Cutting Off Diaper Wings for Better Hook-And-Loop fit?

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Hi everyone! I've noticed that my hook-and-loop diapers (Tykeables Overnights) can be very irritating and pinching to wear occasionally around the idea of the diaper's front "wings." I had the idea to maybe try and cut them off with a pair of scissors to see if this helps make the comfort of the fit better! I'm planning to try this idea on a dry diaper I have saved where I had accidentally torn one of the tapes off, so it needs to be thrown away anyway and it's no loss if this experiment doesn't work out.

Does anyone have experience with trying this? Do you all think it's a good idea? Do you have any concerns about potential problems that could arise from it?

I have a few considerations
  1. I am between sizes and decided to order a large, so I already have to REALLY stretch the tapes to make the diaper fit. I never place the tapes on the front wing landing zone, since the diaper would just fall off me from how loose it would be. So, I just always place them on the front and center of the diaper's landing zone! This might be why the wings pinch my skin, since they aren't being "used" at all and are free to get all scrunched up.
  2. The plastic on the Overnight's wings (both front and back) does lead into the thin section of fluff that's right outside the leak guards. I imagine if I did cut this open it would probably start to destroy the structural integrity of the diaper quickly or over time.
  3. The cut I'd do with the scissors might make sharp plastic edges that would be even more irritating to my skin than the wings in the first place.
I'm not sure if it would work! Any advice or experiences are appreciated!

I've attached a picture of a diagram of a diaper with the parts I'm calling the front wings to elaborate in case I'm using the wrong term below:
wings.png

Thanks!!!
 
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YakuiAndOzoi said:
Hi everyone! I've noticed that my hook-and-loop diapers (Tykeables Overnights) can be very irritating and pinching to wear occasionally around the idea of the diaper's front "wings." I had the idea to maybe try and cut them off with a pair of scissors to see if this helps make the comfort of the fit better! I'm planning to try this idea on a dry diaper I have saved where I had accidentally torn one of the tapes off, so it needs to be thrown away anyway and it's no loss if this experiment doesn't work out.

Does anyone have experience with trying this? Do you all think it's a good idea? Do you have any concerns about potential problems that could arise from it?

I have a few considerations
  1. I am between sizes and decided to order a large, so I already have to REALLY stretch the tapes to make the diaper fit. I never place the tapes on the front wing landing zone, since the diaper would just fall off me from how loose it would be. So, I just always place them on the front and center of the diaper's landing zone! This might be why the wings pinch my skin, since they aren't being "used" at all and are free to get all scrunched up.
  2. The plastic on the Overnight's wings (both front and back) does lead into the thin section of fluff that's right outside the leak guards. I imagine if I did cut this open it would probably start to destroy the structural integrity of the diaper quickly or over time.
  3. The cut I'd do with the scissors might make sharp plastic edges that would be even more irritating to my skin than the wings in the first place.
I'm not sure if it would work! Any advice or experiences are appreciated!

I've attached a picture of a diagram of a diaper with the parts I'm calling the front wings to elaborate in case I'm using the wrong term below:
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Thanks!!!
I have the same issue except with all diapers, not just thr hook and loop.
I find after wearing a while the front wings tend to bunch up then ride up, eventually coming out the top of the diaper giving it the appearance of having wings. Cutting it as such keeps that from happening. It also keeps the lower tapes from digging into my legs.
Now understand that I believe this happens because of my body shape. I always joke and say I'm built like a toddler having a potbelly and short legs. My belly does not hang and it's not overly huge either. It's just big enough to enable the diaper to slide below it which I believe what causes the wings to bunch up and come out the top.

How I do this.
I fold the diaper in half lengthwise and bring the front wings together so they are even. I used 3 clothespins to hold it in place. I'll make about a 1-1/2 vertical cut about 8 inches from the waistband then cut horizontally to just about the end of the landing zone then cut around to the leg gathers.
Practice makes perfect. I no longer use clothespins and sometimes I don't even fold the diaper, I'll simply eye it.
It may not work for you but it's worth a try on at least one diaper.
 

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Nowididit said:
I have the same issue except with all diapers, not just thr hook and loop. [...] Now understand that I believe this happens because of my body shape. I always joke and say I'm built like a toddler having a potbelly and short legs. My belly does not hang and it's not overly huge either. It's just big enough to enable the diaper to slide below it which I believe what causes the wings to bunch up and come out the top.
I imagine it's possible I could too! I have pretty thick legs / thighs, so I imagine that contributes too, since I noticed my hips / thighs sort of push the wing aside and to positions that irritate me, as they can't plainly wrap around. I've never tried anything but hook-and-loop styles and just heard particular complains about them!

Nowididit said:
Thank you so much for the detailed instructions and picture!!! This is far beyond anything I could have asked for! I will absolutely give this a go. I appreciate you sharing that advice and experience a ton ton ton!
 
YakuiAndOzoi said:
I imagine it's possible I could too! I have pretty thick legs / thighs, so I imagine that contributes too, since I noticed my hips / thighs sort of push the wing aside and to positions that irritate me, as they can't plainly wrap around. I've never tried anything but hook-and-loop styles and just heard particular complains about them!


Thank you so much for the detailed instructions and picture!!! This is far beyond anything I could have asked for! I will absolutely give this a go. I appreciate you sharing that advice and experience a ton ton ton!
Thickness of your thighs could also be part of the problem too. I don't know what size diaper you are wearing but I found that if I went with the XL size instead of the LG the tapes land more on the front of the diaper under my belly instead of on the front of my thighs. If you're wearing your recommended size you might want to try the next size up.
You could also try positioning the lower tapes higher on the landing zone. I usually have less than an inch between the upper and lower tapes after the diaper is fastened.
 
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Nowididit said:
You could also try positioning the lower tapes higher on the landing zone. I usually have less than an inch between the upper and lower tapes after the diaper is fastened.
I've done this and it absolutely helps!

Nowididit said:
Thickness of your thighs could also be part of the problem too. I don't know what size diaper you are wearing but I found that if I went with the XL size instead of the LG the tapes land more on the front of the diaper under my belly instead of on the front of my thighs. If you're wearing your recommended size you might want to try the next size up.
Yeah. I'm between a large and medium and I decided to size up (I'm still on my first diaper case). I have to place the tapes pretty much dead center under / on my belly to get a "snug" fit on my diaper. I actually wondered if I'd get less problems with a medium, but reading this that's proobbbbabbblyyy not the case.
 
An unfortunate thing about being...
adults
...is that, instead of stretchy back wings that automatically conform to one's waist and hips, we get extra plastic and extra tabs and have to do the conforming ourselves. Boo! Anyway... I've not experienced discomfort related to the wings, but I do tuck all that extra plastic under to give a more aesthetically pleasing look. It always amuses me when I look at the diaper models on the ABU, Tykables, etc. web sites and see that they've done the same. It's like, "Yes, yes, ... We make these, but we hate all that extra material just as much as you do!"

Hopefully at some point we'll get soft, stretchy back wings like what babies get, and then the front wings on adult diapers can go away just like they did on the baby kind decades ago.
 
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