.

If you think your baby is soiling diapers too often, you have no cause for concern since newborn babies tend to learn bladder control and communicating as they grow older.

All parents’ diaper changing skills require time to develop, and these skills include knowing after how often to change the diaper, creating a diaper change frequency chart and understanding the time frame between mandatory diaper changes. Don’t worry, you got this!