How Many Wipes Does A Baby Use In A Year & Diapers

From the moment my first born was born, I joined mom forums and clubs as any other new mom would. Over the years, I’ve interacted with both new moms and experienced mothers and most are concerned about frequent diaper changes. Last week, I received an email from Victoria, and as a new mother, she wanted the answer to the question: How many wipes does a baby use in a year.

Rather than responding directly, I promised Victoria that I would write a blog post and let her know as soon it was published.

Now let’s get straight to the point. The number of wipes your child will use in a year’s depends on a couple of other factors.

For example, in the first few months, 3 months to be precise, your child will poop more frequent and hence will need more wipes. But as your child grows older, he will soil few diapers and hence you will use fewer wipes in a day.

How many diapers does a baby need in a day?

The number of diapers a baby will need in a day will depend on how frequently he poops. Babies less than a month will use 6-10 diapers in a day; and the child will also pee after every feeding session and poop 3-4 times a day.

For babies over one month old, you might notice some changes in bowel movement and he might wet only 4-6 diapers. There could be slight difference for exclusively breastfed babies than formula fed babies. Below is a guide to help you understand the number of diapers you will use for the first 12 months after your baby is born.

How many diapers does a baby use per month?

The first month when your baby is born, you will need approximately 320 wipes. This is because your baby will poop more frequently and will most likely change diapers 10-12 times a day. Assuming you’ll use one wipe for every soiled diaper, you will use 10-12 wipes per day translating to around 341 diapers per month.

From the second month up to when your baby is 5 months old, you will change diapers 8-10 times a day translating to about 240 diapers per month and 240 wipes per month.

From the 5th month up to when your child is 9 months old, you will need 8 diapers per day translating to 240 diapers/wipes a month. From 9th to 12th month, your baby most babies soil their diapers up to 8 times a day translating to 240 diapers. However you should note that some will soil their diapers less frequently resulting to less diaper and wipe usage.

Age Of The Baby Diaper Usage Per Day Diaper Usage In One Month
0 to 1-month-old baby 10 to 12 diapers 320 diapers
1 to 5 months old baby  8 to 10 diapers 240 diapers
5 to 9 months old baby  Eight diapers 240 diapers
9 to 12 months old baby  8 diapers 240 diapers


How many baby wipes per month?

From the chart above, you can see that your child will use above 320 wipes. You child will soil diapers more frequently and hence you will need to wipe him more frequently as well.

To get a rough estimation on the number of wipes your baby will use in a year, you will need to sum the total number of diapers you will need for each stage from the above chart.

How many wipes does a baby use in a year = 320+240+240+240= 1040

What are some of the best baby wipes for newborns?

Now that you have a rough estimate of the number of wipes and diapers you will need for the first year, let’s have a look at some of my recommended baby wipes ideal for sensitive skinned baby with sensitive skins.

1. Baby Wipes by bloom BABY

With Bloom Baby wipes, you will only be spending around 7 cents per wipe. Bloom Baby is a new brand on the market, but these wipes have received positive critics from new parents as well as “veterans” like me.

They are durable, smell nice and are large enough than most wipes on the market. The wipes are 98% natural and don’t have harsh chemicals like alcohol, ammonium, chlorine or sodium sulfate that could have adverse effect on your newborn. They have antimicrobial benefits and are ideal for babies

2. Huggies Natural Care

A single Huggies wipe costs around 2 cents. The brand competes directly with pampers wipes and they works well for the newborn babies. The wipes have some ingredients like Phenoxyethanol acting as a preservative against bacteria and Cocamidopropyl betain which is an irritating cleaning agent. The two ingredients have low allergen but your newborn’ bums might be sensitive to the wipes.

The wipes are soft, thick, long lasting and moms have not reported issues of diaper rashes after use meaning that they work well with the newborns. They are less oil and don’t leave hands with a film after use.

3. Amazon Elements

Each wipe goes for about 2 cents and are new in the market and are getting good reviews from the users. The wipes have been said to be sensitive and are transparent for the ingredient used in them. They contain almost 98% of pure water, some PH balances, chamomile flower extract for soothing a sensitive skin and some preservatives to ensure no bacteria growth. The preservative used is phenoxyethanol which is also used in Huggies and pampers.

The wipes do not contain ingredients such as dyes, alcohol or phthalates which are harmful to a newborn’s skin.

4. Pampers Sensitive Baby Wipes

The cost of a single pampers wipe goes for around 2-3 cents each. Pampers baby wipes are known for their softness, mildness, scent, thickness and durability. If you buy the wipes in large quantities you will get them at a fair price.

You need a single wipe to do a wet job and 2 wipes to get the dirt work done since you can wipe, fold then wipe again. Not all brands of wipes can wipe with both sides due to fear of hands getting soaked. They are well moist to ease the cleaning job.

5. Honest Company

A single wipes costs around 6 cents when you purchase a larger pack. Honest Company is known for producing high quality and environmental friendly products and they charge a higher price compared to other similar products.

They are very soft and gentle and have some plant and fruit extracts good for cleaning your baby’s bum. Though the wipes are very sensitive to skin, no issues of rashes on babies or adults were reported. The size measure around 7” x 8” which is quite large similar to the Bloom Baby Wipes. They can’t be flashed but decompose after almost 60 days after disposing.

6. WaterWipes Wipes

Each wipe costs about 5 cents and are almost similar to Natural Baby Wipes. They don’t cause irritation to sensitive baby bottoms, have a good scent and have a thick quality with a good texture for cleaning. The scent is made from grape fruit seeds which make 0.1% of the ingredients and the 99.9% is purified water on the cotton wipe. The grapefruit extract gives a good smell and helps in preservation of the wipes and eases cleaning. They are not scented but the little extract added to help in cleaning, gives a tiny scent.

Final thoughts on how many baby wipes in a year

The number of wipes and diapers your toddler will use in a year can only be estimated and the is no figure rules all. This is because it depends on a variety of factors and whether your baby is breast fed or formula fed. (See how long it takes for baby to adjust to new formula here).

If your baby is one the way and would like to stock up for your baby, you can use my basic guideline above to get you started. Also read my guide on best baby formula for constipation and best balance bikes for 1-3 year olds.

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