What's next after my child has outgrown size 6 diapers?

Christine - posted on 12/27/2010 ( 32 moms have responded )

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I have a 4 year old with complex medical needs. Try as I might, can't seem to find anything smaller than a youth diaper which at this point is WAY to large and he will soon outgrow a size 6. We live in Canada so it seems as though there are limited choices! Would love to hear of any suggestions or knowledge of a suitable product available in Canada.

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Sonya - posted on 12/28/2010

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Another thing I forgot to mention was that my son has issues with peeing through over night, and we've come up with an easy solution. We put on one diaper, cut a small slit in the front of it and then put on a second diaper. He fills the first diaper and then it overflows into the second diaper. It works great! We did it with goodnites and we now do it with the Prevail diapers that he's in.

Erin - posted on 12/28/2010

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My 7 year old is still in pull-ups and we also live in Canada. I would first look for the Size 7 diapers from Pampers. They are hard to find but some places still carry them. (I think Wal-Mart has them?) From there, we went to the largest Pull-Ups from Huggies. Everything else leaked. The nice thing about Pull-Ups is that you can open and close the sides more like diapers. From regular pull-ups, we went to a size S/M GoodNites from Huggies. For a while, we used regular pull-ups in a size 4/5 for daytime and then GoodNites at night. For overnight now, we put a Tena incontinence pad inside the pull-up since Maggie has a g-tube, is very well-hydrated, and she can leak right through them. The trick is to make sure the pad is fully enclosed in the pull-up so it doesn't wick out to the PJs.

Maggie is now outgrowing the S/M size of GoodNites. The L/XL size are still big for her and leak but I've been told the UnderJams are a good middle size until the larger GoodNites will fit.

I get all our pull-ups at Shoppers Drug Mart here in Ontario. If you can purchase them during a points promotion, use coupons AND get them on sale, its like the Triple Crown of diaper purchases. => We get a subsidy from Easter Seals that covers part of the cost of the pull-ups.

JACQUIE - posted on 12/29/2010

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My daughter is 15 and still wets at night. After she outgrew diapers we used a product called Pull-ups, (disposable underwear) they are used when "training" so that they can be pull up and down just like underwear, but if there is an accident than you just throw it away. Now that she is older we have moved to the very smallest size of Depends, that normally are used for the elderly or adults with incontinence issues. Hope this helps. fyi- The "pull ups" are also sometimes called GoodNites that are used for overnight use

Angela - posted on 12/28/2010

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We used overnights. They have two different sizes that go up to 80 pounds (if my memory serves right). I think they are made by Huggies. We had a heck of a time finding size 6 diapers. We had been using the overnights for quite awhile, and just started using them for daytime as well. We found that pull-ups do NOT hold that much urine and lead to many more accidents. I hope you're able to find them in Canada. I know that there are a commerical variety (not sure if that's the right way to state it). A lady at our church had a child in these 'generic' type diapers meant for larger kids (smaller adults) and they worked great. She said she was able to get them through a dr (she was a foster parent)
Good luck!

Iridescent - posted on 12/28/2010

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Thank you for asking this, as we have two 3 year olds, one in diapers full time still and likely to be for some time yet, and one which is not night trained and likely to continue as such for quite some time due to their medical needs. Both are in size 6 diapers as well, but they are getting tight. I know once they are 4 years old in our state insurance starts to cover them, but that didn't change the fact that they're getting to an odd size.

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DanDaddy - posted on 01/20/2014

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My 8 year old wears Pampers Cruisers size 7, they fit great. They are harder to find in stores but you can buy them online. I hope they don't stop making them, heck, I hope they make a size 8 too!

Sara - posted on 11/02/2012

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My son is 2 years old, out-grown size 6 diapers. He's 45lbs, 3'5" tall, wears size 4/5 & 5/6 clothes (depending on brand & style) - *no T sizes either! 4T is way too short!* & size 10K shoes.



He is non-verbal, diagnosed with autism, SPD, & showing signs of readiness of potty training.



Size 7 diapers, in a smaller quantity, is what we're looking for. Right now, Huggies Pull Ups 4T-5T is rather expensive.

Buffy - posted on 01/01/2011

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in tx we have a company called Diapers to your Door. 1800-658-6212. or call your PCP or Ins provider for assistance. good luck.

Leslie - posted on 01/01/2011

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pull ups. try potty train like how to keep him busy while on the toliet. a timer to play with.

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Hi, A medical supply company can support you on this,even your insurance company can. In some cases they will help pay for your supplies.May I suggest until then try adult diapers.GoodLuck!

