Advice on plastic pants?

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Hello! I've been thinking of buying my first pair of plastic pants. Should I get ones with buttons on the sides or ones without them(does it even matter)? Do you think I should get size M or S? I'm normally size S, but I intend to wear them over a diaper so maybe size M? I'd also like to know how to wash them? So what do you think? Thanks in advance.
 

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try a larger size if you're gonna wear over a cloth diaper. I prefer ones without the buttons (snaps), as thats what we wore as kids in my family + most other kids I saw, also less risk of leaks. The only advantage of snaps would be say if you were out somewhere and didn't want to remove trousers and shoes to change them. But would you need to change anyway?
 

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In addition to leaks, the buttons cause irritation on the waist and legs. Not good.
Most sellers have a size chart where you can compare your waist size to get the right fit.
BabyPants and AdultClothDiaper sell good stuff.
 

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If your going to sleep in your diaper and plastic pants pullups are the best. Plastic pants with snaps will leak especially if your a side sleeper. The best way to wash your plastic pants is when you take a shower wash them and
rinse them and hang on a plastic hangar to dry. You can use mild dish soap or hand soap if need to. I always hang mine through one leg opening that way they can drip out to dry.
 

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True to all of the above. If it helps, I have a 32" waist and wear small high tops. I wear cloth diapers, so wearing in bed with the high tops keeps all of the diaper covered. I also wash mine in the shower using dish detergent. I hang them up on a plastic hanger to dry.
 

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It's a good idea to measure your thighs as well as your waist. For some of us with strong or stocky legs, it's leg size rather than waist size that determines what size plastic pants we can wear. I wear size medium or size large for most clothing, but for the PEVA plastic pants from Baby Pants (which are great!), I need a 2XL to get a good fit in the legs.

If you're unsure what size to order, order a size up. Plastic pants that are a little bit too large may look a little bit silly, but they'll still do their job. Plastic pants that are a little bit too small will get painful quickly.
 

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I would second all of the above too. Personally, I have never been attracted to side snaps. They are probably useful in a purely utilitarian sense if you often wear under normal clothes and need to change frequently, so otherwise it's down to purely personal taste - and there's no accounting for that! From my experience, and I have tried many different types from numerous manufacturers, sizes vary tremendously from one brand to another; a 'large' made by one manufacturer may be equivalent to an 'etxra-large' with another - so it's largely trial and error. Part of the fun though is exploring all the different varieties out there.

I always wash mine in luke-warm water with a little washing powder and then rinse and hang up to dry overnight. Do not be tempted to use fabric softener - it has completely the opposite effect on PVC!!

Good luck!
 

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I highly recommend PUL pull on pants from Gary Manufacturing. You can buy them from Adult Cloth Diaper
 

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It's a good idea to measure your thighs as well as your waist. For some of us with strong or stocky legs, it's leg size rather than waist size that determines what size plastic pants we can wear. I wear size medium or size large for most clothing, but for the PEVA plastic pants from Baby Pants (which are great!), I need a 2XL to get a good fit in the legs.
If you're unsure what size to order, order a size up. Plastic pants that are a little bit too large may look a little bit silly, but they'll still do their job. Plastic pants that are a little bit too small will get painful quickly.

Good point you really do not need a (plastic) diaper cover to fit snuggly only enough to keep the wet inside and the outside dry. When the diapers inside are reaching their limit it is time to change.
Note that wearing diaper covers too small - reduces the useful life of the cover quickly especially in very tight areas (leg bands and crotch) and makes for more frequent diaper changes because of the
reduced volume potential essentially you can not double triple up or use booster pads/soakers.
Tight fitting thigh bands are not good for the long term of the diaper cover or the individual considering if you sit for awhile the tight bands may restrict circulation to a degree.
If you are wearing a diaper cover it is not fashionable to wear it like tights or compression shorts. It is expected that diaper covers will have the billowing bubble look with room to do their job.
Wearing tights leggings pantyhose and the alike may offer some of the same uncomfortable restrictions and squeeze the wetness in more areas of the diaper then intended (leaks somewhere else).
 

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Hi only thing with Polyurethane type is that there noisey but do last far longer than pvc the PUL are a breathable type like like a layer over nylon material but good esp for daytimes/outside for night time PVC or PU are good and as been said above wash your PVC promptly as urine hardens it.
Gary pants (USA) are top they make for most others like leakmaster etc. fleabay has many from UK/USA/GERMANY and many other places china ones are ok for while but many fail after a while Gary pants are heat side seam sealed theres two types Original and comfort go with comfort all the way as original has elastic stitched to edge where comfort the elastic is covered so last longer and more comfortable.
As stated above check your leg sizing as most important rather than waist as too big and leak too small and breaks seams/too tight.
Gary pants have a size chart ere slightly on side of caution as esp popper pants come up bit smaller in legs others are bit more easy fit. just measure round top of thigh.
you can get in high waist or reg depends on what your covering ive both myself.
Gary pants come on 007 grade thickness or thinner leakmasters are in 007 which are longer lasting than thinner plus some types go harder quicker yellow lasts the longest.
Suprima from germany make many.
Not sure where your from? usa has LLmedico is another good site and have measurement charts bought from them.Mommys pants? on fleabay is another.
UK has shop4pvc. along with arizona plus some other places that make diapers and pants like Minki which i have along with Bambinex which are imported into uk from europe.
The trouble with most disposables is for night time if side/front sleepers they leak as can't take a sudden flood where as someone that has bladder control issues normally go in little amounts.

