Looking for adult cloth diapers? Learn more about the different styles and products available in this comprehensive article.
If you suffer from incontinence, you aren't alone. More than 30 million
North Americans (including 1 in 3 women) are affected by bladder
For women, weakened pelvic floor muscles are often the result of both hormonal and physical changes during pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause.
For men, prostate problems, diabetes, and countless other conditions can also cause leakage.
For both women and men, diseases such as Alzheimers, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinsons, and nerve damage and urinary tract infections can also contribute to bladder problems. Incontinence can also be a side effect of some medications.
Cloth incontinence products are comfortable, less wasteful, and less expensive than disposable options.
At first glance, cloth diaper products can seem expensive, but high quality cloth products can last 200 or more washes, reducing the overall costs considerably. While disposable products (such as Depends) are available, costs can definitely add up over time, especially if your health insurance doesn't cover them.
Additionally, cloth products can be very discrete - no paper noises, and washable at home, meaning you don't have to haul packages of products home from the store every few weeks.
Finally, while absorbent, cloth diapers are also softer and more comfortable than paper products. Plus, cloth products are usually made of natural materials that may cause less skin irritation.
The adult cloth diaper market is still relatively small, but there are several dependable and discrete options available, from traditional diaper-style products and plastic pants, to briefs and even panty-liners. No matter what level of absorbancy you are looking for, there is a cloth product available for you.
Flat cloth diapers are made from one or two layers of fabric (usually 100% cotton) that is cut in a large square, and can be folded down into a diaper by the user. Flats allow you to customize the shape and fit of your diaper to your own preferences. They are easy to wash, and dry quickly. Flats are very affordable and hold up very well because they become softer and more absorbent over time, and they don't have elastic or other components to wear out.
When using flats, you will require pins and a waterproof cover. When combined with one or more inserts or additional flats, these can be an incredibly reliable and comfortable option, even for overnight use. $8.95 and up, depending on quantities, from AdultClothDiaper.com
Save time and forget folding! Prefold cloth diapers are made of several
layers of fabric already sewn together in a rectangle, with a higher
number of layers in the middle where you need extra absorbancy. They
still require pins and a waterproof cover. They are usually made of
100% cotton and are all-natural and very absorbent.
Leakmaster prefolds are made in the USA and come in both gauze and birdseye cotton, with a layer of terry cloth in the center for extra absorbancy. They come in sizes from XS to 3XL to fit waists from 28 to 70", and prices range from $18 to $44 each.
Amazon.com also carries Leakmaster and other brands of adult prefold diapers.
Contoured diapers are made of absorbent material and are cut in an hourglass shape for a comfortable, less bulky fit. They are not waterproof on their own, and require pins and plastic pants.
Contoured Adult Cloth Diapers are made in the USA, and are suitable for
daytime wear, or for light incontinence overnight. They are made of
100% cotton, which is soft and comfortable, yet durable. From $21.95 depending on size and quantity.
Prefold, flat and contour cloth diapers all require a waterproof cover
to contain wetness. AdultClothDiaper carries a wide variety of pull-on
covers with various materials, styles and colors, from bikini to high
backed, and plastic to PUL (laminated polyester).
Stuffable cloth diapers, including pocket diapers and briefs offer a comfortable, dry experience with customizable absorbency.
Snap EZ Pocket Diapers
with an outer waterproof layer and an inner layer of soft microfleece,
pocket diapers are comfortable and easy to clean. Microfleece wicks
wetness away from the wearer, reducing rashes and keeping you dry, even
when the inner insert is soaked. Microfleece is also easy to clean. $44 from Squishy Tushy.
Snap-EZ Stuffable Briefs
Available in 11 colors, these briefs have a waterproof outer fabric and a stay-dry microfleece layer that keeps you comfortable and feeling dry all day long. You can add additional inserts to increase absorbency. $34 from Squishy Tushy.
Super Undies Pull On Youth/Adult Incontinence Pants
These pull-on briefs are fully waterproof and contain a layer of absorbent microfiber to absorb light leaks. Additional absorbency, such as a hemp insert, can be stuffed into the pocket to increase absorbency. Also available in snap side and overnight weight. $45 each from Squishy Tushy.
Hemp/Cotton Blend Inserts
Hemp is an incredibly durable natural material that is usually blended with cotton. Here at Thinking About Cloth Diapers, we love hemp products because they are trim and much more absorbent than 100% cotton products. To make rinsing easier and reduce drying times, Snap-EZ makes 2-layer hemp adult cloth diaper insert that is designed to be folded in half or thirds and then stuffed inside their pocket diapers and stuffable briefs. $19 each from Squishy Tushy.
100% Cotton Birdseye and Gauze Inserts
Looking for an all-natural option that isn't bulky? These adult cloth diaper inserts from AdultClothDiaper are soft and absorbent. They are $2.50 to $4.50 each, and are sold in packs of 4.
All-in-ones are the simplest, most user-friendly option of cloth diapers. They are fully waterproof and have an absorbent inner, and fasten with either velcro-style closures or snaps.
Leakmaster all-in-ones are a form-fitting diaper that has a water-proof outer and a very absorbent inner
made of 6 layers of 100% cotton gauze and 2 layers of thick terry
cloth. Velcro-style closures make this product highly customizable and
easy to change. From $37.95 when you buy 4 or more from AdultClothDiaper.com
Don't want to wear an adult cloth diaper? For light to moderate incontinence, waterproof briefs are usually sufficient protection, especially during the day.
Wearever offers cotton/polyester
blend products that have a waterproof outer layer and look just like
regular underwear. These briefs have a trademarked antimicrobial fiber
called Aigon that eliminates odor-causing bacteria, and a soft stay-dry
pad that traps liquid below the surface so you don't feel wetness.
Both Mens and Women's styles are available for $15.99 from Squishy Tushy.
Often called "mama cloth", there are lots of companies that now make
reusable menstrual pads. These pads have snapped wings that allow them
to be secured to a woman's underwear, and they are soft and much more
comfortable than disposable products. These products can be perfect for
light incontinence. Nicki's Diapers sells a variety of brands and
sizes, and also carries waterproof zippered travel bags for when you are
out and about.
Don't let incontinence hold you back. You can be comfortable in cloth products, which are less expensive, discrete, and absorbent. We hope the links in this article will help you in your search for better, more comfortable incontinence products!