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Diaper Test: Rearz Lil’ Monsters

While last year had a bit of a slump with regard to new product releases in the colorful diapers department, this year makes more than up for it and is swarming with new stuff to try out. So here we go again and will be checking out Rearz‘ latest offering, the Lil’ Monsters. I totally skipped over their skull-and-crossbones printed Rebel and it’s been a while since the Lil Squirts as well, so this is a good opportunity to check out where Rearz these days is at in terms of quality and user-friendliness of their diaper products.

Rearz Lil' Monsters, Packages for different Sizes

The first thing to note is that the packaging has become more professional and now features printed bags as opposed to the old plain transparent bags with crude label stickers. It’s by no means essential for using the products, but it clearly helps with sales presentation and also gives you a good feeling when unpacking those big crates and boxes from your favorite online retailer. A unique feature is the labeling being printed in French on one side and in English on the other, which of course makes sense with Rearz being a Canadian company and both languages being officially used there.

Another thing to notice right away is the number of pieces per pack. Unlike the older products that wir firmly locked to ten units per bag, here you get 12 for size L and even 14 for size M. That alone indicates that there might be further differences worth exploring and of course there are or else I probably wouldn’t have troubled myself with writing this article.

Rearz Lil' Monsters, Package

The basic dimensions match up with Rearz‘ other products and are slightly larger than your average European diaper with the length from front to back for the M being around 83 cm and for the L around 94 cm. Likewise the panel widths are approximately at 68 cm and 81 cm. Now of course none of that tells you much about the actual shape and fit and that’s where it gets interesting.

Rearz Lil' Monsters, different Sizes

As the images below kinda indicate, the diaper retains the asymmetrical proportions used on most of their other current products, meaning the aft panel is about one-third taller/ higher than the front panel. This is meant to allow the diaper to go relatively high up in the back, providing good bum coverage, while at the same time resulting in a somewhat triangular shape in the crotch and ensuring freedom of movement. Here’s the thing: The less bulbous my tummy gets due to my weight loss, the more this delicate balance shifts and it does so in – at least for me – unexpected ways.

In fact it’s getting less favorable for size M and at the same time my user experience with L-sized diapers improves. I suppose without a “stopper” to hold it down I’m too keen on pulling the front parts up a bit too far and this then interferes with the design intention for the M. Just in the opposite way, (almost) having a waistline makes it more enjoyable to wrap an L around your hips. At the moment I’m neither here nor there and both methods have their quirks and shortcomings, but I could see this becoming a significant factor eventually which might result in me resorting to a size L more often in the future.

Rearz Lil' Monsters, Front

A point of contention on some forums is the absorbent pad. A few users claim it wouldn’t be that great and not as good as on other Rearz products. I cannot confirm any of this, but the fact of the matter is that indeed the pad is at the very least different from those other diapers. This can easily be verified by measuring it and weighing the dry product. The pad is wider in the front and back, but the diaper overall is not as heavy as e.g. a Safari. Now I’ll be careful here, as a lot of that could be attributed to manufacturing tolerances and discrepancies, which depending on the manufacturer can be considerable even across all the pieces in a single pack, but I won’t write it off as unintentional, either.

Based on that of course you could argue that the overall capacity is a little less, but since here on this blog I prefer to focus on practical aspects rather than winding myself up over theoretical specs, I think it’s not really relevant. An effective use of around 1600 ml of total liquid absorption in my world is more than enough even during the night. Granted, it my come in short e.g. when compared to last article’s ABU product, but on a rational level it’s still pretty good. Personally I’m not necessarily wearing the diapers that long most of the time to even come close to this maxed out usage, so I really consider it a non-issue.

A small hitch in all this is the softness of the pad, anyway. It’s surprisingly soft. That is very pleasant on a fresh diaper up to a certain degree of wetness, but gets a bit uncomfortable beyond a certain tipping point. At least I’m not the person who gets a kick out of overly mushy pads, which further reinforces my point of changing the diaper at predictable intervals and earlier than some other people might and overall absorption perhaps sometimes being not the most critical factor.

