Tena Slip Plus Diapers

The Tena Slip Plus diapers are produced by the SCA group and sold worldwide, mainly in Europe and Australia. Tena is a very well-known maker of incontinence aids. It makes several classes, with subclasses in between. The Tena Slip Super comes in five sizes: XS, S, M, L and XL. However, like the Super most shops here only carry M and L sizes. It has an absorbency colour code blue.

M – 72-122cm (28-48 in)

L –92-144cm (36-56 in)

This review is based on the M sized Slip Plus diapers I got from NTUC Fairprice for S$9.00. These cloth-backed diapers, which sport the new design introduced in 2017, were bought in mid-2017.

 

 

Appearance and Features
Tena has revised its Slip line recently, after what they say was an extensive outreach to end-users and care providers. These diapers are cloth-backed, have standing leak guards, wetness indicators as well as an elastic back waistband.  They also have a ‘Feel Dry Layer’ at the crotch area, which spreads out wetness to allow for faster absorption. This diaper uses a four-tape system. So far, it has all the features that the Super and Maxi diaper lines also have.

When folded the diaper measures 17 by 23.5 cm with the height of about 2 cm. When unfolded the diaper measures 65cm lengthwise, with a generous 30cm of it being the actual padding. Top to bottom the diaper measures 78cm, 57cm of it padded and the narrowest part has a width of 27cm, 15cm of it padded. The elastic waistband measures 11cm, but expands to 16cm when fully stretched. These dimensions are very similar to the Super except it is slightly thinner when folded.

front outstretched

back outstretched

Like its cousins, the TSP doesn’t have a frontal patch. The tapes latch in directly to the cloth backing itself using Velcro-type fasteners (Tena calls the ‘extra-wide hook tapes’). These can be refastened a few times. What I like about them is their quietness compared to other brands. Being a cloth-backed diaper they don’t crinkle at all, but do the job just as well!

The backsheet backing of the diaper is cloth-backed with Tena’s proprietary ConfioAir for extra breathability for the skin. As mentioned, the cloth-backing doesn’t crinkle at all, this providing a discrete user experience when wearing. The wetness indicator runs down the diaper from front to back. Taking the shape of five by two thin dotted lines running from the front to the back of the diaper, they are blue in colour, and disappear when the diaper is wet.

It also has the diaper’s info on it, stating clearly its 6/8 drops rating as well as its size. Guess it makes things easier for caregivers in large institutions.

The standing leak guards also run from top to bottom of the diaper. They are initially curled in, and can be adjusted to further standing position. The the topsheet is lined with a soft cloth-like cover, which is gentle to the skin and does not irritate it. Dermatologically tested and claiming to promote healthier skin, the entire diaper allows the skin to breathe a little.

ena Slip Super Feel Dry Layer

The FeelDry layer draws liquid away from the topsheet quickly and into the core below it. The second picture is the other side of the FeelDry Layer from a TSS.

The FeelDry™ Layer is also present in the TSP, which is a nice gesture given it is marketed as a cheaper alternative to the Super. It consists of 2 parts. The main thing is a core that looks like a pad within a diaper. It lies directly under a special patch slightly below the crotch area which acts as an Azkaban for liquid trapped within. Tena says that even under pressure the liquid within doesn’t escape.

The Tena Slip lines also features the SuperFit band, an elastic waistband at the very back top of the diaper. It is placed in between the backsheet and topsheet layers and thus doesn’t irritate the skin. This ensures comfort and a snug fit for the user. It also acts as a last barrier of sorts against liquid from flowing out when the user is lying down (though given it’s absorbency you probably wouldn’t reach such a situation).

Performance And Fit
These diapers fit my average-sized frame nicely, and were snug and comfortable. Being cloth-backed, the top of the leg gathers didn’t scratch away at my inner thighs from time to time when walking, and prevented the hard-plastic tapes from scratching me. The diaper was quiet, as quiet as underwear if not for the occasional creak of the velcro in the tapes under strain, but to the untrained ear these would be inaudible.

I walked around malls, took busses, sat down on hard seats, and the tapes never budged. One good thing was the cloth-backing greatly minimised trapping sweat, so the inner-thighs were spared the discomfort felt with plastic-backed diapers.

The standing leak guards do their job well, with no leakages experienced when flooding a fresh diaper. They have a decent amount of SAP, holding about 1.5-2.5 medium wettings, on par with the Tena Value and better than a Certainty Diaper. Tena markets the TSP with an absorption guide of 6 out of 8 droplets (it doesn’t give an ml value for the TSP but for the 7/8 drops TSS it is 1400ml). The odour neutraliser does its’ work, but I notice that about 3 hours after wetting the ammonia smell does become noticeable. But as 3 hours is the threshold for changing a wet diaper, this would be a small technicality. They hold messes well, with no messy leaks.

