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Large Washable Pads

These are washable versions of disposable pads and disposable all-in-ones and are used in a similar way to the disposable versions.

Washable products can be more cost effective than disposable so are worth considering.

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More likely to suit you if...Less likely to suit you if...
  • You are male
  • Your leakage is very heavy particularly at night
  • You are not prepared to carry used products when out
  • Your leakage is at the heavier end of light leakage
  • Discreetness and apperance are priorities for you

With terry towelling nappies (all-in-ones) worn with plastic pants your instinct is to choose close-fitting waterproof pants that look neat and tidy. Instead try plastic pants that are at least a size larger than you would normally wear. They may puff out a bit when sitting down, but the larger size will ensure that the towelling when wet is well covered at the waist and legs, eliminating leaks from wicking. Leg and waist elastic are much more comfy too.

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Top Tips

  1. Don't be put off using nappies and plastic pants for fear of them looking too clinical. There are a wide variety of plastic pants available in adult sizes nowadays including coloured pvc and nursery prints, I have several pairs of plastic pants that have a sheer nylon outer covering with lace trim that look lovely. I get flattering comments from my partner too!
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  3. A T-shaped terry towelling nappy eliminates the unnecessary bulk of a square terry nappy and is easier to pin on with a single nappy pin because of the reduced thickness. Extra absorbancy can be provided at the front with either a folded smaller nappy inserted in the front pocket, or by a disposable soaker pad.
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  5. For nightime wetters who may wake up to a saturated nappy, boost your terry towelling nappy capacity up to 2 litres with a disposable soaker pad inside your nappy. Remember, choose plastic panties that are generous enough to cover the entire nappy and then some. Go for the higher waist pants as you don't want the plastic pants sliding down and exposing the top of your nappy with wicking onto sheets. Top tip- make sure you pin the nappy as tight as possible to keep that soaker pad close fitting
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  7. If you suffer with incontinence, but are worried about going out to the pub for example, when heavy wetting is a real risk, leaks at the back of the leg bands of your plastic pants while sitting can be a real concern. Perhaps try bloomer style vinyl pants that are now available. They have longer bloomer style legs that come down towards the knee and allow your nappy or incontinence pad to absorb heavy urine loss into your pants and helps prevent embarrassing leaks for the heaviest of wetters.
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  9. Make sure you buy plastic pants with enough room to allow movement. Also if you leak heavily and have to use a soaker pad you may need a bigger pant.
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  11. When wearing nappies and plastic pants for night time incontinence then choose plastic pants that are one size larger than you first think. This will ensure that the plastic pants cover the nappy easily, reducing the risk of leaks and wicking onto sheets. The waterproof pants might look a little large, but they will do the job much better, and once in bed no one will see anyway.
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  13. Plastic pants can be rinsed under the tap with warm water only
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  15. If you don’t have a washing machine, rinse used pads before taking them to launderette
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  17. Don't be embarrassed by wearing nappies and rubber pants, they work very well and if anyone sees you in them, they know it is for medical reasons.
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  19. Terry towelling nappies and plastic pants are great for day or night use, make sure your plastic pants seal around your waist and leg and use clear pants so you can see when it's time for a change.
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  21. If you suffer with incontinence, but are worried about going out to the pub for example, when heavy wetting is a real risk, leaks at the back of the leg bands of your plastic pants while sitting can be a real concern. Perhaps try bloomer style vinyl pants that are now available. They have longer bloomer style legs that come down towards the knee and allow your nappy or incontinence pad to absorb heavy urine loss into your pants and helps prevent embarrassing leaks for the heaviest of wetters.
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