Rearz Lil' Monsters, Side View

Before we leave, let’s have a look at the design. It’s a primary selling point for these types of products and as far as that goes, I think this one hits the right beats. It’s very colorful and noticeable, yet the overall combination doesn’t annoy you. I love myself a pure, radiant blue, so this is obviously more than just fine with me. It’s really nothing I would be embarrassed about it peeking out of my denims. This is helped by the monsters being cute, but simple and somewhat non-specific in their design, so you could brush off any questions about them as “So what?” when being asked about it. My only small gripe is with the pattern repeat. It would have been better to use a longer tiling and not a simple flip-flop vertical mirroring. That could have avoided two monsters of the same type appearing so close to each other.

Rearz Lil' Monsters, Back

Overall the Lil’ Monsters may not be the “now with more More” product that people always seem to expect in this race for the ultimate diaper with every new release trying to outdo the previous offering from a competitor, but it’s still a very solid diaper in the upper category. It’s by no means as bad as I have heard people talking about it and if you can tone down your excitement and expectations to a realistic level, it will be more than adequate even for some more demanding situations. If the color and design are up your alley there’s nothing speaking against trying out this product, assuming you don’t mind the price tag. As usual this is a serious consideration, too, like with all other imported products. Lucky enough it’s only slightly above 20 Euros here in Germany at SaveExpress, which is still okay (if only barely), but it may be more costly where you live.

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Diaper Test: ABU Simple Ultra and PeekABU

At this point they have been out for a while and quite unusually I even had the packages catching dust in my flat for almost two months, but as happens so often I only now got around to actually testing the ABU Simple Ultra and ABU PeekABU, respectively, with one being the more colorful version of the other and vice versa.

ABU Simple Ultra, Packages for different Sizes

As evidenced by the first picture I went rather batty this time and got the product in three sizes – M, L and XL – plus of course then my regular size M also with the colorful prints, making this a somewhat more expensive test than usual. I’ve made it a habit now to include size L in my reviews for reference if possible, but one of the things that often frustrates me a bit is feeling like caught between flood and fire when it comes to the fit due to my tummy getting in the way.

I’ve lost a bit of weight in recent months, but I’m not quite where I want to be on that. Therefore this typically means that a size L doesn’t go up far enough (or already too far, depending on how you see it) and ends up in that unfavorable equator zone where it is being pushed down again. That means you settle on wearing a size M below the belly line or go the other direction with an XL. The latter keeps proving an interesting experience over and over again for me, since it almost feels like wearing a bodice/ vest. Not that I would particularly mind fearlessly wearing such a construct even in public, but still, it seems and feels a bit odd. Most importantly it affects the range of motion in your lower spine and abdomen, making it hugely impractical e.g. for my physical therapy sessions. That and of course there’s no realistic way to actually exploit the full capacity of the pad this way.

ABU Simple Ultra, Sizes

The actual measurements of the various sizes nicely scale up with each step and comply to established standards pretty well, ranging from around 80 cm transversal length and 66 cm panel width on the size M up to 98 cm length and 85 cm width on the XL, with the L being  almost perfectly in the middle between both with 90 cm length and 75 cm width. Especially for us Europeans this makes it easy to correlate the measurements with what is common here and pick the right size, which more or less should not require to pick anything different and allow you to stick with your standard size. Regardless, these diapers feel a bit more roomy than what you may be used to, even though it’s not like in the past where products aimed at US markets had even more extra centimeters and felt rather spacious at times.

ABU Simple Ultra and PeekABU, Packages

The “big deal” with these new products are ABU‘s claims to them being thinner compared to similar ones due to using the latest super absorber technology. Frankly I don’t really care whatever generation SAP they use as long as it does the trick just as I don’t really care much for the thickness. It’s not like we’re talking about a cheap paper-thin diaper like the ones your health insurance may pay for. Rather we’re talking about a premium product aimed at maximum absorbency and wearing comfort. It should be clear to most people from the outset that this will always require a certain thickness and size of the absorbent pad. So for what it’s worth – aside from being a marketing point, it probably doesn’t have much practical relevance.

ABU Simple Ultra, Package

My tests seem to confirm that. While factually it indeed may be “thinner” (hard to measure), neither the dry weight nor overall impression are that far removed from ABU‘s older products. So there you have it – it’s probably more the normal advances in technology then a specific effort by some company’s secret science lab. Not saying that it’s bad, but not a point I would belabor and make a fuss about. Given the primary target demographic for these products it seemed odd to begin with.

With all that said, everyone can relax and enjoy the same comfort you may be used to from other ABU diapers. The new materials used don’t have any negative influence on overall absorption. As you well know I don’t obsess about maximum capacity, as under practical conditions it’s often not possible to fully use it, anyway, but those products are still at the upper end of the spectrum. Those 6250 ml according to ISO pretty well translate to about 2000 ml of effective use and if you’re really of that mindset, you possibly could push it even further at the cost of eliminating any safety margin that may be left. That could last you a long day out and about, but of course this diaper first and foremost still remains a product you’d probably mostly wear when cuddling up in bed or at least in the comfort and safety of your home.

ABU PeekABU, Package Reverse

The PeekABU is merely the colorful brother to the Simple Ultra and therefore shares pretty much all of its properties. Since you get ten pieces per pack, but only have four individual designs you’re of course stuck with the problem that your favorite print may only be included twice while a less favorable one could be on three of the diapers.

ABU PeekABU, Designs

The prints themselves are okay, but don’t have me raving due to the somewhat odd color choices. They look very “cold” instead of radiant and cheerful. That’s why my favorite is the more or less neutral grey wolf. The idea in itself is funny, but probably has little payoff in reality unless you drop your pants all the time and have the animals literally peeking out. At least they had the good sense to not include a certain critter or the question “Is that a badger in your pants?” could have gotten yet another awkward meaning. ;-)

ABU PeekABU, Front

In the usual fashion the faces are printed on the extra foil sticker area that provides the backing to tack on the adhesive tapes, also giving you enough room to readjust them if and when necessary. On the other hand it makes things feel a bit rigid, so it’s a two-edged sword, even more so since after years of wearing diapers I tend to get things right on the first try and do not necessarily need this safety net. When you screw up and need to fix a crooked fit it’s most welcome, though.

The actual fit is pretty good, at least on yours truly. As I pointed out in the first chapter these products generally feel a bit bigger than their measurements might imply, which is a credit to how well their overall shape is designed. In terms of that the pad is pretty traditional or conventional just as well, which in my world, where a certain coverage of the posterior is always required, is a good thing.

ABU PeekABU, Side View

The front/ back panels and wings reach relatively far up, which again is beneficial if you suffer from fecal incontinence issues. This also plays nice with my hollow back as in the aft part being so tall it doesn’t leave an open crack on my forward-bent spine. My only minor gripe would be that the foil surface occasionally seems a bit to tough for its own good. I find that I have to be pretty careful to unravel any rolled up and wrinkled regions to avoid striations and pressure marks, in particular on my legs. Some other products are a bit more forgiving in that regard.

The other thing is that possibly the sideguards/ liners could be a bit taller now that everyone else seems to have moved on to ones that sometimes feel as high as a garden fence. It’s debatable, though, as this wouldn’t make up all shortcomings of the pad itself. If you get my meaning: Those liners wouldn’t be able to hold back a flood of pee if the pad didn’t absorb and distribute the liquid fast and well enough. This is not an issue with the Simple Ultra/ PeekABU as the overall soaking behavior of the pad is pretty even. The fluids are transported throughout the entirety of the pad and the super absorber is spread uniformly, so you don’t get thick lumps or on the other shallow, munchy regions consisting only of wet pulp.

