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I recently experimented with wearing a single diaper for what is for me a long time and wanted to share the results.  I wanted to wear all day and not have to worry about the diaper being noticed, falling apart, or leaking and all the while I intended to be very active.  My new favorite affordable diaper is the Tranquilty ATN which I ordered from Wal-Mart.com.  At $8.36 per 12 and free store pickup they are a great deal.  The only downside is that they are only available in medium and I usually buy large size diapers.

Thankfully I can wear a medium and there are some benefits to the smaller size.  The diaper doesn’t rise very high, there are less extra plastic sides flapping around, and less bulk in general.  The Tranquilty ATN is a really well made diaper, it’s not very thick but is well packed with super absorbent gel and the padding seems to resist clumping and falling apart.  They have tall leakguards and seem to do a really good job of locking wetness away.

One of the first things I noticed when wearing the Tranquility ATN is how the plastic is both really quiet and really soft.  These diapers were actually quieter under my pants then a cloth backed Attends Overnight, and about the same quietness as a thinner cheap cloth backed diaper.  The second thing I could tell wearing these is that they really, really, don’t leak.  The last thing is that the tapes are really, really secure.  It has a double tape system for re tightening but I generally don’t need to.

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So for my extended wear I needed to be really discreet as I was going to be wearing and using the diaper around alot of people.  I placed a Tranquility top liner pad in the ATN to boost absorbency and put the diaper on as snug as I could.  I wore a Maidenform shaping mid rise panty over the diaper, it’s a very firm and pretty much completely hid the diaper’s lines and silenced it.  Over that I wore some boxxers.

I put this in around 11 AM after doing some outdoor activity and intense exercise which I didn’t want to be diapered for.  I was somewhat dehydrated which helped alot because I was really worried about leaks and wouldn’t be in a position to change for hours.  Over the course of the next 10 hours I went to several places in public, did alot of chores, and went on a 8 mile bike ride all the while trying my best not to hold my bladder.

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By early evening the diaper felt damp but only really in the front where I wet.  by later evening it felt a bit bulky in my front and wet.  At ten o’clock after wearing the diaper 11 hours and wetting it several times I went to check it out and take some pictures before taking it off.extended wear 3

The tight fitting shapewear panty keeps the diaper really wrapped to your body and wetness is nearly injected into the padding, instead of leaking down through a more loose fitting diaper and pooling in the bottom.  Because of this the front padding was soaked, in fact the wetness had spread from the center in all directions equally.  The booster pad wasn’t even completely soaked yet.  I could have worn the diaper for many more hours though I may have started experiencing leaks at the top.  The bottom and rear of the diaper were completely dry.

Because the shapewear kept the diaper super snug there was no chaffing and comfort wasn’t an issue.  I was stunned by how completely intact the padding was, there was no clumping.  It performed exactly as a quality baby diaper where the padding expands but stays put.

One key thing to remember is that I was somewhat dehydrated for this entire day, I didn’t avoid drinking, in fact I tried to drink extra, but I spent alot of time outside in the sun and was losing fluid through sweat.  If I had been less active and produced more urine I’m not sure if the diaper would have held up that long.

 

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We reccently got Our Little Girl a new onesie from LittleForBig.  In the past we had always made our own onesies from long pajama shirts but we’ve always been curious about how a real onesie might fit and feel.  new onesie 3

We went with the ADULT BABY SNAP CROTCH ROMPER ONESIE – GIRAFFE AND ZOO ANIMALS PATTERN for two reasons, it has a very cute and authentic baby print, and it’s designed with the overlapping shoulder flaps that many baby onesies have.  These allow the garment to be snapped and pulled over the legs and up the torso and instead of over the head.  The idea being that if the onesie gets messy from a diaper blowout you can just pull it down instead of making a bigger mess on baby’s head.  It looks really cute too.

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As you can imagine Our Little Girl was exuberent to model the new onesie.  Here’s our thoughts on it.  For 25 dollars this is a very good deal in our opinion.  It seems to be very well made, and is exactly what you would get if you enlarged a toddler onesie.  The tail is a big long and easy for our little girl to pull up between her legs to snap.  The plastic snaps are good quality and hold well.  The fabric is stretchy but not too stretchy and the print is super cute.

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For sizes we went with a XXXL for our little girl, she could have probably worn a XXL but it may have been very stretched out.  The fit is in our opinion cut for women, they have alot of room for big hips and are a bit tight around the belly.  Length is suppose to be the determining factor for size and guys I might suggest hips is where you really want to focus, because these will stretch to fit, but you want it to support a wet diaper and it needs to fit kind of snug around the crotch.

The product came in super cute packaging and with a really cute printed catalog. Even the tags are cute.  The pacakage was discretely shipped by Amazon. It’s a really special buying experience in our opinion.  Overall I would highly suggest Littleforbig, and so would Our Little Girl.

