Good morning, good afternoon, good evening or good night depending on when you’re reading this week’s blog entry.
Today I want to talk about adult disposable Pull-up diapers, sometimes called incontinence underwear.
There aren’t as many things that you need to take into account when picking and buying Pull-up diapers as there are for regular diapers.
Capacity - First off I would like to talk about capacity. It is a very important thing to point out that pull-ups are not high capacity diapers. In fact, pull-ups are only meant for light wetting but more so for accidents. Most pull-up diapers have a capacity of 800ml to 2400ml and this isn’t including Goodnights or other children’s brands that many ab’s like to wear. Swim diapers also have a low capacity as they really are only made to contain bowel incontinence. They do have a light capacity in case the wearer has an accident between the changing room and the pool. As for Goodnights remember these are made for children and a child’s bladder holds much less than the average adult’s bladder which is between 300-400ml and up to 800ml at night time.
So, you can see, a pull-up is not meant for more than the odd accident. Maybe you pee a little when you sneeze, maybe you laugh too hard and a little comes out, and that’s all that pull-ups are really good for. Mind you, if you’re an ab who doesn’t wet/use their diapers then pull-ups may be a good choice for you.
A few years ago, after ageplay split turning what was called innerkids into what is now called little's 4/5-7/8yo, middles 7/8-11yo and teens 12-19yo, there was a group of ageplayers trying to get a 4th term added to include little's who wear diapers, because really it makes sense. Many children wet the bed and wear diapers but are older than babies. I, myself, wet the bed until I was 13yo but we didn’t have things like goodnights. So it makes sense that some little's “wet the bed” so they can wear Goodnights and not be classed as an ab because little's are older than ab’s being between the ages of 4-8 and thus potty trained and don’t wear diapers, even though they are ageplaying in a diaper which we all know is the basic definition of ab. But the community became so fractured around the same time nothing became of it.
Next week I plan on talking about ways to boost the capacity of your diapers and pull-ups so please stay tuned for that entry.
Size - Like diapers, pull-ups also come in many different sizes and just like regular diapers each company has different sizing standards, even between their own diapers. More than just Small, Medium, Large, and Extra-Large, some companies even have Extra-Small, X-Extra-Large.
The Bambino Magnifico Slip-On is the first and currently the only AB/DL pull-up around and it comes in 3 sizes:
Small 20-28inMedium 28-40inLarge 40-56in
Tranquility Swimmates are the first and currently the only disposable Pull-up swim diaper and comes in 5 sizes:
Small 22-36inMedium 34-48inLarge 44-54inExtra-Large 48-66inX-Extra-Large 62-80in
So again you see, like the disposable diaper there is a slight difference in sizing among pull-ups. Let’s look at one more pull-up diaper, this time from Abena.
Abena Abri-Flex comes in 6 different sizes as well as 13 absorbency levels.
Extra-Small 18-28inSmall 24-36inMedium 32-44inLarge 40-56inExtra-Large 52-68inX-Extra-Large 68-80in
So as you can see from my 3 examples, just like the regular diapers, while a lot of the sizes are “close” they are in fact different.
Really the main thing you need to remember about pull-ups is that they’re not high capacity diapers and that they’re only meant for light wetting or accidents. So when you wear one keep this in mind and when you do need/want to wet that pull-up you need to do it in spurts, little by little and just like diapers the capacity is the entire padded area of the diaper.
Next time I’ll be talking about diaper boosters and ways to increase the capacity of your diaper.