The Advantages Of Adult Diapers

There are things that can happen as people get older that they might never expect, nor wish to occur. One of those is stress incontinence. Incontinence can occur when the pelvic floor muscles become weak. This can happen as a result of childbearing or as a basic consequence of the muscles aging. Stress incontinence can be a very embarrassing occurrence, and can come unexpectedly. Many people choose to stay at home rather than submit to possibly humiliating leaks while in public. We associate old age with wisdom, but the embarrassment of incontinence can make a person feel like a child. If they seek treatment from a doctor, he will probably try several prescription interventions.

Unfortunately, medicines do not work for everyone, nor do they work all of the time for those who do benefit from them. Pelvic floor strengthening exercises can help, but if the muscles are extremely weak, even these will not completely solve the problem. Many people find that the best choice to prevent the embarrassment of poor bladder control is adult diapers. These are an easy solution to help while they are trying remedies to treat the problem. Adult diapers are made in different styles for men and women. They are inconspicuous, and since they are undetectable by friends and family, their use can remain a personal secret. Some people are concerned that others might be able to hear a rustling sound when they walk, but these special diapers make no sound. Most styles have elastic legs that also help prevent moisture from escaping.

There are styles made for wearing during the waking hours and different styles made with extra absorption for night-time use. Adult diapers operate under a simple premise. They look a lot like underwear, but they are made with a waterproof crotch that pulls moisture away from the body. People who wear these diapers can choose between disposable and reusable styles. The advantages of disposables are obvious. These are single-use diapers that are thrown away when they become soiled. On the other hand, reusable diapers are removed and washed after becoming soiled. The advantages of reusable styles is that they are more cost-effective in the long run. However, since many people dislike the feeling of wet fabric on their skin, these are often not as popular as disposables. Adult diapers can take several forms.

Some are made to resemble regular briefs. These fit close to the body, but still contain a moisture wicking crotch. Pull-ups are another variety of diapers for older people. These offer the benefits of pulling on like a normal pair of underwear. Traditional diaper styles usually feature velcro or tape closures which bind the diapers around the front of the abdomen. The style choice a person makes is really one of preference. Each variety functions in the same way, and most people find that there is not usually one style that performs better than another. It often comes down to deciding which style helps a person with his or her incontinence problems while still providing comfort. Adult diapers are also a great innovation for people who are bedridden. Sometimes the reality of their care demands solutions for everyday functions such as waste elimination.

With diapers, a caregiver doesn’t have to be on the spot at the moment the person needs bathroom care. However, the diaper will still need to be changed once it becomes soiled. Adults, whether bedridden or independent, can develop painful rashes if their adult diapers are not changed when they become soiled. Adult diapers are a wonderful innovation that have allowed otherwise healthy people maintain their independence. Because they can wear this special protection, they can continue to engage in all the activities of normal everyday life without worrying about the occurrence of embarrassing moments.

Choosing Diaper Covers For Cloth Diapers

There are a lot of questions that arise when choosing diaper covers for cloth diapers: What is the best material? What kind of fasteners should I use? How many should I have? How do I wash them?  This article will tackle some of these questions.

What Type Of Material?

Most commonly, these days, you will use diaper covers for fitted or prefold diapers.  You have some different options for fabrics.    Waterproof covers are made of synthetic materials.  They could be PUL (polyurethane laminated fabric), or perhaps nylon.  The key is that the material is impermeable to moisture, so your baby’s diapers don’t leak.  PUL is the plastic backing on the cover that makes the cover waterproof.  PUL is the same plastic sealer used for reusable swim diapers for baby.

Whether diapers or swim diapers, waterproof covers are the best protection against leaks.  Bummies, Thirsties, Bumkins, and Dappi are some good examples of waterproof diaper covers.

For nighttime diapering, you definitely want to use waterproof covers.    I also suggest using an extra absorbent layer–called a doubler–at night.  This adds extra protection against leaks.

While not completely waterproof, wool is a fantastic natural fabric for diaper covers.  This is because wool is naturally anti-microbial, so it keeps odors from forming.  It is also moisture resistant.  Imse Vimse and Little Beetles both make great wool covers.    You won’t have to wash wool covers very often.  You can use them until they start to get heavy with moisture, or they start to smell.  You can even get away with just rinsing them and hanging them to dry.    They will dry, smell fine and be ready to use again.

What Kind Of Covers?

What kind of diaper covers should you use?  I recommend getting one of each kind when starting out, and see what works best for you.

Keep in mind that wool is more expensive.  But they are the best natural option.    If you want to save on wool covers, I suggest a “one size”.  The one size can theoretically be used from newborn to potty trained, so you won’t have to buy a whole bunch of new covers as your baby grows.   You can also try Fuzzibunz diapers or BumGenius, which are pocket diapers.  They are basically a cover and absorbent insert in one.  They are really easy to use, and can come in a “one size” option.  They may be a bit bulky for your newborn.  But after a few months they will grow into them more.

How Many Should I Get

Ideally, if you are using prefolds, or even fitteds, you should have 6-10 covers.  You can usually reuse  a cover once the prefold gets wet.  Only after a couple of pees will you have to swap it out.  I recommend getting 3 or 4 wool covers, and 4 or 5 synthetic, waterproof covers.