If you’re in a similar situation to me it’s not easy to have diapers sent to the house. I used Amazon Prime to have better shipping control, but now that the post office is fullfilling Prime orders I’ve already had two orders late.

I recently used Wal-Mart’s store pickup. Their selection is not good. I went with with Tranquility ATN which they only sale in medium. And Attends Overnight. I also got some Attends boosters.

new diapersI was nervous that I would be given a shopping cart with the diaper packages, but the system was ideal. I used the Ap to notify them I was at the store. Two associates were waiting for me in the pickup area and didn’t ask for ID. I walked up they said, “Allright you’re here!” It was actually kind of cool. One box of was Wal-Mart packaging and the other was generic but neither said anything about what was in them. The girls asked if I would like them to cut open my boxes so I could make sure I had the right items. I declined LOL.

The Tranquility medium actually fit well and even though they are plastic backed they are the quietest diaper I’ve used. I can easily hide them and have been wearing them more or less nonstop for the last two days, going many hours between changes.  They are really leakproof and do a really good job of staying together.  The tapes are super sticky and have removable sections to retape.

The Attends Overnights are as I feared, much like the terrible cloth backed “breathable briefs” but with way more padding.  The breathable briefs are like wearing a lose plastic bag about a quarter filled with fluff.  These are similar but like mostly filled, so better.  Still the tapes are terrible and will not stay stuck long.

The Tranquility were 8 dollars for 12, and the Attends 13 dollars for 14 diapers. I’m going to buy more ATNs.

When I was around 18 in 1997 I went to Wal-Mart in another town to buy adult diapers for the first time.  I had bought Good-Nites a few times but they really didn’t fit me, and I had stolen several individual Depends, so I had used a few adult diapers before but this would be the first time I actually bought them.

There was a rather huge isle devoted to them and these are the choices I remember.  Depend had regular white diapers along with Overnights.  Wal-Mart had their store brand and a Supreme version which was soft cotton but a plastic tape landing zone.  Then of course their were Attends, which Wal-Mart carried for a short time in the 90s.  There were 5 separate choices for fitted briefs, or actual adult diapers.  I ended up buying the Attends for I want to say around 14 bucks.

Now if you go to Wal-Mart there is not a single option for a plastic backed diaper, and only one option for something even resembling an adult diaper, the Assurance brand stretchable briefs and they are a joke.  A while back I was kind of hard up for some diapers and I couldn’t order any at the time.  I checked what they had at Sam’s Club and ended up buying them. I was actually impressed by the cost, 48 large diapers for 20 dollars or about 42 cents each.  That’s about four times cheaper then say, Abenas L4 at 1.70 each.

Well as I’m sure you well know they are horrible.  If you wear them supported by pants or a onesie then they will work for awhile maybe two regular size wettings.  If you are very active when they are wet the padding all clumps to the middle.  The sides stretch like crazy and need to be tightened a lot and if you aren’t careful and flood them you’re going to have wet pants.  They really need to be changed after almost every wetting which for me is going to be around 2 hours unless I’m not drinking anything.

If you wear two at the same time they are better, you can go a bit longer, but you’ll still face all the negatives.

I was interested in the weight and now that I have some decent diapers I compared them.

  • El-Cheapo cloth backed 99g = 216g per dollar
  • Northshore Supreme 228g  =  146g per dollar
  • Abena L4 200g
  • Huggies Overnight 4 39g = 150g per dollar

So if you wore 4 El-cheapo you’d have 400g of diaper on.  Surely that could absorb more then one premium diaper.  Seems like I need to do a test.

I compared the case prices of the el-cheapo vs. Northshore vs. the Huggies.  The El-cheap definitely gives you the most weight for your money, but there is more to the story.  Super absorbent Polymers can absorb far more for their mass than the paper based stuffing that they are mixed with.  I think the Huggies have way more gel then the Northshore which in turns has way more than the El-cheapo.

I threw in the Huggies because I had some, though being size 4 they probably make a better comparison to a Medium Adult diaper.  Now the Huggies will swell up incredibly thick if its wet and it seems to hold a lot if I use it as a stuffer, though I don’t know how much.  The adult diaper is 2.08 times longer but only 1.45 wider in the pad.  Adult diapers need wider padding.

Of course back in the 90s you couldn’t get printed adult baby diapers, but at around 3 dollars per diaper I have a hard time buying them, even though they look incredibly cute.  I just really hope companies like Abena and Norhtshore keep making quality plastic backed diapers for us. I also really hope some company could come up with an adult baby diaper that is truly a replica of a Pampers or Huggies, that swelled up super thick, had good stretchy sides and never clump up when wet.  That would really be worth 3 dollars per diaper.

Today I was able to get diapered and I experienced the difference between a good and bad diapering.  I started this morning by using a cloth stuffer inside an Attends Breathable Brief.  I bought a couple packs of these Attends awhile back at a thrift store and while they were super cheap they are also super bad diapers.

