Transitioning from Baby to Youth Diapers – Proper Fit

Parents of children with special needs, or older children still experiencing night time bedwetting, will need to transition their child into Youth diapers once he or she has outgrown traditional baby diapers. This transition can be difficult for many reasons, but it can be a little easier once you understand the proper fit for popular Youth diapers.

Tab placement for Youth diapers is different than baby diapers and using the same placement after the switch can be uncomfortable and cause unnecessary leaks. For tape-tab style products, the fit and tab placement is different than baby diapers, and we get a lot of questions from parents.

Tab Placement


Youth diapers have four tabs, to ensure a secure fit. To get the correct tab placement for Youth briefs, fasten the bottom tape tabs first, angling them slight upward. Then, fasten the top tape tabs and angle them slightly downward. While some baby diaper tabs meet in the middle or attach near the center of the hips; Youth diapers tabs must be applied to the side of the brief and should be secure. If the tabs meet more toward the middle, aligned with the inside of the legs, this brief is too big and doesn’t fit properly. Alternatively, if the tabs are near the outside of the hips or you must pull too tight to get them attached, this brief is too small for your child. Finding the right brief and fit for your child is crucial to their comfort and skin health, and also instrumental in helping you sleep and minimizing leaks and clean up.

Product Sizing

Tranquility® designed multiple Youth diapers to meet the needs of children dealing with incontinence or nighttime bedwetting (Nocturnal enuresis). For children 28-42 lbs., we have two youth sized products, the Tranquility SlimLine® Original Brief (10.2 oz capacity) and the Select® Disposable Brief (9.8 oz capacity). Both feature refastenable Micro-hook closure tabs that grip the soft, cloth-like backsheet for a secure fit. Both the SlimLine Original and Select Disposable Brief are also available in size X-small for waist sizes 18”-26”, along with our most absorbent Youth diaper, the Tranquility ATN™ (All-Through-the-Night Brief. The Tranquility ATN can absorb 18.5 oz of fluid and is a top selling incontinence product.

Alternatively, if your child prefers pull-ups, Tranquility also features pull-on style Youth diapers. Select Disposable Absorbent Underwear is offered in three sizes: Youth (15”-25” waist/hip), X-small (17”-28”), and Small (22”-36”). All three sizes absorb 14.5 oz of fluid and feature breathable sides and a full-rise waist panel for a comfortable and secure fit.

As always, if you have any questions about the right product, right size, proper application, proper fit, or any other number of questions you may have, our Incontinence Care Specialists can help. Comfort Plus is open M-F 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. MT and can be reach by calling 888-656-8055 or by email at [email protected]

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