So I had been reading this thread http://www.adisc.org/forum/diaper-ta...ize-small.html that popped up while I was waiting for a package of small Dry 24/7 diapers to be delivered by the diaper fairy, and I was beginning to feel a little disheartened. I told everyone that I would do a comparison to let them know how the small Dry 24/7 compared to my regular diapers (Abena and Molicare).
As those of you who use small diapers know, the fit, and performance of small diapers is quite a bit different than mediums. Most of us use the small diapers because, well, they fit us better, and they are meant for smaller people. I was hoping that despite some of the concerns of other users that the small Dry 24/7 diapers wouldn't be that bad or be at least comparable to the small X Plus and Super Plus from Molicare.
Here are my thoughts and experience:
To preface I must state that this experience is coming from someone who is 115 pounds and has a 25 inch waist.
I have used small Abena X Plus and small Molicare Super Plus diapers for enjoyment, and to control infrequent bedwetting for years. They have been reliable, leak rarely, absorb a lot, and are soft and comfortable to wear. They fit me really well. There isn't much material left over that must be tucked in or hidden, the diaper doesn't go above my bellybutton or go much above the waistline of my pants. I thoroughly enjoy these diapers during the daytime, and am appreciative of them at night. The Abena absorbs more than the Molicare, but I enjoy the fit and feel of the Molicare more than the Abena.
The Dry 24/7 experience: I was so excited when the diaper fairy drove up in their big brown truck and I got to sign for my first package of Dry 24/7. I was even excited despite the concerns that I had read in the other post. I opened the package after receiving it, and the first thing I noticed was the size of the diapers. For being "small" diapers, they were gargantuan. They were much wider and longer than the Abenas and the Molicares.
I gave in, and tried one on immediately, and was spooked by the fit. They went halfway up my back, and about 2 inches past my bellybutton. The tapes didn't land where they were supposed to. Both the top and bottom tapes were landing on the padded section of the diaper. I would compare the fit to be a little bigger on me than medium depends maximum protection. I was disappointed. These diapers were supposed to fit between 21" and 31" waists. I don't know how anyone with a waist smaller than mine would even "fit" in these diapers, and I'm right in the middle of the size specs for this diaper. The back and crotch of the diaper wouldn't hug me like a diaper is supposed to, no matter how I taped it up. The diaper was sagging, and it wasn't even wet yet.
Despite the fit issues, I can attest that the small Dry 24/7 does indeed absorb much more liquid than either the Abena or Molicare. I'm fairly sure that the diaper does indeed hold around 3 liters fully soaked and wicked. The diaper did bulk up incredibly when it was wet. I don't know if it is possible for anyone to be disappointed with the absorbancy capabilities of this diaper. After an evening and a wet night, the diaper held up well, but was sagging terribly, and there was not way to remedy the sagging. The diaper was already as high as it was going to go, and as tight as it was going to go on someone my size.
Overall the small Dry 24/7 wasn't a terrible experience, but it isn't one that I'd care to repeat. The diaper does absorb incredibly well and better than anything else, but the fit is just way way way too big to even be considered a "small" diaper.
I'll stick to my Abenas and my favorite purple diaper with stripes for the time being. I just need to figure out something to do with the other 17 24/7s. Maybe I'll save 'em for a rainy day, or just Ebay them. Meh, whatever...
Let me know your thoughts if you are a connoisseur of small diapers, and have had experience with small Dry 24/7s.