but feel free to message me if you need any info on things as working with some that can make things for us.
 

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I can easily for into large size plastic pants from baby pants. I find that if your diaper is really big it will rip at the seams. Don't measure by pants size because, usually that fits over your hips, you want to measure with a sewing tape measurer around your belly button. Also measure your legs.

I found by doing this, you can get a larger pant. So I'm able to order 3XL and have a higher rise, and more diaper room for thicker cloth diapers.

Baby pants has a great measuring system that shows you the measurements stretched and unstretched around waist and legs.
 

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Hi, as I have 'donkey's' years of different styles of nappy and pants wearing I thought I would offer the benefit of my 40+ years experience. I wear pants over a nappy at all times regardless of whether I am wearing disposables or cloth, plastic at night and during the day, the nylon are quieter and simply do not wear out with constant use/movement, they are also more comfortable but all the nylon versions have 'comfy' leg elastics and they can 'wick' if you het too wet. Without doubt correctly sized pull ups will be better at night when lying on your side, and as mentioned the buttons can be an irritation. There is a good compromise out there though, there is a pull on pant but the crotch has snaps that do up across the front of the nappy, they eliminate the side sleeping issue, and if you are out and about during the day in a disposable with plastic backing and the pants as a 'back up' then they are great, you can unsnap the front and pull the pants upwards and change, pull back the flap and refasten the crotch. I found some problems with these, the first is the sizing choice has to be very good, a little too small and the snap next to the thigh will come undone as you move about, too large and the leg opening will be loose and of course negate the reason for wearing them in the first place. The second issue is if you are wearing cloth and they get too wet, as you sit down and compress the wetness forward they can leak at the seam where they close making the front of your clothing wet and very visible it will be too and finally, the crotch width is not very generous compressing the nappy and reducing absorption.

We are all different shapes and sizes and finding a pull up pant that fits the waist/thighs comfortably and has a wide enough crotch can be difficult, this is the only 'real' advantage with adjustable snaps. Pull ups correctly sized in a material you prefer and wide at the crotch are the main criteria, I would also advise that you purchase different pants only ONE pair at a time, once you find a style and fit that is as near perfect you can get, then purchase perhaps another 10 pairs from the same outlet? I have found that while styles tend to be pretty much consistent sizes even with the same manufacturer can vary, at the minimum this is very annoying.

As an asides, try to get pull ups that have the waist and leg opening elastic enclosed by heat welding as opposed to stitching, one of the most common places of leaks is when sitting down and the wetness does not pass between skin and pants but actually 'wick' through the small holes made by the sewing machine, the holes open up after some washing/use.

So, in a nutshell:

Pull ups
Heat welded sides and leg/waist openings, no stitching anywhere, seems to be getting harder to find.
Comfortable fit at the waist, a little tighter at the thighs.
Wide across the crotch.
Forward facing leg openings, many of the cheaper ones are not.
If you tend to get very wet at night then order the high waist version, difficult to disguise during the day though.
Buy only one pair at a time until you find what suits you, then buy some stock.

Hope that helps?

Tranquillo
 

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I love babykins plastic pants they have a thicker mill that last if taken care of you can see them on line.
They were the ones that made DPF's baby love plastic pants.:)
 

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I seem to prefer PUL over pants if I'm going to wear over disposables. Also, (A little off topic here, but I didn't want to make a new thread) someone suggested wearing boxers between the diaper and plastic pants. That works great! I just had to say that I am happy with idea, and no one IRL wants to hear it. :)
 

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Thank you every one for your answers. You have been the most helpful. I really didn't think this thread would get this many responses. But anyway I think I'm going with pull up styled ones(PVC material btw), cause I want to avoid leaks while sleeping. Might get medium size just to be sure, but got do some measuring first. Now I just have to choose the colour...
 

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I'll just add one thing here which is that over the years I've owned lots of plastic pants and the only ones that are still holding up are not plastic or PUL but rubber. All the rest have split the seams or torn. I like the feel of plastic over rubber but there's really very little difference there. I only have one pair of rubber pants and the cost was high but they've lasted 12 years so far and they've never leaked.
 
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