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Buying larger nappies for children

Generally children’s nappies and pull ups are available in weight measurements. For children and adult products the fit will be either by a waist or hip measurements. Some suppliers may send out samples first to try. It is worth shopping around as different suppliers seem to have different offers. If you find a brand you like also try shopping directly with that brand.

Products usually have a wetness indicator up the front that shows when it needs changing. Use this a guide for when to change. All products have really good stay dry layers.

Should we use nappies or pull ups?

Consider who will be changing and how.

Schools do not like pull ups as bottom layers of clothing need to be removed to replace and this is timing consuming.

Pull ups are generally not as absorbent and are usually more costly. A nappy will feel the same to your child and does the same job. Most can be removed for toileting and replaced if they are not very wet.

There are also washable pants that could have a small insert pad that are beneficial for toilet training and convenient changing.

Nappies available in supermarkets

Nappy style

  • Pampers size 7 (15kg) and size 8 (17kg)
  • Tesco Health junior (from 20kg) and Tesco Health junior plus (from 25kg)

Pull-up style

  • DryNites ages 3 to 4 years old (12kg to 21kg), 4 to 7 years old (17kg to 30kg) and 8 to 15 years old (27kg to 57kg) designed to be used at night but could be used during the day.
  • Tesco Fred and Flo easy fit pants size 7 (17kg) and size 8 (from 18kg)
  • Pampers Baby dry nappy pants size 7 (17kg) and size 8 (from 19kg)
  • Pampers Ninjamas 4 to 7 years old and 8 to 12 years old.

Available online

Nappy Styles

  • Libero Comfort 7 (16kg to 26kg, 370ml)
  • Tena Slip Junior all-in-one children’s nappies size XXS (40cm to 60cm, 700ml)
  • Tena Slip all-in-one adult’s nappies size XS to XL, plus-ultima, (absorbencies ranging from 600ml to 1850ml)
  • Abena Slip Junior XS bridges the gap between children’s and adult’s ranges (40cm to 60cm, 1500ml)
  • Abena Abri Form Comfort size S (60cm to 85cm, 1500ml)
  • iD Comfy Junior Slip size XS (40cm to 70cm)
  • Prevail Briefs Youth (38cm to 56cm)
  • iD Expert Slip size XS super (40cm to 70cm)
  • iD Expert Slip size XXL, Plus-Maxi Prime (range of absorbencies and sizes)
  • Freelife Bebe Cash nappies size junior 5 (11kg to 16kg) and size XL 6 (13kg to 18kg)

 Pull up style

  • MoliCare Premium mobile pants size XS to XL
  • Attends Pull-Ons size XXS to XL (1391ml to 1519ml)
  • Abena Pants Junior size XS (50cm to 75cm, 1500ml) this product bridges the gap between children’s and adult’s range
  • Abena Pants sizes XS to XXL (in a range of absorbencies and sizes)
  • Magics Youth Pant size 4 to 7 years (17kg to 30kg, 800ml) and size 8 to 15 years (27kg to 57kg, 1000ml)
  • iD comfy Junior size 4 to 7 years (17kg to 27kg) and size 8 to 15years (24kg to 47kg)
  • Libero Sleeptight size 9 (22kg to 37kg, 1000ml) and size 10 (35kg to 60kg, 1200ml) designed for night however can be used for daytime
  • Freelife Bebe Cash Pull-up pants XL (from 17kg, 953ml)


  • Tena Direct or call 0800 393 431. Includes free delivery within 2 to 3 working days
  • Incontinence Shop or call 0120 457 1017. Offers next day delivery (charge may apply) and have regular special offers and sales.
  • Incontinence Choice or call 0195 291 3112. Offers next day delivery (charge may apply) and have regular special offers and sales.
  • Id Direct or call 0800 389 6185. Offers free delivery on orders over £45.
  • Allanda
  • Wicker Chemist Sheffield or call 0114 272 7676. Stocks of smaller sized nappies from adult ranges.
  • Confidence Club or call 0800 088 5955.
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Please note: this is a generic information sheet relating to care at Sheffield Children’s NHS FT. These details may not reflect treatment at other hospitals. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professionals’ instructions. If this resource relates to medicines, please read it alongside the medicine manufacturer’s patient information leaflet. If this information has been translated into another language from English, efforts have been made to maintain accuracy, but there may still be some translation errors. If you are unsure about any of the guidance in this resource or have specific questions about how it relates to your child, always ask your healthcare professional for further advice.

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