ABU PeekABU, Back

If it wasn’t for the prohibitive pricing, this could be yet another nice ABU product, but in light of much more affordable alternatives like the BetterDry/ Crinklz I won’t give it a clean thumbs-up. It’s really getting to a point where the prices are approaching ridiculous levels and they aren’t justifiable even if you allow overhead for import fees and taxes for us Europeans. Conversely you can’t excuse it with technological advancements, as they are minor and negligible during practical use. So what remains is a mostly excellent product that however you may not be able to buy as often as you would like, unfortunately. You will want to savor it for those special moments and ask friends and family to give you packs as presents for your birthday (or Christmas)…

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Diaper Test: Crinklz Astronaut and Aquanaut

It’s been a bit of a slump due to materials for reviews not rolling in in time and the summer heat having melted my brain, but now things look much better again and there should be a relatively stable stream of articles in the next few weeks. For today’s review we begin with something that is a bit lighter in terms of the amount of text you may have to read as well as making it a bit easier for me to actually write the article simply because I will be able to cut a few corners and reference the original article on the second-generation Crinklz. To be fair, though, the new Astronaut and Aquanaut flavors offer more than just a different pattern print, so they warrant a somewhat closer look and deeper explanation here and there, regardless.

Crinklz Astronaut, Package

I haven’t bought any of the BetterDry/ Crinklz products in a long time, so this is a welcome opportunity to re-evaluate some aspects that I missed in-between like the minor revisions of the shape, adhesive tapes and a few other things. The reason of course is that ever since I smoothed out issues with my health insurance I get a regular supply of diapers for my medical needs, reducing the necessity of buying extra incontinence supplies on top. That and of course due to testing stuff for my blog I always have something extra to use floating about, no matter what.

Crinklz Aquanaut, Package

With the little furry critters of the original version appealing to all sorts of special interest/ fetish-oriented communities from ABDL to furries and pup players it seems only consequent that those animals would make another appearance, only in differently themed designs. As a result we get two of them, the space-y Astronaut and the underwater Aquanaut. I have a bit of a knack for both subjects, being a big fan of sea creatures, but also nerdy cosmology stuff, so this pushes the right buttons with me. Still, to me the Aquanaut seem a bit more innovative and also slightly better balanced in the overall design, so I went with that for the remainder of the article.

Crinklz Astronaut and Aquanaut, Prints

Trying on the first example of the new batch I felt right at home with what I remember from back then. The foil on this product is still quite thin, which brought back fears of premature ripping or extreme stretching. Thankfully this is not the case and the foil is in fact amazingly stable and resilient. Arguably the only reason this might ever change would be  if they decided to use a thicker, more opaque backing to bring out the prints better. That’s about the only little complaint I would have, if you want to call it that – the side parts are a bit too transparent which depending on how the wings overlap and what color your skin is, making it look a bit iffy at times.

Crinklz Aquanaut, Front

The resilience of the outer shell is most useful with regards to the strong adhesive tapes. The lack of adhesion was one of the weakest spots on the initial production batch and this immediately got remedied in subsequent batches. Oddly enough to me the stickies appear almost too strong for their own good and probably at this point could even be reduced in size and still do their job well enough. I’m not complaining, though, ‘cos as you all know I like things to be very tight and naturally strong tapes make it a lot easier.

Another “fix” that was introduced relatively quickly after the product was brought to market were the extra-deep/ tall side liners/ flow guards. Mind you, they were far from being short and narrow even in the first version, but after the revision they now clock in at a whopping six centimeters, which must make them some of the broadest ones in any incontinence product. If you allow me to put it this way: Your male bits should be firmly enclosed left and right and any sideways leakage should be pretty rare, if not impossible.

Crinklz Aquanaut, Side View

Most of you will likely agree that the best part about the BetterDry and Crinklz was/ is the thick, yet soft absorbent pad. That seems to have changed somewhat. Granted, it’s difficult to judge this based on vague memories, but it seems to me that the pad feels a lot more firm and not quite as soft as I remember it. It definitely takes a moment before it loosens up, meaning it will require at least a bit of wetness to get that old feeling back.