Christine - posted on 12/28/2010

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Thanks so much for all the suggestions! I had no idea that pampers came in a size 7 as I have never seen them- will definately inquire at our local pharmacy as it will likely be a "special order".

Tammy - posted on 12/28/2010

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Have you tried the Goodnights training pants its not a diaper but does the job pretty well my son has nighttime incontence and his dr. wrote a script and I am in a program that provides me with Goodnights XL for kids weighing up to 110 lbs. they have smaller ones too. i do not know if they are sold in canada or not but might be worth looking in to.They have easy tearaway sides.my child is 8 btw he was not totally potty trained until he turned 5.He has touretts syndrone,he's bipolar, adhd, sid, intermittent explosive disorder, anxiety/panic disorder,pdd-nos, ocd,odd,some of the meds he takes causes him to deep sleep so he wets the bed. i hope this helps

Lanae - posted on 12/28/2010

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Pampers Cruisers come in size 7. You can order them in the 92 count economy box & they do ship to Canada. I use them for my 6 year old son who is quite slender & weighs about 45 pounds. I hope that this helps.

Darcy - posted on 12/28/2010

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If you have a child with special needs that requires diapers into their pre-teens, there are suppliers that will provide this. Just check the medical supply companies in your area. Your doctor should be able to give you a prescription for them... if you have a state medical coupon, that covers it too. They will even deliver to your door, and can give you bed liners, gloves and such! Be sure to ask for that.

Jenny - posted on 12/28/2010

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J and B Medical is a medical supply company. They carry a lot of different kinds of diapers and pull ups. My daughter is allergic to just about every brand diapers and pull ups. They found some that she wasn't allergic to and they sent me free samples to try. Her insurance was paying for them until her insurance changed. Their web site is jandbmedicial.com

Julie - posted on 12/28/2010

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We use "Goodnights" for our 8 1/2 year old little boy. You can find coupons for them online and they are very absorbent. If the "Goodnights" are too big, try Pull-Ups in the largest size. Hope that helps! Good luck :)

Mary - posted on 12/28/2010

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Amy, That is really great to know, I wish I new that when my son still needed them. We used adult depends. My 7 year old has a bit of trouble with potty training and he's a big boy. So it was really expencive. I guess this is just one more thing that people don't tell you. I'm glad I joined this group.

Sonya - posted on 12/28/2010

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Christine,
I'm in Canada too. I used Pull Ups for my son until he outgrew those and then I started ordering diapers from The Stevens Company. They carry tonnes of types of diapers and they'll send free samples to you. They will help you figure out what size will work best for your child.
We needed something to contain a lot of urine, but no bowel movements and they really helped out!
Another thing you can try is talking to your local grocery store and asking them to order in diapers special for you. I've found that a lot of grocers are more than willing to help out when they know it's for a special needs child. We use our Easter Seals money and order $450 worth of diapers at a time and the grocers often give us a better deal on the diapers.
If you need more info on Stevens Company, let me know.

Nicole - posted on 12/28/2010

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pampers makes a size 7 (check out www.diapers.com) - and for at night we use underjams size small/medium also made by pampers! hope this helps!

Michel - posted on 12/28/2010

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Hi Christine, Pampers makes size 7 we use them we are having a difficult time with the training as well. You can find them at Babies r us hope that helps.

Michelle - posted on 12/28/2010

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Pamper Cruisers go up to size 7. In the US I purchase them in bulk at BJ Wholesale.

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Have you ever looked into cloth diapers? Happy Heiny's has diapers in bigger sizes. I am going to try the 55 pound plus size for my son for overnights since he started bedwetting again. I am refuse to buy any more pull-ups.

Susan - posted on 12/28/2010

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I believe they have Youth Depends or you might get Small Depends for your child. It has been a long time since my son, now age 17, went through that stage. He wears Depends, when he wears diapers. Almost two years ago, we got what is called a C-costamy. He takes Ditropan/Oxybutin for his bladder, and the C-costamy is for his bowel movement. The doctor that did it here in Arkansas was trained by a doctor in Toronto, so if your child needs this, this might be an option for you. I do not know what your child has, but this is something to consider.

Tammy - posted on 12/28/2010

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What about pull ups that have the velcro sides? My son outgrew diapers but is too small for youth diapers still. He wears pullups with the velcro sides to make them easier to get on and off. The only problem is that they don't hold as much as a diaper does.

Devin - posted on 12/27/2010

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HAve you asked the pediatrician? They may have an idea. There is a medical supply store that provide for my eight year old. He is very thin and they size by weight,

Shelley - posted on 12/27/2010

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You have to go to a medical supplier phone around they have bigger sizes for kids.

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