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Kinds of reusable diapers

Kinds of reusable diapers

  • diapro
  • Oct, 19 , 21

Comparison of different kinds of reusable cloth diapers

With so many incontinence products available today with varying protection levels and fits and sizes, it can seem like a daunting task to determine which is right for your circumstances. Understanding the basic principles of cost, fit, and protection levels can help you decide what type of product is best suited for you. There are dozens of incontinence products on the market, but what are the best adult diapers? This is an important question, especially if you care for someone with bladder or bowel control issues. 

A cost-effective route to take when buying incontinence supplies is through purchasing reusable cloth adult diapers. These can be used for light leaks and heavy bowel and urine leakage when used with adult plastic pants. Cloth adult diapers are usually made from soft terry or flannel cotton and are available in many different styles ranging from pre-folded to pull-on. Most cloth diapers are made from breathable fabric that allows for moisture to evaporate and air to circulate through eliminating the problem of diaper rash.

Most common incontinence adult products, include the following:

  • Pull-ups
  • Briefs
  • Pads or Liners
  • Protective underwear



For protection against moderate heavy leakage, pull-ups, also known as protective underwear, are the best solution. Pull-ups basically look like traditional underwear. They’re typically thin, made of cloth-like materials, and fit discreetly under the garment. These products are best suited for people with mild incontinence who are still relatively independent

Briefs / adult diapers

Also known as Incontinence underwear, adult diapers, incontinence underpants or adult incontinence briefs. These provide moderate to maximum absorbency to help with full bladder leaks and odors, and is suited for those suffering from moderate to full incontinence. The briefs protect against even the heaviest bowel or urine incontinence. Adult diapers, or briefs, feature adjustable tabs that allow for a more secure fastening, and also curved leg elastics for a comfortable, closer fit that also helps to prevent leakage. These incontinence products are incredibly absorbent and contain a thick core that wicks away moisture and odors. 

Pads / liners

Incontinence pads and liners offer a light protection and are best suited to enhance absorbency of another product that includes another barrier that protects the garment. Thus, liners and pads are absorbent layers to quickly dispense fluid and ensure that you stay dry without any leakage.

Overnight diapers

These are commonly used for those individuals that have problems at night. Using the overnight diapers will allow you stay safe at night and really will protect your bedding

Other complementing reusable cloth products consist of:

Swim diapers

These are another great solution for people suffering from incontinence, so that no one has to sit out of the pool when everyone else is having a good time. Swim diapers are designed for urine and fecal incontinence. The swim brief is worn next to the skin, under a swimsuit.

Reusable incontinence pads for sheets and mattress protection

These pads are also helpful for a child that is not yet potty-trained as they work for any type of incontinence. They are available in a variety of sizes and are important to prevent mattress damage from leakage at night.

Chair pads for chairs

Suited for wheelchairs or for other types of chairs, it adds another layer of protection from incontinence leakage and assists in protecting the furniture.


No matter what type of diaper you choose for yourself or your loved one, you need to make sure you are using the right product for your specific situation. You must look at the different sizes, styles, and materials, in order to find the most comfortable and best suited for your needs, that will allow you to enjoy your life without worrying about wetness and embarrassment from urinary and fecal incontinence.



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