The big plus for this diaper is that you don’t feel the bulk of the diaper, until it is nearing capacity. Even when wearing semi-tight jeans you can still see the shape of your body as if you are wearing underwear, though after a wetting it expands. It doesn’t over-expand near capacity, but then again it does have a lower capacity.

Final Thoughts
This is the fourth cloth-backed adult diaper I’ve tried, and I gladly say that this is now my go-to diaper. The snugness of the cloth-backing is just right and it doesn’t expand wildly when wet. With its excellent discreetness, retention ability, and acceptable absorbency level, this diaper is one that is to be recommended to any diaper-user that I meet. As with the Slip Super, Tena has done a very good job with coming up with these diapers!

Perhaps the main thing I don’t like about these diapers are its design – it is clearly meant to make it easy for caregivers, but isn’t that fashionable from an AB perspective. The capacity is low, perhaps on par with a Tena Value diaper, but given it’s rating that is understandable.

Price wise, at U.P. $0.93 a piece it is very decent given all the features packed into it. It is value for money in terms of absorbency, fit and discreetness. Not for prolonged use, but definitely recommended for day-to day use.

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Mustafa’s Collection

There’s a saying here, that if you need it, Mustafa’s probably has it. It’s one of Singapore’s best shopping malls simply because it houses the largest variety of things, all under one roof. Phones, shoes, toys, medication, souvenirs… you name it and they will have it.

Naturally I’ve been wanting to go down to see what diaper brands they carry. But home’s in the east and school’s in the west, so I’ve been putting off this trip, until today.

I entered the main building, and started my search. They don’t have a proper directory so I had to climb the 4 stories in search of the diaper section. I eventually found it, on the third floor. It was a modest section full of baby diaper brands, and as with all other departments, the guards were posted to the section. There was just one adult diaper brand, something I’ve never heard of and it didn’t even stuck in my mind.

Undaunted, I decided to go to the extension building, as they called it. A bit more searching and lo and behold, I found the DL shopper’s eye candy. Hidden at the back of the first floor was modest selection of adult diapers. What I found remarkable was that the diapers came in all sizes and variants. There were 3 variants of Lille SupremFit, in 3 sizes. There were Certainty diapers, Tena Value Diapers, and of course, Tena Slip Plus and Super.

Alas, the only diaper missing was the very diaper I had come in search for. The M size Tena Slip Super. They had the S and L sizes, but no M! Why???

These were some promotions that are ongoing:

Tena Value: 1 for $10.10, 2 for $17.75.

Certainty: 1 for $7.15

TSS Large: 1 for $19.50

I also finally understood another popular saying – that if Mustafa was out of stock, it’s hard to get it anywhere else. Having glanced earlier at some other shops, it looks to be the case for the Tena Slip Super M size.

I settled for a Tena Slip Plus, so expect a review!

– Selv

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

28 Diapers

Admittedly, this is one of my largest hauls ever, second to last month’s 30 diapers. But they were spread over 2 packs. It was when I was at the shop buying them that I thought to myself, why not try getting a ‘deluxe’ pack of diapers – the usual Tena Slip Super in a pack of 28 instead of the usual 10.

So I started to do my research and found out that yes, it was indeed value for money (I’ll come back to this in a bit), but I’d have to haul the bulk back on public transport, to my school hostel.

Obviously I decided it was worth the risk. So I started to comb the pharmacies in the west. The usual Unity, Guardian and Watsons chains didn’t carry it. The latter two didn’t even carry the TSS. Then I headed over to the Polyclinic pharmacies. But they don’t carry cloth-backed diaper varieties these days, save for some old stock like the 2014-era TSMs… manufactured in 2014 .

I wouldn’t call it a decline, it’s just that plastic-backed diapers are much cheaper. Most people don’t test the products on themselves before putting them on their loved ones, so they don’t know the difference it truly makes. Anyway, a budget diaper costs around 55-65c a piece while a premium economy diaper costs around 70-90c a piece. Most cloth-backs cost more than a dollar. Thus one would save a fair bit of money each month.

So I managed to locate a pharmacy, at Ng Teng Fong General Hospital (I still think it should be called Jurong East General Hospital, #moneypolitics).

