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How Many Cloth Diapers Do I Need

How many cloth diapers do I need to get started?

This number will change depending on how often you do cloth diaper laundry (recommended every 2-3 days), how many children you have in cloth diapers, and which style of diapers you choose to use for your child. These numbers will also vary depending on the age of your child. 

Newborn babies will go through about 12-15 diaper changes each day. This is due to the small size of their bladder and the frequency they pee and poop. We recommend having at least 20-24 cloth diapers during the newborn stage.  

Infants (6-12 months of age) will go through about 7-9 diaper changes each day. We recommend having at least 14-18 diapers for every 2-3 days.

As your baby gets older and has better bladder control, they may only need 6-8 diaper changes each day as a toddler. We recommend having at least 12-16 diapers for toddlers. 

Once your baby begins to potty train, they still may need a few regular cloth diapers for nights and naps. Depending on the method of potty training that fits your family's needs, we recommend having at least 4-8 potty training pants. 

These numbers may vary slightly with different diaper systems and styles. For diaper covers and hybrid diaper systems (like the GroVia Shells) you can reuse a cover 3-6 times (unless it becomes soiled). Many diaper covers can be wiped clean or rinsed in a sink between uses. 

If you are a working family or if your child is in the care of others during the day, you may want more than the average number. 

"Most families have between 24-36 cloth diapers for their babies and will wash diapers every 2-3 days. " - Kelly's Closet