There have been times when I couldn’t get my hands on disposable diapers and I experimented with making my own cloth diapers.  When I wet these I’d usually end up with pee running down my legs.  My results were horrible because I had no idea what I was doing.  About a year ago I really looked at how cloth diapers worked and made some adult sized prefold diapers that work very well.  The reason my first diapers didn’t work is quite simple not enough diaper, not enough layers. Easy way to test your cloth diapers.  Pin them on without a cover of any kind and give them a good wetting.  If it runs right through them on the floor you best try again.  The cover is only there to keep the wettness from spreading through the fabric.

My thinnest cloth prefold is made from a couple old  cotton T-shirts and a piece of flannel baby print material that is about a yard long.  There are 4 layers of T shirt sewed in the middle and 1 layer of flannel for a 5 ply diaper.  If I use an angel wing  fold the front of the diaper that gets wet is doubled and becomes 10 ply.  Even though its very thin and light it will work for a couple of hours.   If I put a disposable over this instead of plastic pants it can be worn over twice as long.

0004721364515_500X500There are some problems with wearing a disposable over a cloth, the biggest one is that you’ve got a big wet cloth diaper to wash and its very bulky.  Doubt you’re going to be able to keep this combination hidden.  A very good alternative with almost the exact same results is a Gerber baby prefold used as a booster and a disposable over that.  Today I used this combination for 4 hours and I probably could have worn it 2 more hours before worrying about leaks.  The diaper was noticeably thicker in the crotch and between the legs, but not in the rear.  I usually wear a longer T shirt and baggy pants, but I’m always concerned about the diaper outline being noticeable, especially on thicker diapers, the rear isn’t a problem with this combination.

Probably the biggest advantage is how the wettness is spread out by the cloth diaper.  When you soak a disposable it tends to wash the aborbent material away and it clumps in the bottom.  I think most adult diapers are designed with lots of small leaks in mind and not a full wetting.  Since the cloth diaper absorbs the wettness first then spreads it out to the rest of the diaper the clumping isn’t a problem and the diaper performs much better.

The only real drawback when compared to wearing an adult prefold under your disposable is that the full sized cloth diaper will actually spread the wetness farther even drawing it up  the rear padding seemingly against gravity!

Prefold diapers can be bought at Wal-Mart but they can be found at thrift stores often.  A terry cloth towel hand towel is about the same size and will have about the same effect, but I’ve found wet terry cloth isn’t very comfortable to wear against skin.

When you open your HDIS sample pack sticking out so that it can’t be missed are two Abri-Form Premuium L4 diapers.  These diapers are easily twice as thick as any other diaper in the pack.  I’ve wore the classic X-plus Abri-form L4 and was blown away by it, by far the best diaper I’ve ever worn.  The time had come to try one of these Premium DIapers.

The Premium is about the same as the X-plus, except it has a cloth cover and different tapes, it has the same thickness, stand up leak guards, and generous fit.  I put on a little rash ointment since I expected to be in these for awhile.  I expected the Premium to have a hook and loop fastener so I didn’t clean my fingers off.  I put the diaper on and realized that an Abena large is probably to big for me, I could probably wear a medium since they are much larger then many brands.  I started to go out for a walk, but noticed one of the tapes wasn’t sticking very well.  I restuck it and left.  When I got back the same tape was not staying stuck to well so I restuck it again and realized that it wasn’t a hook and loop fastener, but a sticky tape with a tiny hook and loop fastener that seemd to do nothing. the sticky part was longer very sticky since I got ointment on it.  I pulled the diaper up as high as it would go and tied my tights very tight underneath it so they were holding it up.  It was barely wet at this point but it was loser then it had been when I put it on.

The cloth backed Abena is very quiet and I could never hear that I had it on.  It’s also pretty thick, I was wearing loose workout shorts and I’m pretty sure no one could see how my rear was a bit puffy, as long as I had a kind of long shirt I wouldn’t be afraid to wear one of these in public, but I’d be a bit apprehensive about bending over, they have a very distinct outline since they are so thick.  The cloth backed diaper is also noticeably more comfortable on a hot day, much less prickly heat and sweat.

I did some work outside and wet a bit more and as expected the Abena doesn’t feel wet even after a 3 wettings.  I decided to really give this a workout so I drank some coffee and water, soon I was like a fountain, and gushing small wettings frequently, I followed every wetting up with another drink.  After about 2 hours it was getting heavy and didn’t want to stay up, the tapes weren’t really staying tight so I used some duct tape and tried to fix it up.  About an hour later I noticed my computer chair was soaked, The duct tape wasn’t staying put and one of the leg gatherers was completely loose allowing pee to flow out.

