How Much Do Adult Diapers Cost On Average: Budgeting Tips

The cost of adult diapers varies based on size, brand, and supplier. In this article we break down the average price of adult diapers per bag, the monthly costs of other supplies, and ways that you can budget for supplies (or possibly get them covered under certain insurance plans).

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Average Price of Adult Diapers Per Bag

The average price of adult diapers is around $20 per packaged bag. Please note that this is a generalized average, and costs can vary based on the brand, retailer, or package size.

Most often, bags are offered in average quantities 15 diapers per package, depending on the type and size. This can vary greatly depending on the size of the diaper. Smaller sizes (X-Small, Small) usually have more diapers per bag, whereas larger sizes (2XL+) have fewer diapers in each bag.

For example, our best-selling pull ups, the Tranquility OverNight Disposable Absorbent Underwear, has 22 X-Small diapers in a bag whereas the 2XL only has 12 diapers in a bag. This is due to the larger size of these adult briefs requiring more space, so fewer fit into one bag.

How Many Adult Diapers Do People Use On Average Per Month?

On average, incontinent adults typically use between 150 to 240 adult diapers per month.

Managing incontinence can require between five to eight adult diapers per day, which means frequent purchases and the need for cost-effective solutions. Caregivers of individuals with incontinence should prioritize their budget to ensure they can properly manage urinary or fecal incontinence.

The amount of adult diapers required depends on the level of incontinence. Adult incontinence is not a “one-size-fits-all” problem and solution.

The Top 5 Tips for Budgeting for Adult Diapers

Listed below are our top tips for finding cost-savings when shopping for protective underwear, disposable briefs, and other similar supplies.

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1. Research and Compare Prices:

Before making a purchase, take the time to research and compare prices across retailers. Look for discounts, bulk purchase options, or subscription services that may offer cost savings.

2. Utilize Coupons and Discounts:

Keep an eye out for manufacturer coupons, online promotions, or in-store discounts. Many retailers offer loyalty programs or subscription services that provide additional savings on recurring purchases.

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3. Buy in Bulk:

Purchasing adult diapers in bulk can often result in significant cost savings. Look for online retailers or local stores that offer bulk discounts and consider splitting costs with family members or caregivers to maximize savings.

4. Optimize Absorbency Levels:

Choose adult diapers with the appropriate absorbency level for the individual’s needs. Using a higher absorbency level than necessary may lead to unnecessary expenses. An individual with light urinary incontinence should be using care incontinence briefs or pads with light absorbency. Conversely, moderate absorbency and heavy absorbency products should be used for those who NEED a maximum absorbency product to hold large voids.

Finding the right balance ensures comfort while minimizing costs.

5. Take Advantage of Insurance Coverage:

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In some cases, health insurance or Medicaid may cover the cost of adult diapers, especially if they are deemed medically necessary. Check with the insurance provider to understand the coverage and requirements.

Balancing the need for adult diapers with the associated costs can be challenging, but with careful planning and budgeting, it is possible to manage expenses effectively.

By exploring cost-effective options, taking advantage of discounts, and optimizing usage, individuals and caregivers can ensure that quality adult diapers remain accessible without straining their finances.

Prioritizing both comfort and affordability is key to maintaining a high quality of life for those who rely on adult diapers for daily living.

Learn more about Medicaid coverage in our comprehensive guide: “Medicaid Incontinence Supplies Guide

Which Type of Adult Diaper is Best for Me?

Selecting the right type of adult diaper is crucial for individuals dealing with incontinence or other health conditions that affect bladder or bowel control. Here are a few factors to consider when searching for the best adult diapers for your unique needs:

Determine Your Absorbency Needs:

Tranquility Absorbency Chart

One of the first considerations when choosing an adult diaper is the level of absorbency required. Different individuals may have varying degrees of incontinence, ranging from light to heavy.

Assess your needs and select a diaper with an absorbency level that matches your specific situation to ensure comfort and effectiveness.

Know Your Incontinence Type:

Types of Incontinence Chart

Do you have urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence, or both? There are several reasons to consider your type of incontinence when choosing products.

For example, we would not recommend using a pad or liner in regular underwear for bowel incontinence, since fecal incontinence requires a brief or disposable underwear to prevent leakage.

Consider Your Lifestyle:

Your daily activities and lifestyle play a significant role in choosing the right adult diaper. If you lead an active lifestyle, you may need to wear a more absorbent and secure diaper that provides maximum protection during movement.

Evaluate Sizing and Fit:

Proper sizing is essential for comfort and leakage prevention. Adult diapers come in various sizes, so measure your waist and hips to find the right fit.

Consider the fit around the legs and waist to ensure a snug but not too tight feel. Well-fitted diapers reduce the risk of leaks and discomfort. Take a peek at the Tranquility Size Guide to find your perfect fit.

Explore Different Styles:

Adult diapers come in various styles, including briefs, pull-ups, and pads. Briefs are similar to traditional diapers and are ideal for those who require assistance with changing.

