Sizing Guide

“My diaper leaks” – the most common complaint for incontinence. If the product does not fit your form, it is going to leak.

The first step to obtaining a proper fit is by taking your measurements. Most products only take 2 measurements (waist and hip), but some take 4 – the waist, hip rise, and thigh measurements. We will cover all this below. You use those against the measurement table for a product, just using the ones of the four that that chart calls for.

Let’s cover them:

What you should know:

You may not need all the measurements for each product but if you are measuring, you might as well get them all.

The hip measurement helps the waist measurement, and the thigh measurement is useful for the swim wear.

The waist measurement is a MUST.

For your waist – measure around yourself at the bellybutton.

Waist measurement picture

Do NOT use your pant size. Most people do not wear their pants at their waist. They are normally worn below your natural waist. If you get the wrong size in the waist, it will be an uncomfortable fit. Depending on your body form, the product may be too large or too small. By getting the proper measurement at the proper place you can obtain the best possible fit. These products are going to rest at your waistline.

For your hip – measure around yourself at the widest part. Let’s look at this:

Hip measurement picture

You will need this for a proper fit. You definitely do not want any gaps when it comes to the fit of incontinence products. Nor do you want the product to wrap around you twice.

Thigh measurement - this is sometimes needed if you have a small or larger than normal thigh. Let’s look at this:

Thigh measurement picture

Take your thigh measurement at your thigh and parallel to the ground. The thigh measurement is used for the swimwear. You need a snug fit at the thigh to prevent any accidents in the water.

Rise – for our swimwear you may need this measurement. Let’s look at it:

Rise measurement picture

A youth or smaller stature adult normally has a shorter rise. You may need to order a youth size versus a normal adult size. Measure your rise, begin about 1 inch below the belly button, measure down through legs, and up to the position on the back that matches the starting position on the front.

Once you have your measurements - then go to each product’s sizing chart to see what size you need. Here’s one, so you can take a look at it:

Sizing chart screenshot

Do not assume that a medium is the same in all brands. Each manufacturer uses their own sizing standard depending on their history. Always check your measurements with the sizing chart and this will insure your have a proper fit. And a proper fit helps eliminate any leakage problems.

Table 1 tells you what measurements are needed for what products:

Table 1

Pull ups Waist, hips
Diapers with tabs Waist, hips
Pads None
Booster pads None
Youth Diapers Waist, hips
Plus Size Diapers Waist, hips
Adult Cloth diapers Waist, hips
Adult Diaper Covers Waist, hips, thighs
Women’s Underwear Waist, hips, thighs
Men’s Underwear Waist, hips, thighs
Youth Swim Diapers Waist, hips, thighs, rise
Adult Swim Diapers Waist, hips, thighs, rise

Now let's give some examples...

Pull Ups

Take a moment and take your measurements.

Now that you have this information you can find the correct size for your body.

For example, take the Tranquility Premium Overnight Pull-ons (example Pull Up)

Rise measurement picture

Here is their sizing table from our product page:

Sizing chart screenshot

Use your measurements for the waist and hips (see table 1 above – pull ups only need waist and hips)

Always go with your waist measurement on the table unless your hips are at least 10 inches bigger than your waist. If this is the case, then go up one size.

Match your waist size against the blue and white striped sizing table above. This will give you the best possible fit. If you’re coming in from a different brand, note that each brand has a different waist-size system.

For example, say your waist is 36” and your hips are 38”. You would look at the blue and white striped sizing table above and see that the blue stripe, which says medium, has a range of 34-48”. This means this is your row. You are a medium size for this product. Remember, a medium size in one product does not mean you are a medium in other brands.

Using your waist and hips measurements in this way is the same for:

• Pull ups
• Diapers with tabs
• Youth diapers
• Plus sized diapers
• Adult cloth diapers

Diapers with tabs, normal hips and wide hips

Let’s do another example where you only need waist and hip measurements and that’s it. We’ll also address wide hips. The waist measurement is the first step. Your hip measurement is needed just to make sure it will fit your hips without any gaps. You want a snug fit at both the leg and waist openings. Leakage can occur if you do not have the snug fit, especially at the leg openings. Always check the product sizing chart.

For example take the New Tena Classic Plus Briefs

Tena Brief Image

Here is their sizing table from our product page:

Sizing chart screenshot

If you haven't yet, take your measurements for waist and hips (Table 1 above says that diapers with tabs only need waist and hips) and match it agains the blue and white striped sizing table above.

Say you are a waist 51” and a hip 53”. Then in this product you fit a large, the blue strip that says 48-59” in the blue and white striped sizing table above.

Wide Hips: Say you are a 51” waist and 63” hips (12” apart). Then, you would go with an XL instead of the large. Just go one size up if your hips are greater than 10" larger than your waist.

Again, it is the same for

• Pull ups
• Diapers with tabs
• Youth diapers
• Plus sized diapers
• Adult cloth diapers.

We wanted to give you one more example when all you need to measure is the waist and hips, now let’s move on to different measurements.

Women’s Underwear - Waist, hips, thighs

Take for example the Wearever Women’s floral panty:

Floral incontinence panty image

Here’s the sizing table:

Floral table screenshot

For this product,

You will need the measurement of the person’s waist, hips, and thighs (See table 1 above). Sometimes, as in this case, you don’t need everything, say you are a size 7 and a 39” waist. You are then a Medium in the above table.

Just read you sizing table and whatever information they ask for, you use those measurements.

It is the same for

• women’s incontinence underwear
• men’s incontinence underwear
• adult diaper covers

Finally, here’s an example of an adult swim diaper. What measurements are needed varies among different swim diapers. On average, you measure, the waist, hips, rise, and thighs (See table 1 above).

Let’s take the SoSecure swim diaper, for example:

SoSecure Swim Diaper product image

Here’s the sizing table:

SoSecure Swim Diaper product image

In this case, there is no thigh measurements in the table so you don’t use that measurement. Using your waist, hips, and rise, you select your size. Tables like the above are pretty easy. You will be able to find the right product in the correct size.

Let’s look at another swim diaper example. Remember, on average you need the waist, hips, rise and thighs to measure for a swim diaper. Let’s look at the Pool Pal, which makes many adult and youth swim diapers: SoSecure Swim Diaper product image

Here's their measurements table:

SoSecure Swim Diaper product image

We see the waist and leg measurements, so you just use them. Very simple.

If you have any questions on a product, please give us a call at 866-559-0353 and have your measurements handy. That is generally the first question you will be asked. We understand each body has its own form and we want to help you find a product to fit that form. Fit is the whole key to leakage control.

We hope you enjoy sizing. Feel free to also email us, or fill out the form below, which is also for comments: