After playing the catch-up game in my last two reviews and clearing out my backlog that piled up when I was down sick, it’s about time to move forward and continue to look at some lesser known brands and products such as the Param Pants Basis.
The naming may sound confusing, but this is what we here in Germany call “Marketing-Denglisch” (an artificial word made up of Deutsch and Englisch [German and English]), meaning this strange situation where some sleuth marketing guy just picked the wrong translation. Still, the product is your normal briefs style diaper. While we’re on the subject of exploring the finer points of language use, it of course becomes clear that the Basis moniker implies a somewhat limited or rudimentary product. This must not necessarily be a bad thing, even though you will need to forego some features that have been stripped out as a cost saving measure.
One of these is the uniform color. The product comes as completely white with only the production batch codes printed on and no other markings in all sizes and all absorption levels, which can be a bit confusing especially when differentiating the regular daytime and the night use variants. On the other hand this gives you some simple freedom of choice, should you be looking for some diapers without the usual color coding scheme. The shape and fit are regular enough to go along with that, so it’s perfectly feasible to use them as “tighty whities” (in a manner of speaking) if you are the kind of shy person that doesn’t want to give away too many details about his/her special underwear. At the same time, though, the foil is rather crinkly, so there are some definite rustling noises.
As hinted already, this diaper has no fancies, no frills and no special trimmings, making this a “use it or lose it” situation. Either it fits your needs or it doesn’t. Getting the tapes right is not too difficult, but of course you don’t get second chances or you end up ripping the foil apart. Funny enough, those simple products sometimes hold extremely well despite (or because of?) their stickies come with a different type of glue layer on them. In that regard and strictly in combination with the previous point the lack of ruffles is perhaps a bigger issue. The upper seam will definitely wear out and loosen a bit over time and you may not be able to compensate by readjusting the tapes. I would definitely recommend some extra fixation of the stronger type to provide some seal by pushing the nappy against your underbelly.
The pad has the classic, square-ish shape and extends nicely sideways in the front and back, but of course with the pulp and super absorber being the more cost-intensive components, it is not super-thick in this price category nor does it offer any special features, either. It will take in so and so many times of pee and it will prevent soiling your clothes, but you don’t have much of a safety margin and some thinking ahead is advised. Keeping count (or an eye on the clock) so as to not miss your changing time will be as important as watching the colorization of your white diaper. Incidentally this is one of the advantages of these semi-transparent white foils – you can easily monitor things if you so desire even without wetness indicators.
As a bulk product no doubt coming out of a generic factory you may encounter this exact diaper under a different brand name in your country. Here in Germany it’s distributed by Param GmbH, a medical supplies distributor. That also tends to be one of the bigger issues with these products – you often have to order them explicitly at some pharmacy or home care store, ideally knowing the order numbers, since they are usually not stock items immediately available. That’s a bit of a shame, especially when products are reasonably good and cost effective such as this.
Not to misunderstand me – this doesn’t do miracles, but if you have an eye on regular change intervals you can get through the day quite well. You probably may want to go with the night variants no matter what to stretch out that interval, anyway. Compared to otehr products, the pad would still be relatively thin and not give away anything. My overall impression is that it’s an okay product and it feels like I have tried some which are a lot worse than this already. However, the honest answer is that it’s a fine line between “just fine” and “total disaster”. You don’t even need to think of the usual individual fit and other things, but using budget products will come at the price of requiring a stricter regimen and more self-discipline to quite literally not make a mess and not get into unpredictable situations.