Where To Buy Diapers In Singapore

There are a few options when it comes to buying diapers. You could buy them online, or from a brick-and-mortar shop. Some people like to shop online as it offers them the privacy and a wider range of available products to choose from. However, some people choose to buy them from stores for a number of reasons.

Many people still buy incontinence products at stores because of the speed and convenience. The majority of such users are usually bedridden and/or incontinent, as such, caregivers would tend to focus on other aspects of caring for their loved ones. As such, the products available at the nearby supermarket would suffice of them.

There are several types of diapers and incontinence products. There are tape-on diapers, pull-up pants, pad-type as well as bed protectors. Many of these are available even at supermarkets but for this post I will concentrate only on tape-on diapers.

If you guys want to skip the lengthy details, you may read the last section for my views.

Supermarkets

Many of us would have noticed that supermarkets carry adult diapers. There would usually be a small section in the baby diaper section which has a small selection of adult diapers. Almost all supermarkets in Singapore carry the Tena Value brand, it is a well-known plastic-backed brand which is well regarded for its’ price as well as capacity.

Prime Supermarkets carry a modest selection of diapers. They carry the Certainty line, Dr. P (Basic) as well as Tena Value. They used to carry a few other brands but have since stopped. They don’t have house-brand diapers.

Sheng Siong Supermarkets also have a modest range. They carry Dr. P, Tena Pants, Prevail diapers, which are unique to Sheng Siong. as well as their store-brand Softess Diapers, which cost $5.80 for 10. They do not carry Tena Value, surprisingly.

Giant Supermarkets have a wider range. They carry the usual Certainty diapers, Tena Slip Super, Tena Value, Tena Pants as well as Lifree Super Absorb diapers. You can find several variants of the Dr. P line only at their Hypermarket in Tampines. They have their own house brand diapers, the Giant (Storebrand) diapers, costing $6.50 for 10, which must have an audience for them despite their quality, having been around for many years.

NTUC Fairprice takes the cake for the most types of diapers it offers. It carries Certainty, Lifree Super Absorb tape-ons and pants, Tena Pants, Tena Value as well as TWO house brand diapers. It’s ‘Budget’ line is, as the name suggests, a budget diaper which is surprisingly popular possibly due to its price of $5.75 for 10. It also has a premium line, the Fairprice Safe Control and the overnight version Extra Control. While these are more pricey than your average economy diaper, they aren’t as well regarded. Fairprice also has diaper samples on display, so customers can feel the diaper’s texture before purchasing.

Hospital and Polyclinic Pharmacies

There are several hospitals out there, but I shall mention two of these. The first would be Ng Teng Fong hospital. They carry Tena Value (Institution), Certainty, Tena Slip Super as well as Tena Slip Maxi.  The issue is with getting to this pharmacy involves going pretty far out of your way just to reach it. While it is theoretically on the same level, and connected to, the Jurong East MRT station it is a very long walk winding through two malls and three towers within Ng Teng Fong Hospital. They do not have an online site yet.

I find that the prices of the products are more or less the same. However, they carry the 28pack Tena Slip Super, being one of the 2 suppliers in Singapore. Given it is price it is very much worth paying a visit if you use the TSS regularly, however you should call to check before going as stocks are limited.

The Second hospital pharmacy worth mentioning is Changi General Hospital’s Pharmacy. This pharmacy carries the usual Tena Value (U.P.$10.40, currently $7.50), Tena Value Institution as well as Tena Slip Maxi. They also carry Molicare Mobile diapers, which are a range of pull-up style diapers. This pharmacy has an online website which provides delivery, which does not come in discreet packaging!

Most of the polyclinics in Singapore are run by the National Healthcare Group, which has its’ own website as well. It carries Tena Value ($10.90), Tena Value Institution, Certainty as well as Tena Slip Super and Maxi. While their outlets usually are missing stock, their website usually has stock. I haven’t tried their delivery service.

Specialty Stores

Now there are a number of homecare shops here and I’ll talk about 2- Rehabmart and SeniorCare Assisted Living.

Rehabmart has one of the widest range of adult diapers. They have the usual Tena Value ($9.00!), Dr P, Certainty. They also carry Lille SupremFit diapers (Blue, Grey), Tena Slip Plus and Super, Molicare Super, BW Ultra and Convifit.

