Selecting the Best Adult Diaper Checklist Essentials

Consider Absorbency, Fit and Comfort
Adult diapers may seem pretty straightforward, but there are a lot of different options to consider, across a wide variety of brands, as well as a lot of different sizes, absorbency, and more. Adult diapers can be pull on or tabbed, made specifically for men or for women, for daytime use, or overnight use. According to Kimberly-Clarks consumer research, the average consumer spends over $130 on products before finding the right incontinence items for them. This trial and error process may work for some, but if you want to save yourself some money and hassle, consider the following:

The three most important considerations for selecting adult diapers are:
  1. Absorbency 
  2. Fit 
  3. Comfort
You need to make sure that the product is made to handle your absorbency needs, whether you have light, moderate, or heavy incontinence, or fall somewhere in between. It has to fit right, or you will experience leaks. And, it has to be comfortable, or you will find yourself adjusting it regularly, experiencing discomfort of skin, etc. and not want to use the product. In other words, consider both comfort and function. 

After these three conditions are met, the rest is extra, convenient stuff. For example, the Abri-Form® brief has a wetness indicator, which shows when the brief should be changed. Let’s take a closer look at the three criteria that should be met when selecting adult diapers.


Absorbency matters for a number of reasons. The better the absorbency the less chance of leaks, the healthier the skin, and the less odor. Look for options that offer a fast liquid dispersion, channeling fluids into the absorption core. This will keep skin dry, and help eliminate odor quickly. You will also want to make sure the absorption core can hold enough fluid for your incontinence needs, and that it keeps the fluids effectively locked in place.


The better an adult diaper fits, the more effective it will be, reducing leaks, and providing comfort. Many diapers offer elastic waistbands and leg cuffs to help with fit and provide reliable leakage barriers. In addition, many adult diapers come with fastening tabs that can be adjusted to ensure a good fit. When considering adult diapers, be aware that sizing is not consistent across brands, and often the best way to get the right fit is to order a sample, and try it before you buy it. The CareGiver Partnership offers over 100 different samples.  Samples are only $3.49 S&H. 

Order a sample, and try it before you buy it!

Comfort has a lot to do with absorption and fit. Look for adult diapers that a top dry layer to keep skin healthy, leaving you always feeling dry and comfortable, even when the diaper is soiled. Also look for surface fabrics without added dyes, and with natural materials for more comfort. Last, make sure the fit is right, as this too will increase comfort exponentially. When in doubt about sizing, contact a knowledgable product specialist at The CareGiver Partnership by calling 800-985-1353 M-F 9-4 Central. The nice ladies there can help you find the best products and fit, order samples, and rush delivery on any of the 500 plus items offered by The CareGiver Partnership.

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About The CareGiver Partnership. The CareGiver Partnership helps caregivers and their loved ones with answers to their caregiving questions, including information about home health care products and supplies, from our Wisconsin-based team of Product Specialists who are all current or former caregivers. The company’s Web site provides the largest online library of resources on subjects most important to caregivers — from arthritis to assisted living, and Parkinson’s to prostate cancer — as well as access to more than 3,000 home care products for incontinence, skin care, mobility, home safety and daily living aids. The CareGiver Partnership was founded in 2004 by Lynn Wilson of Neenah, Wisc. Visit to learn more or call 1-800-985-1353.


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