After a bit of a lull and some scheduling conflicts caused by my overflowing medical appointments calendar that had some impact on my ability to work on new stuff (though luckily I managed to squeeze in that laborious Rearz test two weeks ago at least), it’s now time to continue on making the world a better place and give you the goods. In favor over our (almost) weekly diaper test, this time something that goes back to the humble beginnings of this blog when I knew a lot less about this stuff.
Once my site reached a certain level of popularity, I saw some questions popping up on the dashboard pertaining to a rather specific product that I hadn’t even heard about – the Param Incontinence Slip. So long story short, since this kept reappearing on and off when people where reading my article on what to wear on top of their nappies, I wasn’t shy about it and asked and got myself one of those things thanks to the kind people at Param GmbH. I’ve been using it for a while now every now and then as an alternative to my usual plastic pants.
The first thing that becomes obvious is that those things aren’t really made as diaper covers, but rather as holders for shaped inserts/ pads. That’s why there’s this more opaque area where the pocket overlaps with the rest. The other thing to notice right away is that the slip/ briefs are made of cotton. That doesn’t seem to make sense, since normally you would would want such products to be impenetrable by liquids. This is of course taken care of – the inside of the pocket area is lined with a layer of transparent plastic material, which, based on their declaration of a “polyolefine”, seems to be poly isobutylene or poly propylene.
The relevance for using it in conjunction with slip type diapers lies in the fact that the area that is coated is the one that would be most sensitive while sitting, hence this is where it pays off the most – that point when your diaper is almost full and begins to release fluid again that it can no longer hold. This is often something you only notice when things have already seeped through when not wearing any such insulation, because the amount of liquid is usually too small. In such a situation this bit of extra protection can be most welcome and can be considered sufficient until you get around to actually changing your diaper for a fresh one. Another tiny bit of protection, if you want to call it that, is provided by the overlapping areas, which function like a textile diaper. Granted, it’s not much, either, but it can efficiently delay your clothes getting moist for a short while.
As a cotton product the advantage is of course that it is breathable in large parts and in addition less prone to causing skin irritations. This could make it a viable option for the upcoming warm summer days when used in combination with a breathable surface diaper. As a downside of course it doesn’t seal in any odors as well as your favorite plastic pant.
Finally, there’s that little problem with the appearance. This by no means is a fashion product and whether you will want to wear it, will depend a lot on the situation, in particular how great the chance of it being visible. For us males the laced leg seams may be even more of an issue. As it is, I still prefer a nice plastic pant whenever I know that someone could get to see my diapered bum at the doctor’s or my physical therapy. Overall it’s okay, though, and one could hope that they may add more products that cover those issues – black boxer briefs with this kind of coating might not be a bad idea.