Having to wear adult diapers can be an emotionally traumatic stage in one’s life. Many are reluctant to wear them, feeling that they are taking a step backwards in their development. Still, it only takes one accident to know the kind of embarrassment that comes when you don’t have them. Whether you’re looking for adult diapers for your own personal use or for a family member, it’s perfectly normal to feel a little afraid, nervous, and uncomfortable with the situation.

The good news is that it doesn’t have to be as traumatic as you might think, and once you’ve done it a few times, you’ll know exactly what to look for and how to make the right choice. Just like with baby diapers, there are many different options to choose from, so you have to factor in your personal circumstances in order to know exactly what you need.

Determine Your Needs

For a first time purchase, it may be hard to know exactly what to look for. Still, there are a few things you can figure out for yourself:

Leakage output: This may be a difficult gauge to determine in the beginning, but you can figure it out. Start keeping a regular journal for how often you need to eliminate. You probably already know what kind of conditions will cause your voids to happen. In many cases, these happen as a result of medication. Some foods you consume can also cause leakage. The diaper you choose will depend on when you need them the most. If you’re having an episode several times a day you’ll need one type of diaper, and if you need to change several times a day, then you’ll need to purchase diapers built to handle heavier voids.

On each package of adult diapers, you should see an image of water droplets. These are ranged from 1-5. If you see a product with 5 droplets, then it is made to carry a heavier volume. Choose according to your daily output.

Type of Void

Concern about the type of void will also help you to determine which diaper to use. Both urine and bowels can cause odors and irritation if not handled properly. If your void will contain bowel movements or if there is a problem with diarrhea, then the best option should be tab-style briefs with a plastic exterior. These are more secure and the elastic around the leg openings can help prevent leakage.


Your level of mobility should also be factored into your choice. If you’re going to be stationary, without much movement then a fitted tab-style brief could be sufficient. However, those who have to perform regular tasks throughout the day might do better with a disposable pull-on.

There are many different brands of adult diapers but there is no such thing as one size fits all. Finding the right diaper for any individual’s circumstances may come down to trial and error. While you can read the labels and get beneficial opinions, the best way to know if the new diaper will work for you is to just try them out. Remember, they need to be comfortable enough for you to move freely when you wear them. How they feel on your skin, and other factors that can only be determined once you’ve started to use them.

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