Most of us dread the thought of needing adult diapers – but we can’t always get what we want, right?
Luckily, adult diapers have come a long way in recent years. They are more effective, comfortable, and discreet than ever before. No one will know you’re wearing them – heck you may even forget you’re wearing them!
If, for whatever reason, be it age, a medical issue, etc., you have begun to need the additional protection that adult diapers provide – you’ve come to the right place.
We know that when it comes to adult diapers, comfort and content walk hand in hand. This is why we’ve created an overview of the different types of adult diapers available, how their sizing charts work, and, most importantly, how to measure yourself correctly.
Styles of Adult Diapers
When it comes to adult diapers, one style definitely does not fit all. This is why there are a number of different styles available; so you can choose the best fit for your body.
Some of the most common styles you can choose from include:
Briefs are a type of absorbent liner that are used on top of your underwear. This style is characterized mainly by the tabs on the front and back, which allow you to attach them to your underwear.
Briefs alone come in a variety of options, making them a great, versatile option for anyone needing light protection. Some of the options you can choose from with briefs are: plastic backing vs. cloth backing, one-time-use vs. refastenable tabs, and light, heavy, or moderate absorbency.
Pull-ups do just that: they pull up. Rather than being used in addition to your underwear, they are used as a replacement for your underwear.
As pull-ups are full pieces, they typically offer more protection that briefs do.
The last style we are going to mention is reusable diapers. These are meant to be washed like regular clothing (although maybe not in the same laundry load as your regular clothing…) and re-worn.
Reusable diapers come in both different materials and with different protection levels.
While having to wash the diapers may not be the most fun task, using reusable diapers has one major advantage over both briefs and pull-ups: you can save a lot of money over time if you choose reusable over disposable, as you won’t be having to constantly purchase new products.
How Are They Sized?
Having a diaper that fits properly is crucial for ensuring both your comfort and the effectiveness of the diaper. If the diaper you are wearing does not fit you properly, you will have one major problem: it will leak.
This can be tricky, as there are a number of sizing methods for adult diapers – it will all depend on which product you are using.
Most commonly, diapers will be sized by waist and hip measurement – usually in inches – and sometimes may even include thigh measurement as well.
How Do I Measure Myself?
It’s important to make sure you take all necessary measurements before shopping for a product.
To measure your waist, ensure that you measure the correct spot – around your torso and level with your bellybutton. This is where the diapers will more than likely sit on your body, and measuring too high or too low will end up with them fitting uncomfortably – either too loose and bulky or too tight.
When you measure your hip, measure the widest part – once again, incorrect placement of your measuring tape will result in improper sizing.
You may also want to measure your thighs, the rise of your torso (which is from just below your belly button, down through your legs, and up your back to the same spot level with where you started in the front), and take your weight as well, as some diaper sizes will also list recommended weight categories for most effective protection.
Have you ever used adult diapers? Do you have any tips for sizing guides, measuring, or how to stay as comfortable as possible? Tell us below!