Pull-ups, on the other hand, resemble regular underwear and are suitable for more independent users. Pads are discreet and can be inserted into regular underwear for added protection.

Choose Between Disposable and Reusable Options:

Adult diapers are available in both disposable and reusable formats. Disposable diapers are convenient and offer hassle-free disposal, while reusable adult cloth diapers are environmentally friendly and can be cost-effective in the long run. Consider your preferences and environmental impact when making this decision.

Account for Skin Sensitivities:

Individuals with sensitive skin may be prone to skin irritation or allergies. Urinary incontinence is dangerous for those with sensitive skin, as skin breakdown can begin in as little as 15 minutes of urine sitting on skin. Some brands also offer hypoallergenic options for those with skin sensitivities.

Choose adult diapers made from breathable materials, with features like moisture-wicking capabilities to keep the skin dry. The following Tranquility products have breathable sides:

In Briefs:

Tranquility Briefs

The Smartcore brief is a true workhorse, holding up to 34 oz. of fluid in every brief, making it an ideal solution for those with heavy incontinence. For those who are price-sensitive but still want an absorbent product, we recommend the Essential briefs. These briefs are going to provide more absorbency than any adult diapers found at grocery stores, with a lower price-point than the Tranquility Premium line of products.

In Disposable Underwear:

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The Premium Overnight disposable absorbent underwear is our best-selling product. Wearers love the comfort of the breathable, elastic sides and the extreme absorbency that can hold up to 34 oz of fluid. For Daytime, they often choose our Premium Daytime underwear that can hold up to 25 oz of fluid (urinary or fecal waste). As mentioned previously, the Essential underwear is a fantastic option for those looking to get a Tranquility quality product at a friendlier, cost-effective price point. The Essential underwear comes in moderate or heavy absorbency (holding 13.5 and 19.0 oz. of fluid, respectively).

Read Product Reviews:

Researching and reading reviews from other users can provide valuable insights into the performance, odor control, comfort, and overall satisfaction of different adult diaper brands.

Learning from the experiences of others can help you make an informed decision.

Does Medicaid cover adult diapers?

In many states, incontinence products are covered by Medicaid. You may be able to get all the supplies you need at no cost to you! Please see our Medicaid Incontinence Supplies Guide to learn more.

Does Medicare cover adult diapers?

In most instances, Medicare does not cover adult diaper purchases. However, in certain states, the Medicare Advantage plans offer an enhanced benefit option for products not covered by Medicare Parts A and B.

There are limitations on how many products you can receive in a given month, but on average, these plans often cover 200-300 incontinence briefs or disposable underwear each month.

If the care-employee lives within a long-term facility such as a nursing residence the cost of adult diapers is not covered.

Find out more about what medical supplies and incontinence products are covered in our blog: Insurance Coverage for Incontinence.

What are the Best Adult Diapers?

The best adult diapers depend on the wearer’s unique needs. Whether the wearer has light incontinence, moderate incontinence, or heavy incontinence – there are incontinence products available on the market to address all types. Similarly for urinary incontinence, bowel incontinence, or mixed.

Balancing Act: Navigating Rising Inflation and the Vital Cost of Incontinence Supplies

As inflation continues to rise, individuals across various demographics are grappling with increased costs for essential goods and services. One particularly vulnerable group facing financial strain amidst this economic climate is individuals requiring incontinence supplies. The rising prices of these medical necessities pose a unique challenge, as individuals with incontinence issues rely on these products for their health and well-being.

Inflation affects the overall cost of production, transportation, and raw materials, contributing to the escalating prices of essential goods. In the case of incontinence supplies, the financial burden becomes even more pronounced as individuals often require a consistent and significant supply of these products. From adult diapers to other absorbent materials, the price of managing incontinence can become prohibitive for many.

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Tranquility Products, recognizing the financial strain that inflation imposes on individuals in need of incontinence supplies, is dedicated to uplifting and enlightening the lives of its customers. The company understands the importance of these products as medical necessities and strives to provide affordable solutions without compromising on quality.

Through innovative approaches and a commitment to customer well-being, Tranquility Products aims to ease the financial burden associated with managing incontinence during times of economic uncertainty.

In these challenging times, the mission of Tranquility Products goes beyond being a maker of incontinence supplies; it becomes a beacon of support and understanding for individuals facing the dual challenge of rising inflation and the essential need for medical necessities. By prioritizing affordability and quality, Tranquility Products stands as a reassuring ally for those navigating the economic complexities of the present day.

Need Help?

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by all the choices, don’t worry. Our dedicated customer service representatives are just a phone call away.

Ring us at 1-866-865-6101, and we’ll help you find that perfect overnight adult diaper that’ll give you the sleep you’ve been dreaming of. We’re always here to make your nights better and your days brighter!

You may also complete a brief survey for a free product sample here.

Hayley Milne

Hayley is a Brand Supervisor for Consumer Marketing at Principle Business Enterprises, parent company of Tranquility Brand Continence Care Products. She has 10+ years of experience leading tactical integration of business objectives and guiding creative execution. She is passionate about brand and customer experience.