The saleslady I spoke to was a little loud. Uncomfortably loud, in a cramped space filled with people. But otherwise she was professional, as she helped me check on the stock availability and price. She mentioned that very few places in Singapore carried the 28pc set, and that it usually was snapped up very quickly. They were usually used by stroke patients. Then she asked me ‘how many diapers a day was used’. I coyly replied 1 pack of 28 a month, and that was that, no question on who used them and for what.

In momentarily slipping up my math, I thought it was too expensive and I tried to slip away, but she already had my contact detail. As luck would have it, they were receiving a shipment of inventory the next day, which included just 4 packs of these 28pc TSSs. So she contacted me, and this was the message that I received.

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Yea, I appreciate you renaming me after my security blanket, thank you very much indeed.

I was arriving to pick up my package. By then the lady has sent me multiple texts and even called me to confirm AND direct me to a different pharmacy. More walking. Yay.

This pharmacy was empty, so I had a chat with the cashier. It was a casual chat, but she boasted that the prices in that pharmacy ‘are the best in Singapore’. So I paid $29.95 for 28 diapers, so that works out to be $1.07 per piece – a significant discount on the $1.41 to $1.57 per piece I usually pay.

Then the package came and boy was I in for a surprise. It was huge – but who was I kidding? That’s 28 diapers crammed in in there! Now there was the sticky issue of bringing it home. I know that I couldn’t take the train to school now, with the packaging visible and all.

So I decided my best bet was to take a series of busses to school. Waiting for the bus, on a sunny afternoon can be very distressing. Especially when your phone is about to run out of battery and the bus arrival timing was definitely off by 10 minutes. Eventually, I in my hostel.

But I only realised the strange thing about it once I was back in my hostel room – the diapers were the 2014 model… You can see how its stacked in two layers. I was kind of expecting the newer ones. Oh well, not that these are bad, I feel that they look better than the new ones. But the new ones are a fraction thinner and feel more snug, even though both are of the same cut.

– Selv

Time Slips Away

As some of you may be aware, Tena has revamped its Slip line.

On the surface, the older Tena Slips were more good looking. They both have the same features, but the new slip is thinner, and stretchier. After just half a pack, I feel that the new Slips are a vast improvement. (Much easier to have BMs, for starters)

I’ll post a review soon, probably in 2-3 weeks time. I’ve been so busy with school stuff that I hardly have time for myself now.

Take care people!

– Selv

A Long Term Temporary Routine

I have slowly been able to master the art of wearing every night, despite the presence of my roommate. In the mornings, I have also been able to do my morning routine while in my diaper, without alerting my roommate.

To their end, cloth-backed diapers have been a boon. My diaper of choice is the Tena Slip Super. They aren’t the most absorbent, but they are able to hold a decent amount of liquid. And with their new update, their retention ability is much improved.
I feel that wearing every night allows me to destress a little. I’ve been keeping up with this routine since end-october, with breaks of course. Again, avoiding having to sit on the toilet has also been a sort of thrill. I’ve never been afraid of sitting on the toilet, just that, like a preoccupied kid, I prefer the comfort of my own padding.
But as I gear up for the future, I know that this routine is temporary. A long-term temporary but yes, temporary. For I am not sure if my future wife will be accommodating of my nightly wish. Leave her if she does not accept you, I hear you say. But, given the struggle I am going through just to meet someone, walking away is a complex option.
Changing my soulmate’s diaper every morning just so that she doesn’t need to touch her own mess is something that I feel deeply about. Having a girl entrust you with her second-most intimate thing, every morning, is a weird wish. But why would a girl even want to agree?
Why do I harbour this innate desire to change a girl’s diaper? What’s wrong with my thinking? I consider myself moderately religious, yet I still have this ‘dirty’ thoughts. Why can’t I be like other normal people, who fantasise about having sex during exotic vacations? Why can’t I have the courage to ask a girl out, to even admit that I am her cultural group? Is it because I wear diapers? Is my wearing of diapers affecting my social life?
To be certain, diapering a girl is not a sexual thing for me. I’ve learnt to suppress my own erections because diapers aren’t sexual for me. I have long refused to admit (and still don’t) that I have a diaper fetish because the word fetish carries the connotation of being sexual. I would have to communicate this to her as well.
How will my soulmate react to the fact that I wear diapers not out of necessity? How further will she react when I tell her that I want her to poop in a diaper from time to time? How will I get the courage to tell her?
– Selv

Hiatus Alert

I’ve been occupied for the past few weeks so I’ve been unable to post. Great-granduncle has been hospitalised and several other things have been going on.

