3,000 Diapers

Thursday, July 12th, 2012 by from Baby Steps

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If someone would have told me that I would be changing 3,000 diapers during that first year, I’m not sure I would have enthusiastically signed up for this journey called parenthood.

3,000 diapers? Yes, it’s true. If you are just beginning this journey, that IS the fact. Estimates are, you will be changing 3,000 diapers during your baby’s first year.

That is a lot of diapers. And, that is a lot of poop (luckily, you’ll see more pee than poop which is often a bit easier to "handle").

Do you have the scoop on diapering and all the joy that comes along with it? If you are a new mama or daddy, you may be a bit bewildered at the sights and smells  – sorry – that will greet you during each diaper change.

What’s normal? Generally anything is normal unless there looks to be blood in the poop or urine.  And black poop? Yep, you may see it, especially in your newborn. Don’t. Panic.

What’s not normal? If blood is in the stool or urine, or poop takes on a light color, like pale tan.  These symptoms may signal an issue.

Not sure? Pick up the phone and give your pediatrician a buzz. Talk to them about what you’re seeing and package up a diaper to take in for "show and tell."

As your munchkin grows, don’t be surprised if their poop changes too. Once you begin introducing new foods, you may see a change in consistency and in color.

Still have questions? Looking for more answers? Check out this great video clip put together by the American Academy of Pediatrics that will give you "The Scoop on Poop."

Parenthood and your developing child. Isn’t it wonderful?

What do you think? 3,000 Diapers

Jeannie Fleming-GiffordAuthor

Jeannie Fleming-Gifford is a mama to one little lady, freelance writer, and the director of education for a non-profit community school of the arts. Graduating with a B.A. in Music and a M.A. in Child Development, Jeannie began her career in quality child development programs as a teacher, then moved into creative administrative roles with science centers, symphony orchestras and arts programs. Owner of 170+ year old house, Jeannie loves living in small town America where walks to the park and ... More

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4 comments

  1. Avatar of Janell Janell says:

    That’s one reason why we chose Cloth Diapers! They save you do much money in the long run and they’re so cute an easy to use now! My little man gets compliments on his adorable diapers all the time.

  2. Avatar of Foxin3ss Foxin3ss says:

    Luckily for me when my sister had both her boys she always was "too busy" to watch them… So auntie (ME) earned how to change diapers at age 13 all the way up til I turned 18!

  3. Avatar of Sara McTigueEditor Sara McTigue says:

    It’s definitely possible – and while the baby would be considered early (anything before 38 weeks is – you can read more here: http://www.everydayfamily.com/when-babies-comes-before-theyre-due), likely things would be just fine. Do you think you are in labor? If so – a call to your OB is a good idea, in case they’d like to monitor your progress or try to delay labor. Good luck – and let us know how it goes!

  4. Avatar of Abigail Abigail says:

    is it possible to go into labor when you are 35 weeks and also will the baby be premature? just curious need help please

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