Diaper Options for a 6 Year Old

Hey all,

One question I am continuously asked is what kind of diapers we use for Cooper. He is a big boy weighing in at 60 lbs. He currently wears a size 7 diaper.

Cooper’s diapers are covered by his Medical Assistance. As far as I understand, and this may vary by state, a child with an autism diagnosis who is covered under medical assistance gets free diapers after the age of four. That’s what I was told. We had to figure this out for ourselves. Meaning a fellow parent told us.

Cooper started on Medical Assistance (as back up to my primary health insurance) at age 3 1/2. We didn’t find out that we could get his diapers paid for until he was almost 5.

The system is broken my friends.

I order his diapers from a Medical Supply company and they are delivered right to my house. This is awesome. And life changing. The company calls me once a month and I place the order.

Note: Diaper wipes are NOT covered under Medical Assistance. This is a huge bummer. We go through hundreds of wipes a day.

The first time I had to order size 7 diaper I cried. It was tough for me and I felt really sad about it.Now he is almost into a size 8. Sigh.

The first brand they sent me was called Prevail. And they fit like I imagine an adult diaper would. They are basically a square. I HATED THEM. They didn’t stay on. They went all the way up Cooper’s back and front to his chest. They were bulky and made a lot of noise when he moved. I sent them back immediately.

The second brand we received are called Cuties. I LOVE THESE. They work great for us and fit like an actual diaper.

Here are a few pics of the cuties as well as the Prevail brand. I also did quick Amazon search and they do sell them.

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The Cuties Brand is on the left.

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  • Lynne Collier/Author

    January 30, 2017 at 3:53 pm
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    What a helpful post. Parents need this practical advice.

    • Thanks!

    • Jennifer
      to Lynne Collier/Author

      April 4, 2018 at 12:55 pm
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      I am so thankful to read this, my son will be 5 in May and he is already over 50 lbs, we stuff him into […] Read MoreI am so thankful to read this, my son will be 5 in May and he is already over 50 lbs, we stuff him into the size 6 diapers but that is as big as they get at the grocery store. His therapist said he could be 7 or 8 before he is trained and we have been wondering what we were going to do. Read Less

  • Vicki Tacoma

    January 2, 2018 at 7:26 pm
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    Kate, when you say medical assistance, are you talking about Medicaid? My daughter is 8 and the state took her off Medicaid and now to […] Read MoreKate, when you say medical assistance, are you talking about Medicaid? My daughter is 8 and the state took her off Medicaid and now to put her back on, we have to get her on social security. We live in Michigan. Thanks Vicki Read Less

  • LAURA

    March 16, 2018 at 8:32 pm
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    Pampers Cruisers is also now available in a Size 7 (just another option). :)

  • Elise

    April 19, 2018 at 2:50 pm
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    My boy is 11 & manages to still squeeze into Huggies NightTime Pull ups for bed, but won't be long before he won't be able […] Read MoreMy boy is 11 & manages to still squeeze into Huggies NightTime Pull ups for bed, but won't be long before he won't be able to! We actually use feminine pads for school & outings for the little spills but he typically ends up with wet pants anyways :( I see more & more incontinence pads, but yeesh, the garbage kills me too! I bothered to use cloth for my girl who stopped using at 18mo. So it is, I guess. Read Less

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