When to change a diaper
How often should you change a nappy?
The frequency with which babies need changing varies. Many parents change their baby six to eight times every 24 hours during the first couple of days after birth. If your baby has a poo in every nappy, you may need to change them more often than that, but bowel movements do tend to become less frequent after a couple of days.
Generally, small babies wee more often than slightly bigger babies, which means that their nappies need to be changed five or six times a day and sometimes as often as eight or nine times. You should always change the nappy as soon as your baby's done a poo.
It's a good idea to have a look at the nappy before and after a feed. Always make sure your baby is dry when you put them down to sleep.
How often should you change at night?
At night you should only change your baby’s nappy if they've done a poo or if the nappy leaks. (In this case you probably have the wrong size. Try a bigger one.)
If all they’ve done in their nappy is wee, you don’t have to wash them with water at night but you should give them a wash before putting them down for the night when they tend to sleep a little longer than at other times.