The rest really hasn’t changed much, at least for me. There have allegedly been a few tweaks to the shape of the pad, in particular the tapered section between the legs, after some users thought it was too wide, but since I never have suffered from any of these issues it’s hard to say whether or not this has any effect in practice.

Crinklz Aquanaut, Back

For the most part the Crinklz to me still is what it is (or for that matter the BetterDry) – a well-fitting, very comfortable diaper that I wouldn’t mind wearing all the time if my health insurance would cover the cost, but that otherwise is a nice fun product to literally pamper yourself with from time to time. The new prints spice up things for a while at least and should make it possible to find your favorite theme.

Any negative sides? Sure. With those new editions, prices have gone up once again and with such complex, colorful prints the likelihood of color rubbing off on your clothes is as high as it always has been with the Crinklz, so maybe wear some protective pants before dirtying up your favorite onesie. Still, one can’t deny that this is a pretty perfect diaper if ever there was one and I can recommend it to anyone without feeling bad about it.

SpecialKids.Company Giveaway closed

Due to the heat the last few weeks have been a bit slow around here, but our little giveaway has proceeded as planned and is now closed. Thanks for all that participated! I’ll contact the winners in the next few days, so keep an eye peeled for those e-mails. ;-)

Summer Laziness

Sometimes things don’t go according to plan and so here I am, telling you once again why you won’t be getting your weekly dose of hacky English and diaper pictures. ;-)

First, of course the usual happened that has happened for a few weeks every year – the weather was too damned hot, so I turned into a sloth. My constant state of exhaustion/ chronic fatigue is bad enough as it is without summer heat  exacerbating it further, but with those sizzling temperatures I just want to lie in bed all day. Aside from my household chores and idling away what little extra time is left time with some LEGO-related stuff I barely get anything else done during such phases.

Additionally my plans were thwarted by the endless delays in companies rolling out their new products. It’s funny how some products were announced in January/ February for an April release and only now slowly find their way into the usual online stores for ordering. I’m trying to catch up and will have something for you soon-ish, but things are still going to progress rather slowly, so bear with me.

In the meantime there’s still almost two weeks left on our little giveaway, so if you haven’t already, you can still enter and win one of those gorgeous KayCey Vest onesies.

Diaper Test: Nateen Combi

Back then I always wanted to do a proper test of the Nateen Combi diapers, but then this opportunity was snatched away when the only German distributor closed its doors and shortly thereafter other vendors in Europe also stopped carrying the product line due to the transition from foil to a breathable outer surface (Guess which side those resellers were on when it comes to that preference! ;-) ). As a result, I was ever only able to do a shortened version of a test thanks to some leftover pieces the folks at Diaper Minister sent me.

I never lost sight of “doing it right” and so I patiently waited for my next chance and that arose when I stumbled upon a new supplier called Smartlifetime.com. You gotta hand it to the Belgians – when it comes to the availability of incontinence products they certainly are at the forefront of it, at least here in Europe. Of course that’s easy for them, with some manufacturing and import companies also heaving headquarters and factories in that little country.

Nateen Combi, Packages, Different Absorption Levels

Wanting to be thorough about it, I went the full mile and got all absorption levels and in addition one of them in the two sizes relevant to me, size M and L. First lets explore the absorption part.

Nateen Combi, Packages, Different Absorption Levels

Ranging from the weakest to strongest absorption rating the individual levels are called Soft, Plus, Maxi and Ultra, respectively. Since every pack contains exactly ten pieces you can already get a feel for what to expect just by gauging the package sizes. This becomes even more apparent when you place them directly side by side. The two lowest levels are about equal in package size, but the Maxi and Ultra have each different dimensions. Naturally, these will again be different across sizes, so you might have a bit of a problem when it comes to stacking them up in your garage or whatever you may use as your storage facility if you mix & match different versions.

