One of the things we hear about often is the idea of double diapering or adding something inside of the diaper because it’s leaking or the absorbency isn’t good enough. I understand that idea. If one diaper or one pull-up is not doing the job, then just add another one, right? Wrong.

The Backing is the Problem

The reason that idea doesn’t work is that all of these diapers or pullups are made with a vinyl layer in the back. Nothing goes through the back of the diaper! So when you put two diapers on, really what happens is that the one that’s closest to the body is absorbing what is going to be absorbed, and nothing’s passing through to the other product because of the vinyl backing. Some people even try putting a baby diaper inside an adult diaper.  No matter what method of double diapering is used, what ends up happening is the diaper on the outside of the first diaper (or pullup) is really not doing anything. Sometimes a little leakage from the leg openings or the back might get picked up by the second product, but using an extra diaper or pullup to absorb a very small amount of fluid is not cost-effective.

Polymer is the Solution

The real solution is added polymer to increase absorbency. The great thing is that you’re in luck! There are a number of manufacturers that make products called “booster pads” or “liners”. These are not the same as bladder pads.  Bladder pads also have a vinyl backing, as a diaper does. The pads fill up and then nothing else goes through. Booster pads, on the other hand, add polymer-which is the fluffy stuff inside a diaper that turns to jelly when moisture is added. (You have seen it pop out of the baby diapers in a swimming pool.) Booster pads or “liners” don’t have a vinyl backing. They are just filled with polymer. Add the booster pads...and you’re adding absorbency!

Choose the Right Product

So the solution is not to double diaper nor to use a bladder pad inside a diaper. Instead, add a booster pad to add absorbency with extra polymer.  Need even more polymer?  Booster pads are stackable. Start with just one; but then add as many as you need-before it becomes uncomfortable for the person, of course. 

Booster pads come in different shapes and sizes. There are straight pads and contoured pads. Contoured pads are shaped like the inside of the diaper to make a true “liner”. There are even booster pads for children's diapers! Booster pads and liners are made by many different manufacturers. 

So stop doubling your diapers. Try booster pads! They are an inexpensive solution because you can get lots of booster pads for an inexpensive price. You will be surprised at the money you will save overall on incontinence supplies each month, and your client or loved one will be a lot more comfortable. 

 - Clint Chapman, Founding Owner of PMF