How Many Wet Diapers Should My Almost 10 Mo Old Baby Have?

Updated on October 07, 2008
M.M. asks from Pittsburgh, PA
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Right now he has about 5 sometimes 6 wet diapers per day. of course the first change in the morning is the wettest because it's from his overnight use. I am still breastfeeding my son and he has his solids, my milk has been down and he does not like formula or any other liquids I've tried, ie apple juice or water. So I am just wondering if 5 to 6 wet diapers in your opinion is enough or not, just want to make sure he is getting enough liquids. Thanks so much for your feedbacks!! I appreciate it.

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answers from Pittsburgh on

in the cloth diaper community you can expect to receive an answer of needing 10-12 diapers a day.

the super absorbent gels don't always show the wet. Lots of fluids are good for the body.

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answers from Philadelphia on

That sounds about right to me, but a quick call to your pediatrician might settle your mind. My daughter is 14 months, and went down to about 5 or 6 wet diapers/day around 10 months. She was also breastfed at that point with solid meals/snacks and she did drink water in sippy cups. As far as your son not liking other liquids, I'd say just be perisistent in offering water in cups at every meal. You might have to try several different types to find one he likes. Eventually, he'll get the hang of it. After 2 kids (my older is 3), I've learned it often takes much longer than you'd think for them to get used to something new - especially drinks. We just went through the struggle of changing my 14m over to milk in cups from breastmilk, and the whole process took about 2-3 months! She "hated" milk at first, and would throw it, refuse it...the works. But through simply persistently offering and giving positive reinforcement when she took sips (clapping, cheering), she now drinks a cup of milk at every meal. Good luck!

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answers from Allentown on

First of all, congratulations on still nursing your baby! SO few women make it past a few weeks or maybe a few months. What an incredible gift you are giving your child!

I think everything sounds just fine to me. Keep in mind too, that if you're using disposable diapers, they mask wetness very well!

Here's a quick little "cheat sheet" from to tell you the # of diapers you should expect from your baby. Just remember, every baby is different!

Keep up the awesome work!

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answers from Pittsburgh on

Hi M.,

5-6 wet diapers a day is more than enough. It sounds like he is doing great. You can also try giving him a sippy cup with water whenever he eats food. I did that with my son and he is an avid water drinker now.


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answers from Scranton on

Well when your talking disposables sometimes that can make it more diffcult to tell. I would take a look at how often he is nursing. If he is not taking in ANY other form of liquid than I would look at getting your milk supply up so he is getting more. I don't think that 5-6 is horrible but he made need a bit more. Or depending upon how much he is wetting per diaper, he may be developing a more controlled bladder. And if so you could even start setting him on the potty. This may sound crazy but if you google elimination communication you may find some great information there as well.



answers from Philadelphia on

5-6 wet diapers sounds right to me, too. I agree with checking the color of the urine. And I exclusively breastfed up through a year. I did offer water in a sippy cup throughout the day from about 6 months on. I think the Nuby cups are a good cup to start off with - they're soft. My son also didn't take a bottle, so we went right to sippy cups for whole milk at a year. He likes the Nuby with the straw. Just keep trying the cups, he'll get it.



answers from Harrisburg on

That can vary from child to child. With my 5 kids, each one wet differently, and pooped differntly. It was really odd with the triplets when they were babies. They all ate the same food, the same amount and at the same time and still pooped and peed different amounts, textures, times, etc. Your son sounds fine. If you have any doubts, call your pediatrician's office and ask. They'll give you the basics.

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answers from Philadelphia on

Our pediatrician always says 3 a day is the minimum. You're doubling that, so you should be fine. But always ask the professionals if you're worried--you can just call them and ask, you don't need an appointment.



answers from Pittsburgh on

I was going through 4-6 with my daughter per day on average.



answers from Philadelphia on

I would try soy milk and see if he likes that. try vanilla soy. my son did not care for whole milk and after seven months wanted nothing to do with a bottle of formula. 5 or 6 diapers wet sounds like it is about right. try putting his liquids in a sippy cup and see if he likes it. he should be doing this instead of a bottle at this point.I hope you are feeding him some other form of calcium also such as yogurt and cheese.good luck. it sounds like he is doing well.



answers from York on

5-6 sounds about right to me.



answers from Erie on

The best way to tell if yor baby is dehydrated is the color of his urine. If he has bright yellow and smelly urine, he isn't getting enough fluids. If his urine is more clear, he's well hydrated. My kids are older and I don't remember well at this point, but I think 6 diapers a day is fairly normal. That would mean once first thing, mid-morning, around lunch-time, mid-afternoon, around supper, and at bedtime. That's not an odd number of times to use the toilet, even for an adult. :-)

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