The Premium will require another test, but it seems like the tapes suck.  They have the cool feature of some elastic where they connect to the rear of the diaper, which should mean you could do them up tight, but mine wouldn’t stay tight, there’s a good chance it was my fault for ruining the tapes.  Even so the Premium cloth backed Abena didn’t swell up like the X-plus does.  Like most cheaper types the wet absorbent material began working its way down the diaper and settled in the crotch, but don’t get me wrong.  It did begin to swell up, it just didn’t stay put, like it does in a baby diaper.

Since I had some time left and I didn’t want to change I grabbed one of my thick home made cloth diapers, and a cloth soaker and pinned them over the Abena, I was still wetting like a fountain and the wettness seemed to spread up the rear of the diaper and really swell out the back.  Last time I wore an Abena the rear padding didn’t even get wet.  I pinned the cloth diaper on very tight and as the Abena continued to absorb and swell I could feel the cloth diaper getting tighter and tighter.  It made for a really fun diaper experience.

HDIS sells the Abena at $2.60 when you buy a 12 pack, and yes that is with shipping, but that’s still far to much in my opinion, especially when you can buy the superior X-plys plastic backed diaper for  much less.  I can’t really pass judgment on the premium until I try the second one and make sure not to foul the tapes.

Tumblr has been a pretty interesting development for those of us who follow the diaper girl picture scene.  Lots and lots of girls have posted pictures of themselves diapered.  Of course you have to filter through thousands of posts about other stuff to actually find the photos you’re looking for.

http://jennyrose87.tumblr.com/ If you search hard enough on this tumblr you’ll find some really interesting pictures of adult babies playing and a girl with a very excellent nursery room.  Here’s a few but there are lots more.

 

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nqrbs-re-brief-maximum_bagNext up to review in our HDIS sample pack is the Reassure Maximum brief.  HDIS seems to be the only place selling these and I read that they have them made specifically for them so they seem to push them pretty hard on their website.  If you’ve ever bought drugstore brand diapers you’ll probably roll your eyes when you pull out the Reassure.  It looks almost identical to the prevail brand diapers that many drugstores carry and sell for around ten bucks a pack.  I’ve gone through lots of these, for along time the only place I would buy diapers was a particular drug store that only carried this brand.  Fortunately the Reassure Maximum Brief is not the the same as the super cheapo’s that you get at many drug stores.

The Reassure Maximum has a cloth cover, two hook and loop fasteners with blue cross hatch pattern per side, and is quite a bit thicker then their drug store counterparts.  The large size is a roomy fit but not entirely too big, I could probably wear the medium as well.  There is no waistband and no leak guards, like I said they are constructed exactly like drug store diapers, but have about twice as much absorbent padding.  If you’ve ever worn the drug store brand you might have noticed that after maybe an hour they are loose and about to fall off.  I had pretty much the exact same problem with these, they need to tightened several times.  The good news is that unlike the drug store version these actually can hold a few wettings, though I emphasize a few.

HDIS sells these for just a bit over a dollar a diaper, they are about the third cheapest diaper on their site, only thing cheaper is wings and home choice which I’d say are not as absorbent as these.

I wore this diaper for about 4 hours.  During the first hour I took a walk and never wet the diaper, during the second hour I drank a large glass of water and wet a little bit.  The first few wettings were readily absorbed and the gel inside swelled a bit.  The third hour saw me wet a couple more times.  Probably on the third wetting I could tell that my rear end was getting damp.  I made the mistake of sitting down on the bed and when I got up had left two wet spots on the sheets.  I didn’t feel like I had wet that much for the diaper to be just leaking out like that.  I think one of the biggest problems is that they leg cuffs aren’t elastic enough and don’t adjust tight enough to really make a good seal so the pee just flows right out once the center is soaked.

qrb1By this point all the front padding had fell down and was stuck in the front and the rear padding was starting to get really damp,  Like the Attends the diaper became like wearing a big sack between the legs.  I retaped it even tighter and decided to keep wearing it until I had to go to work.   I placed a folded up towel on my computer chair and did some work, by the 4th hour the towel was soaked and the chair was damp.  The shorts I was wearing were getting soaked as well.  The diaper should have been changed about two hours ago.

One of my favorite things about these types of diapers is that they do have larger fasteners and they can be refastened several times.  If you pull them tight  and place them side by side on the front of the diaper it looks much more like a baby diaper and works just about as well, or as bad.

