Picking up again on our diaper reviews it is time to look at a product that I’ve had encounters with on and off. Unusually enough one of the healthcare stores in a town nearby where I often have appointments at the hospital carries the Euron product range (they’re not that widely spread in Germany), so occasionally I stop by and pick up some of the good stuff, namely the Euron Slip range.
In those past few years they’ve gone through the transition from foil to breathable surfaces just like everyone else, but we’re talking exclusively about the textile variants exclusively here. Hailing from the Ontex empire (which also includes the Lilfit and ID brands) this diaper has a few things in common with those others, even if it’s made in an independent factory in Belgium.
One of those commonalities is a certain stiffness and rigidity of the dry materials. This is in fact even sort of visible in the pictures for this article where the diaper resisted being wrapped around the cushion I use as a body stand-in. ;-) At the same time this makes the product also kinda indestructible. It’s very hard to tear off those side wings even if you try. While that’s generally a good thing, of course it has the downside of reducing adaptability to your body. Having this wrapped around your legs feels like a very secure package, but also somewhat limits your motion and causes striations on your skin. Personally I can live with both, but more sensitive people may not find it at all pleasing.
Another aspect that may also not go down well with some is the rather rough and paper like feel of the surfaces even on the inside. It seems to me that this is in particular caused by the choice of tissue that has a tendency to fizzle. It’s technically not an issue for wearing the product and doesn’t cause any itching, it just looks and feels odd compared to other products that place more value on sensual factors.
One of the reasons I keep coming back to this product from time to time is the excellent absorbency. The mixture of cellulose and the other ingredients in the pad is just right and it’s very difficult to get it to leak under normal conditions. Additionally the balance is so good that the pad doesn’t swell that much. This means that if you get over the initial stiffness and get used to it, the diaper will stay almost identical for a good part of the time. It’s very predictable and allows for good wearing under clothes. Size wise the pad is somewhere halfway between the biggest ones and on the other hand the ones that have been trimmed down too much. One could say that it’s just about right, though naturally there is room for interpretation in both directions.
The tapes are of the velcro kind, but I’ve added a shot of an inbetween version featuring the old glue-on tapes as well. Because of the robustness of the carrier material on the shell, both could be re-positioned quite a bit, though due to the rough surface a lot of fibers will stick to the adhesive areas and clog them up, so after a while that advantage is lost. The two pictures also show two different absorption levels, by the way: green is Super and blue is Extra Plus. Like I said a number of times, I find wetness indicators far from essential to downright useless, but they’re there, nonetheless.
The single rectangular strengthening patch in the back doesn’t do much for me either, since the diaper is already very stable and doesn’t give much way to distort and sag out. That of course also helps a lot when wearing the product sans any additional fixation. It’s also generally in line with standard measurements, so you don’t have to worry about size issues. I would be more concerned about the limited flexibility and elasticity.
The more we are expanding beyond home turf, the more obvious it becomes how diverse and varied products can be, which generally is a good thing, but makes it more difficult to give recommendations. While for the most part Euron diapers are of good quality, it’s once more one of those if/ else things, as they say in computer programming. If you are sensitive to having too much pressure on your skin or need a certain degree of free movement, the rigid nature of the cover will get in the way. One can’t segway around that. There’s no reason to not use the product, on the other hand. You may just prefer to do so selectively. It’s not first choice when being out of house and running errants nor when crawling on all fours to clean your bathroom, but absolutely fine for sitting at home and reading a book and of course in bed.