Nateen Combi, Different Absorption Levels

Taking a specimen from each package and stacking them (flattened out under pressure with a heavy bathroom tile in my case) is somewhat inconclusive with regards to distinguishing the levels just visually. If someone just showed you a picture, you couldn’t really tell how thick each absorption level is. You only get a better impression once you hold each one in your hand and feel how it responds to pressure and how it flip-flops around a bit more or a bit less depending on the actual variant. Part of this problem is the rather inconsistent product appearance. Allow me to elaborate and linger on that a bit.

Nateen Combi, Different Absorption Levels

According to their own website, Nateen have their products manufactured in three different factories in China and it shows unfortunately, not in a good way. Let’s discard the Soft version on the leftmost position in the above image having a foil panel for the time being. Clearly I ended up with a leftover package from the transitional phase and current production runs would look like the other three items.

If you look closely at those, you see that each one is distinctly different in terms of how it is folded, how it got squeezed/ compressed in the package, where the fader-type wetness indicator strips are placed. Even the cellulose fluff has a slightly different coloration in the Plus model. That’s definitely not what I would call consistent branding. Don’t even get me started on how wrinkled some of the diapers are on the inside! You could write this off as my usual niggles, of course, and it shouldn’t affect the usability, should it? Unfortunately it kinda does. Each absorption level seems to give a different user experience based on the mix of components and ingredients. Allow me to tiptoe through each one of them.

The Soft version is basically your “use once (or twice) and then throw away” version as it would most commonly be used in stationary medical care where there’s always someone at hand that can change the diaper. For most people reading this blog it’s therefore probably not the most relevant. Having ended up with the intermediate version, my biggest complaint here would have been that the adhesive tapes were a bit weak, but this could be totally be due to the package having sat in storage for too long. During the short time you would be wearing this the behavior is predictable enough and the product reasonably retains its shape, being that you can only push so far with filling it up.

I used the Plus for those two or three hours in the evening between showering and actually going to bed and whatever one does during that time like watching TV. Things get a bit odd with this one “on the last mile”, as it were. Up to a certain point it behaves pretty much like the Soft and feels comfortable, but beyond this mark it starts to feel more and more mushy with every drop you squeeze into it. I also noticed that a considerable amount of vapor seeped through the outer surface, leaving lots of condensation droplets on my plastic pants. Ergo it would be logical to never go without those, as this moisture would make things very uncomfortable when it goes directly into your onesie or textile underpants.

The Maxi in my opinion is the best balanced of all the versions. As you would expect and as its name implies the amount of liquid it can hold is considerable and I always found it to be more than sufficient even when out of home for a bit longer. In particular I liked that this model never actually feels saggy and in fact somewhat firm as I’m used to from my daily go-to product Attends Slip Regular or others like Tena Slip. It seems to me that this also avoids the issue with the condensed liquid.

The Ultra should add that extra bit of even more absorption on top, but strangely falls back into Plus territory when it comes how it actually feels. My impression is that just adding more absorbent material to the pad once again doesn’t work and while on many other products of that ilk I have criticized them being too hard and thus screwing up absorbency, here it is the exact opposite. For my taste after a while things got a bit too soggy and saggy, so I tended to change my diaper even if presumably the product could have sustained yet another shot of pee (or more).

Nateen Combi Ultra, Packages, Sizes M and L

The oddities and slight quirks with the appearance continue across different sizes as well as is evident in the picture below. Once again a case of factory A vs. factory B, I suppose. Additionally there’s a confusing disparity with the sizes themselves when compared to other products and established standard measurements.

The size M adheres to those standards pretty well – at about 65 cm panel width and 78 cm transversal length front to back it’s pretty much in the range you would find on a Tena, Attends, etc. product, covering the usual 80 to 110 cm circumference. The size L on the other hand exceeds those standard specs and in fact comes across more like an XL. Its front-to-back length is around 98 cm instead of the more common 90 cm, the panel width 83 cm instead of 78 cm. Those little bits here and there add up.