So I can’t totally knock the Reassure, they aren’t horrible, but once they hit their absorbency limit you’d better change them or expect to have wet pants.  They are actually very similar to wearing a drug store diaper with a baby diaper soaker, except the baby diaper soaker will probably leak less and can be tossed and a new one put in.  Considering you can get like 16 of these for ten dollars at Walgreens and add a Luvs diaper soaker for about 15 cents more per diaper you’d probably be better off.

There is also a Reassure Overnight that I have yet to try, it looks quite a bit thicker and I’m looking forward to testing it.

The Tena Stretch diaper comes in an Ultra absorbency and a Super absorbency, my sample was the Ultra and Northshore Care says it’s capacity is 19 oz.   When I first took the diaper out and looked it at I was kind of surprised by its size.  It’s a Large/XL but to me much closer to the XL.  The diaper doesn’t have stand up leak guards, but does have a good stretchy cuff.  The Stretch brief is cloth covered and has elastic side attachments.  It is fastnened by one large hook and loop fastener per side, so its made pretty much an oversized modern baby diaper.  The L/XL size was too big for me in pretty much all dimensions.  I had to pull the sides so close that they actually met in the center of the front panel.  It took a bit a futzing to get them to connect but once they did they stayed.

I was fascinated by the diapers construction because i realized it was truly like a blown up baby diaper and could be even more so if the hook and loop fasteners were cut down just a bit.  I wore the diaper out and around for awhile and found it to be very quiet and very comfortable.  Because it was so large it was more noticeable under my shorts then some, but not so bad that I felt self conscious.  Absorbency wise it worked well, it didn’t leak though I know I didn’t really soak it all at once.  As it started getting more full and heavier the more secure and elastic fit seemed to help it stay up and be more comfortable.

The Ultra medium size is very nicely priced, it comes in packs of 36 and sells for less then a dollar a diaper.  The medium ultra size is also lavender which I would much prefer over the beige. This could be a real great diaper if the Medium fits me better, the medium only claims 16 oz absorbency but if you paired it with a big booster it could be a great around the house diaper, and its size and great fit make it excellent for wearing out.  I’m definitely going to try the stretch in medium next time I order diapers and if I was actually diaper dependent and the Medium fits better it might be one of my all time favorites.

 

 

 

Here are some pictures I found from a French blog claiming that the girl is a real Adult Baby, since she is hiding her face in most of the photos it may be true, but I’m still skeptical.  3174372837_1_5_4E5zGGdw

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I received a Tranquility Slimline diaper in my HDIS variety pack and tried it out recently.  Slimlines are available in plastic or cloth covered, my sample was plastic.  It is pretty similar to the Tranquility ATN which I’ve already used in fact its basically the same diaper with less thickness.  Coming from the Attends I was surprised by how quiet the Tranquility was in comparison.  The plastic is less crinkly and stays stuck pretty well to the absorbent mat inside.  It has two tapes and fits pretty decently, but once stuck the tapes will not come unstuck without ripping the diaper.  It’s not as bulky as its overnight counterpart the ATN or the Attends even, but not as trim fitting as a Depend.  It’s not very noticeably under clothes though and the quieter plastic helps with that.    I wore this diaper for about 4 hours and did several activities in it including alot of walking.  After a couple of decent wettings it was still in pretty good shape.  It’s noticeably more absorbent then the Attends I had just worn or the Depends I usually wear.  At about 3 hours it began to clump but no where near as bad as the Attends did. At 4 hours and 3-4 decent wettings it was on the verge of failing.

The Tranquility briefs have double cuff leak barriers like most better diapers, but they noticeably not as good as an Abenas or really even a Depends which has a good stand up leak guards.  The Slimlines will still outperform a Depend diaper with its high absorbency.  Tranquility’s peach mat pad is very good at staying together even when very wet.    It’s rated at 22 ounces for a size large.  And at Northshore care is available for a bit under one dollar per diaper for the plastic backed version.

The Tranquility slimline is a bit more expensive then a Wings or Attends brand, but not by very much.  If you’ve tried WIngs, which is in my opinion probably the most common diaper sold for incontience, at least its the most common that shows up in thrift stores, then you know just how bad an adult diaper can be.  The Tranquility slimline is a good diaper for the price, but you can get a ATN for just about 20 cents more a diaper and probably wear it nearly twice as long.  If you are a person who needs a more discreet diaper then a great option could be Slimlines with booster pads, which would give you similar absorbency to an ATN for only a little bit more money and the option of having a thinner diaper when you need it.

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