The Key Differences Between Adult and Baby Diapers

At Hospital Overstock, we carry a number of incontinence products for adults, including adult briefs, pads and mattress covers. We also sell diapers and pull-ups for babies. While both serve similar purposes, all diapers are not created equally. There are many distinctions between the two products. Here are the key characteristics that make adult and baby diapers different.

Baby Diapers

Baby Diapers

One of the main differences between baby and adult diapers is absorbency. Baby diapers are not made to be worn for hours. Some even have color-changing wetness indicators that tell parents when they need to be changed. Because baby diapers are changed more frequently than adult diapers, thickness is not as important.

The design of baby diapers is pretty standard, as most babies are similar in size. Most have the standard one tape on each side, which is sufficient enough to hold the weight of a baby. Pull-ups, on the other hand, have an underwear-like design that is easy to get on and off.

Adult Diapers

Adult Diapers

Adult diapers are much more absorbent than baby diapers. They often include more absorption areas for incontinence protection, rather than the single strip of absorption material found in baby diapers. Like baby diapers, some adult briefs have wetness indicators. Thickness is important for absorbency, but it is not beneficial for discreteness. Depending on the chosen style, thickness and absorbency will vary.

From leg opening to waist diameter, adult briefs designs adapt to accommodate for multiple sizes. Most do not include the same two-tape design that is found in baby diapers. Instead, they are made to be worn like normal underwear. The waistband is a very common and imperative characteristic, allowing the diaper to fit properly and stop leaks.

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