I’ve been spending quite a bit of time in diapers. I averaged 2 diapers, 20 hours a day for the past weekdays and I think that’s quite ok. The Tena Slips hold quite a bit. But I’ve been buying them at undiscounted prices, cos the usual places I go are too far from school.

Also, I’m taking part in the ongoing Halloween Story Contest at the ABDL Story Forum. I won’t say which story it is that I wrote to be fair to the others, though some aspects may give it away. Please do check out the page, there are very good entries there indeed. Polling has not opened yet but when it does, please vote for the story that you like 🙂

The exam season is approaching and I should stop fooling around, so you won’t be seeing much of me. I’m expecting my next post to be on the 3rd of Dec, so that’s quite a break.

Take care people and all the best to those taking their exams too!

– Selv

Escaped to.. Singapore?

Yep – I’m on a staycation, not a vacation.

This time I decided to put my wanderlust on hold and concentrate on my writing. It was a decision taken rather surprisingly easily, given my tendency to fly when the profs say bye. But writing this post helped me decide things a bit.

Nevertheless, the thing that didn’t change this Escapede is my tradition of trying out a new diaper. And this time I’m reviewing **drumrolls please** – the Tena Slip Maxi, with Confioair.

Getting this diaper involved me having to go out of my way the greatest distance so far. I went to Hougang Polyclinic to get my hands on this padding. The best part was that there is a promotion till 31 Dec- $12 instead of $14.10 for a pack of 9.

Which brings up a surprising bit of math. The TSM costs $12($14.10) at Hougang Polyclinic for a pack of 9, amounting to $1.33($1.57) per diaper. The TSS costs S13.20($15.70) at CGH for a pack of 10, amounting to $1.32 ($1.57) per diaper, and I suspect it is cheaper at Unity pharmacy, though I can’t verify it online. The selling price for TSS and TSM per diaper differ by a mere cent? (prices in the brackets are the original price)

Where were we? Ah yes, staycation..

So I’ll be hanging out in the East Coast area while putting the diapers through their motions (mind the pun), enjoying some good eats and maybe I’ll go poop in the sea with my diaper on to test its capabilities (okay maybe not, cos too many people swim in those waters). Most importantly, I’ll be getting on with my writing.

– Selv

 

Diaper Shopping In Diapers

Earlier I had returned to my uni hostel after the long weekend. My roommate wasn’t back  from Malaysia yet and I decided to go out of campus again to replenish my diaper stash and eat dinner. I really did not feel like removing my diaper, so I pulled my jeans over it and left for Jurong Point Mall.

As today was a public holiday, most of the shops and food-court stalls weren’t open, but the mall was crowded for some unknown reason. I settled for some fast food at KFC, and set about looking for the Unity pharmacy. I wanted to avoid Fairprice Supermarkets (there were 2 in this mall, for some unknown reason) in case I bumped into people I knew. It was getting late anyway.

I found it inside one of the Fairprice, it was a tiny outlet. Their diaper shelf had a limited selection of Lifree, Tena Value and Tena Slip Super. I settled for the TSS. There were only two packages of mediums left, on the topmost shelf. I cringed as I reached up, my shirt riding up dangerously. One of them was dusty as if it had been on the top shelf for a long time, so I had to reach up again for the other. The price was also cheap, at $1.40. I didn’t think much of it.

I quickly paid for my purchase and left the outlet, walking past the foreign workers who were starting to flood the mall. I stopped to quickly stuff the package into my backpack, and was soon off.

But as I walked to catch the bus back, something seemed strange. The package was light and smaller, the price was significantly cheaper without discounts, and one package was dusty. Then it dawned on me that I may have chanced upon the original plastic-backed Tena Slips! Unfortunately, the bus was crowded with students and I had to wait and see.

Eagerly I returned to my room and opened up my backpack. It was just the regular cloth-backed Tena Slip Super, sadly. But it did give me a good story for my Tuesday post 🙂

I’ve written a second review, this time for the Tena Wet Wipes. Do read it if you would like to know more about these fantastic wipes.

– Selv

I miss you..

I miss my Tena Slip Supers! The Tena Values feel like some plastic-bag tied around my bottom, they are more airier and noisy. But I’m stuck with them till December, at my current rate.. I still have two TSS diapers left, will keep them for a good occasion. I guess it is the fit, they are really comfy, being cloth-backed.

Anyway, here’s a picture from my recent diapered escapede to KL. I made a massive mess (you can’t really tell), but the diaper held it well.

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School is picking up pace real quick. Gotta run!

– Selv