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    Question Modified Way to Put on a Diaper?

    Ok, short version. I have moderate left-sided cerebral palsy, which affects the strength and dexterity of my left hand.

    I thought of a way that I could put on taped diapers independently and I want some feedback.

    The diapers I would be using are ABU Cushies/Lavender, Bambino Bellisimo, Tykables Overnights and ID Slips. I want to make sure this method would work before I buy the diapers.

    So, my idea is this: Tape the tapes loosely to the front of the diaper, step in and then readjust the tapes to fit. I'm looking for feedback from anyone who has used these diapers or anyone who has any other ideas. Do you think the tapes would hold up? Because I don't want to be limited to just pull-ups

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    Well, it's difficult for me to comment on what might suit your particular level of dexterity, but I've found that I can re-tape Cushies at least twice before the tapes start losing their grip. I've been home alone for a couple of days, and have been going about my usual home routine in Cushies--the adhesive tape variety, as they're now all that's available. Not being a messer, I'll untape them when I have to do a #2, and re-taping works fine. I actually slept in twice-re-taped Cushies last night, and I'm a bit of a tosser and a turner. Woke up still secure in my diaper. Two thumbs up for the Cushies adhesive!

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    That's a good start. 1/4 isn't bad to begin with. Thanks!

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    Most of the diapers I wear, I put the tape on BEFORE I put on the diaper. I know exactly where they go, and pull them up like a pullup. I get a perfect fit every time. And it's faster if I'm in a hurry to have one already taped up on the top of the stack, ready to go.

    Once you get a good fit, pull your diaper down carefully, lay it out and flatten/straighten it. Note where the tapes are. Difficulty varies on the diaper, depending on if you have any good "landmarks" to go by. Try not to use any printed pattern on the tape panel itself, because those often aren't consistent. The art on the diaper SHELL should be consistent, at least left to right. Many of the better ABDL diapers nowadays have an easily identified transition between front and side, and that's about where my tapes tend to go, so spotting them is pretty easy.

    When in doubt, I just measure. A comfy overnight fit is 42" around the top tapes. (you can measure this by removing your diaper, flatten it out, and measure the width of the diaper, stretched out, from one side to the other, and multiply that by 2) So measure from tape to tape (before opening, and give it a little stretch if the back has elastic), then add the extended lengths of both tapes, and subtract that from whatever your size is. Thats how far apart they need to be in the front. Mark it with a marker, then put down the tapes. The lowers go in some orientation relative to the uppers and will be easy to get down consistently once the tops are down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bambinod View Post
    Most of the diapers I wear, I put the tape on BEFORE I put on the diaper. I know exactly where they go, and pull them up like a pullup. I get a perfect fit every time. And it's faster if I'm in a hurry to have one already taped up on the top of the stack, ready to go.

    Once you get a good fit, pull your diaper down carefully, lay it out and flatten/straighten it. Note where the tapes are. Difficulty varies on the diaper, depending on if you have any good "landmarks" to go by. Try not to use any printed pattern on the tape panel itself, because those often aren't consistent. The art on the diaper SHELL should be consistent, at least left to right. Many of the better ABDL diapers nowadays have an easily identified transition between front and side, and that's about where my tapes tend to go, so spotting them is pretty easy.

    When in doubt, I just measure. A comfy overnight fit is 42" around the top tapes. (you can measure this by removing your diaper, flatten it out, and measure the width of the diaper, stretched out, from one side to the other, and multiply that by 2) So measure from tape to tape (before opening, and give it a little stretch if the back has elastic), then add the extended lengths of both tapes, and subtract that from whatever your size is. Thats how far apart they need to be in the front. Mark it with a marker, then put down the tapes. The lowers go in some orientation relative to the uppers and will be easy to get down consistently once the tops are down.
    So it seems like it will come down to practice then. Shouldn't be an issue

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    Yaaaaaaaaaaaaay! Someone kinda like me! Other than the righty part. I sit, but apart from me using a wheelchair, and being effected in the opposite hand, we seem quite similar I think your method should work. Don't quote me if it doesn't.

    If if it doesn't, try sitting the diaper down in a chair, sitting down atop it, doing up the bad hand side first, loosely, then the other. To be honest, the fact that plastic-backed diaper tapes can only be stuck and restuck so many times, is why I prefer clothlike disposables, but the Velcro reminds me of AFOs being put on and taken off, so I like cloth with snaps better. They can be pre-snapped and put on however works best for you. Point is, I feel your pain!


    You might try the Abena Abri Wing, or another belted brand, if the clothlike backing isn't an absolute deal breaker. Some of them look more like funny pads than diapers, but putting on a disposable is likely to still be an asspain.

    There are also, "Pad and pant systems," like the Abena Abri-San. There's also one from Tena.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpAzpieSweeTot View Post
    Yaaaaaaaaaaaaay! Someone kinda like me! Other than the righty part. I sit, but apart from me using a wheelchair, and being effected in the opposite hand, we seem quite similar I think your method should work. Don't quote me if it doesn't.

    If if it doesn't, try sitting the diaper down in a chair, sitting down atop it, doing up the bad hand side first, loosely, then the other. To be honest, the fact that plastic-backed diaper tapes can only be stuck and restuck so many times, is why I prefer clothlike disposables, but the Velcro reminds me of AFOs being put on and taken off, so I like cloth with snaps better. They can be pre-snapped and put on however works best for you. Point is, I feel your pain!


    You might try the Abena Abri Wing, or another belted brand, if the clothlike backing isn't an absolute deal breaker. Some of them look more like funny pads than diapers, but putting on a disposable is likely to still be an asspain.

    There are also, "Pad and pant systems," like the Abena Abri-San. There's also one from Tena.
    Haha, thanks so much! Do you have CP too? Right hemiplegia, it seems?

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    i'm currently using mini-bungees on certain brands of dispy (and trads), such as Betterdry and Indaslip:
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    i tend to afix the bungee after doing the legs and in a standing position, but you can fix the bungee beforehand and then step into the diaper. as you can see in the pics, i pierce through the folded back tape and that piercing can be a bit fiddly, so you may need to pre-pierce or use a hole-puncher (a paper hole-puncher, if you have one).
    the hook of the bungee should also be bent inward on itself to avoid catching yourself, especially if you're going to be pulling the diaper up and/or down.
    this method holds up surprisingly well, even on dispies with crap taping at the legs (which are always going to need repositioning as you wear and wet).

    i have other ideas, but the above has proven itself the most cost-effective and practical.
    i am on the lookout for clips which will hold both dispies and trads without coming unclipped (and, for dispies, which clamp hard enough without ripping the material), so watch this space.
    i also have an idea for a one-handed method of using the aforesaid bungees (it'll use two bungees for fastening at the waist).

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChildofLeaves View Post
    Haha, thanks so much! Do you have CP too? Right hemiplegia, it seems?
    Actually, diagnosed spastic diplegic, (basically, both legs) but because we know a white coat and MD don't keep people from being idiots, and because there's enough going on with my right hand, I consider it triplegic, but it's weird. My worse leg and my bad hand don't match sides, according to my late birtmom, but I think my legs behave however the heck they want. I dunno.

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