What’s normal you ask? We have answers.
We’re hard at work tallying the aggregate data of 45,000+ daily updates from moms all over the world. And we know if you’re average. Er, I mean normal. Cause “normal” is great. Average is, well, average.
Without further ado, here’s the chart. Do us all a favor and pin it on Pinterest so the world knows more about diapers. It’s ok, we’ll wait.
All done? Great, so let’s discuss what you’re looking at. We’ve taken the millions of updates in October and looked just at babies who were 13-24 weeks old during October, 2013. The green line is how many wet diapers were recorded; orange is dirty diapers and gray is for diapers which were both wet and dirty. We are working on combining this into just two lines, but we haven’t done that yet and anyway maybe there’s some value in knowing how many “both” diapers there are.
Because the babies are all roughly the same age, and the lines are fairly smooth day to day, I think it’s safe to say this is what “normal” looks like. If anything, it understates “normal”, because a parent might forget to log a diaper or two (you know who you are!) while you’re highly unlikely to record extra, fictitious diapers.
What does it all mean to a sleep deprived mom (or dad)? If you’re changing about 4 wet, 1-2 dirty, and around 2 wet and dirty diapers a day, you’re baby is average. Er, I mean, normal. Obviously this isn’t medical advice (we’re engineers and MBAs, not doctors!) but I think it’s safe to say if you have a lot fewer than this, you should ask your doctor or some other qualified expert (not us!). That said, remember that the real number is likley slightly higher than this, and our pediatrician tells us that no poo diapers in a day is totally fine. After a day or two, though, and you’ll want to get that checked out.
We’re working on more data like this – and even nicer charts, maybe even of your own baby, so keep on tracking poo with the app (get it here if you don’t have it already) and hit us up with questions you want answered or charts you’d like to see from the app (“Feedback”) or on Twitter @smallnestinc.
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