The good news in all of that is of course that if you are caught in the “gap” between L and XL you might be presented with a chance here to go with the smaller product while still being able to wear it comfortably. These observations also make me wonder what the actual XL version might be like. Perhaps I will buy a pack one day just to satisfy my curiosity.

Nateen Combi Ultra, Sizes M and L

For me wearing the size L is a bit awkward as there is seemingly no way to get it fixated as I would like. Admittedly, though, this could simply be a case of needing more practice, i.e. having to buy a few more packs to figure things out. The biggest issue in my case is that it ends up to high on the waist line and then the old chain of cause and effect kicks in – my belly pushes things out, the diaper slides down and overall there is just too much air in the crotch region to really feel safe.

Nateen Combi Ultra, Package, Size M

As always my primary testing efforts were focused on size M. In addition to what has been said about the absorption levels and sizes already, there are a few more things worth mentioning. The first would be the shape of the absorbent pad. It’s identical across the whole range and thankfully isn’t “over-optimized” with the sideways extensions in the front and back not having trimmed to a strip. I love myself some good bum coverage and this product is therefore highly suitable for people with fecal incontinence issues. There’s a high likelihood everything will stay sealed in beyond your buttocks and not come out left and right of your butt crack.

Nateen Combi Ultra, Front

While the basic shape and fit are just fine, the material of the outer surface is rather thin and tends to wear out after a certain time and amount of liquid in your diaper. This almost inevitably means that you may need to check and re-fasten your tapes at some point, which however then could also damage the surface when you have to tear the tapes off an all too moist product. Hmmm… It’s an imperfect world, but this is not how things should be.

Nateen Combi Ultra, Side View

The tapes are pretty much standard fare, but their being entirely white makes it at times difficult to figure out where to pull in a situation like described above. On a few occasions they also were reluctant to come off their backing foil when first putting on the diaper, so I managed to pull of their socket/ anchoring tape that is supposed to hold them on the shell a couple of times. Because the tapes are also kinda stiff and thick, you sometimes don’t even notice. In any case, you have to be careful.

Nateen Combi Ultra, Back

Overall this is by no means a bad product, but it has issues that can’t be ignored. The inconsistent branding is a minor one, though you still have to ask “Why ?“. Companies like Hartmann or SCA/ Essity (Tena) go out of their way to provide the same experience even when products are produced in different facilities all across the globe, so it seems just weird they can’t manage the same in their factories that are relatively close by one another in China. Quality management, anyone?

The fit and softness of the product are once more a matter of individual preference. I prefer almost harness-like, tight diapers that are not too soft, others may be just the opposite and want things super soft. What cannot be debated, however, are things like possibly having to adjust your tapes halfway through the wearing time. This definitely needs to be addressed. While I still think that something has been lost or gone awry in the transition from a foil-based product to one with a breathable surface, not all is lost.

My personal favorite is the Maxi as it hits all the right beats and simply works. The others are kind of okay-ish. For me, anyway. Your own testing may skew in a different direction and the good part is that you can do so on a modest budget. Since only ten pieces are in every pack, the resulting prices per pack are low enough. You could even throw in one of them just to pad out your purchase and get entitlement for free shipping, should you come up short of whatever value a distributor may have set as the threshold…

Giveaway Time: SpecialKids.Company KayCey Vests

As I wrote in my latest article, here’s another little giveaway for you. Two lucky winners can win one of two available KayCey Vest diaper suits/ special needs garments in size 176 (age 15-16). The contest is open until June 15, 2018 and after that date the winners will be contacted to provide a physical address to have their prizes shipped to them.

SpecialKids.Company KayCey Vest, Giveaway

Just fill out the contact form below and indicate which model you would prefer in case of a win. Note that only the two examples are available in the size indicated. No substitutes or alternate prizes, so make sure you would be able to wear the onesies or know someone who might enjoy them. Multiple entries are allowed and prizes will be shipped to wherever you are using the cheapest possible method. Additional charges and fees may apply for non-EU residents. Have fun!

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