There is SeniorCare Assisted Living, which carries a number of unique diapers. Besides their Certainty and Tena Pants, Tena Value (U.P. $9.90, currently $8.70!!!) and the 28pack TSS, they carry Nateen, Seni and Cleancare diapers.

Thoughts

If you have reached this far, congratulations for your skimming skills! A number of people have asked for a comparison of different sites and while this isn’t a thorough review (and shouldn’t be regarded as such), it should give you a glimpse on where to buy Adult Diapers in Singapore.

Speciality stores are a great place to get Economy and Premium diapers because they have big bargains, and bring in good brands in all sizes (S-XL). They may be slightly out of the way, but they all offer delivery options.

Pharmacies often give the illusion that prices are cheaper but this is only true if one purchases in bulk. Generally I avoid buying in pharmacies because they are often crowded and their diaper shelves are placed in very open spaces. Not forgetting that they are often out of the way. The only scenario I see if of me getting the 28pc TSS, otherwise no for me.

Then there are supermarkets. Supermarkets offer convenience and accessibility as they are everywhere. Often they have promotional pricing available so you would usually get a few dollars off if you do a little research. You are able to get budget diapers here as well. But privacy can be a nightmare, for these are usually located in malls and town centres. I usually go over to the next town to minimise the chances of that happening. Usually, convenience beats savings and I get most of my diapers from a Supermarket.

There is one last category which I didn’t mention and that is chain pharmacies. Only two carry diapers, NTUC’s Unity as well as Guardian. The former carries the exact same range as its’ Fairprice chain, plus TSS, while Guardian only carries it’s own brand of (in my opinion lousy) diapers.

So where do you get your diapers? Do let me know! I hope this post was informative and you were able to learn a thing or two.

– Selv

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Getting Padded

I really want to wear some padding, but I just can’t find an opportunity to smuggle them into the house. I work from noon till 9pm, and in the evenings my family will be in the living room. That prevents me from bringing in a bulging bag without avoiding ‘what’s in the bag’ questions.

Before my grandmother moved in with us, I used to cycle to the neighbouring district to get my diapers. I’d just hang the bag on the handlebar and cycle home as the plastic bag hid the colourful designs of the diaper packaging. But then, my grandmother moved in, and my bicycle got confiscated and sold off as my dad thought it was a distraction to my studies.

Around the time my grandma moved in, I started carrying my schoolbag to the shop/supermarket. During this period, I never bought from one place. I experimented with different locations and brands. But once I paid, I would find a suitable corner and stuff the whole pack into my bag. Sometimes I ended up carrying some notes in hand as there was no space for both.

Nowadays, post National Service, I mostly buy from the aforementioned neighbouring district, and just carry an empty bag into the shop. Then I take a bus back home or to my uni hall room. I avoid the train as they often check bulging bags and try to avoid reaching home in the evenings, where my folks would be present.

– Selv

Choosing my next diaper

I’m thinking of buying some new diapers. But not sure which ones I should go for.

The Tena Slips Supers are the first to come to mind. But I’ve gained some fats and I’m scared that the tight fitting would make it hard for me to sleep. This puts the Tena Slip Maxi away too.

Then there is the Tena Value, which was once my go-to diaper. Unfortunately, the current design has a very noisy frontal patch, which isn’t good as I live with my folks.

One diaper that I keep thinking about is the NTUC Extra Care diaper. I’ve prepared the review, and it should be up soon. It has a very comfortable fit, comparable to the old Tena Value, and it makes less noise than other plastic-backed diapers. But I just bought them recently…

The Lille SupremFit diapers are out of question because I have to travel quite a distance to get them. Then there are the Giant and Budget store brand diapers, but they don’t even hold one full wetting.

I’m steering away from the Certainty and Dr.P lines, as they are my ‘bad luck’ diapers. The former makes me sick, and the latter gets me caught.

I’m somehow tempted to try the Giant and Guardian store brand pull-ups. But something tells me that I’ll be sorely disappointed the moment I open up the pack. That’s why I’m delaying buying them.

I guess at this point I’ll just admit that I really miss the old Tena Value and Control Plus diapers. I guess that since NTUC’s Extra Care diapers are the closest in terms of fit and looks and material, I’ll probably get them.

Writing things down helps me sort out my thoughts, and I hope you guys enjoyed an insight into my thoughts.

– Selv