With nothing but the diaper on I went about the house doing chores and what not.  Multiple times the bottom tapes came undone and the tops had to be readjusted several times.  I had only wet it a bit at this point.  I put on some pants and went to town to pick up a few items.  When I bent over to pick something up I felt the bottom tapes come undone again.  I didn’t really wet in feat of a leak.

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My home made onesie keeping up a very swollen Molicare diaper.

I took the diaper off at home and found that almost every bit of padding had migrated between the legs and the tapes wouldn’t really stay tight. This was about an hour and half into wearing it and just a little wetting. Wearing something like this is a joke.  It’s absorption is laughable, it’s so uncomfortable.  I can’t imagine it working for anyone.  I decided to try a better diaper and went all out for a better experience.

 

I folded a very thin home made cloth diaper with two thin cloth stuffers.  It’s probably good enough for a couple wettings but very light.  Then I put on a Molicare Super over it.  When it comes to good diapers I’ve tried the Molicare Super is one of my favorites.  It’s super comfortable.  The cloth diapers become saturated and spread the wetness out around the diaper.  Since they are tightly pinned on they help keep the wetness from sagging as much.  As they get full the diaper underneath starts soaking it up.

Afterwards I put on my homemade onesie.  This is really the key.  Anyone who wears diapers should have a onesie.  Quality diapers like Abena and Molicare work well without them but so much better with them.  Even cheap diapers like my Attends work much better when the padding is held in place by a onesie.

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With my onesie on I did some more chores, then did 20 minutes on the elepitical, afterwards doing a few sets of deadlifts and some other lifting.  All the while I was drinking lots and lots of water, way more then I needed.  In an hour the diaper was wet, way wetter then the Attends before but still exactly where it should be.   It was much more comfortable and two hours later it’s soaked.  The front padding is saturated and beyond squishy, but its staying put and the moisture is finding it’s way to the back of the diaper.  I could probably wear this another hour.

Saddly the Molicare doesn’t have the super thick gel padding that Abenas and ABDL diapers like Tykables have.  This diapers performe like baby diapers in that they just keep swelling and swelling.  The Molicare defeintly has less padding, but still performs far better then a generic diaper.

Infants and children in diapers have very different needs from adults who just wear diapers for fun.  I was at a relatives house recently who have 2 children in diapers, they use all in one cloth diapers at home and usually disposables when they travel.  Their diaper pail was a big hamper full of smelly cloth diapers.  The all in ones are comically thick and bulky.  They have raised several children and talked about how they used to use disposables and change them the moment they noticed they were wet, and went through way more diapers then they needed to.  They said the cloth diapers were so thick that they didn’t need to be changed as often  and they were sure they were saving money.

Adult babies who aren’t dependent on diapers should look at some of the advantages of cloth for their diaper needs.

Lets compare

Cost:  I’m just going to generalize that a decent adult disposable diaper like an Abena costs about 2 dollars each.  If you were only able to wear a few times a month then a case of these might last you all year.  Who knows what the average adult baby does, but I typically wear 3 days a week and could probably get away with 3 Abenas.  Which means about a 300 dollar cost for the year.

Now lets say instead I buy some cloth diapers and plastic pants.  Cloth prefolds are going to run you about 25 bucks, a good all-in-one is about 40. Plastic pants can be had for as little as 5 bucks.  I’m only wearing 3 times a week but maybe I might want some back up.  I could get a super thick all-in-one, and 4 prefolds, with 4 plastic pants for around 150 dollars.  These diapers will last far longer then a year, if they were worn once a week they may last a life time.  The plastic pants will need to be replaced but that’s the cheapest part.

How about the cost of washing?  Well that does add up, according to an online calculator it would cost me about 50 dollars a year to do an extra load of laundry a week.  With just a few diapers per week though I often just throw them in with a load of towels or clothes after I handwash them and get the smell out.

The cost savings is huge and the more you wear the more you save.  If you have access to a sewing machine you can sew your own prefolds for about half what you could buy them and save even more money.

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Dry Feel:  A dry disposable diaper feels nice, but a dry cloth diaper feels much nicer.  A good cloth diaper is so bulky that it forces you to waddle more like a baby and I personally love the tightness and pressure of the bulk between my legs.

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Wet Feel:   I really enjoy the feeling of a quality disposable when they get wet and swollen. The feeling of a big squishy soft diaper is amazing. A cloth diaper doesn’t provide that same kind of feeling that a good soaked disposable diaper does.  A good cloth diaper will soak up a lot of pee and not feel uncomfortable for awhile but when they are saturated I find them uncomfortable.

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Look:  This is another personal question, what looks better?  Of course there are new adult disposables with baby print that look adorable, and big puffy plastic Abena looks really cute too.  A super bulky all-in-one is also super cute and babyish.  Plastic pants are available in all kinds of cute prints and colors.  It’s a toss up for me.

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Leaks:  Cheap disposables leak like crazy, good ones don’t.  Same for good cloth diapers.  I don’t really feel like one does a better job then the other when you’re dealing with good diapers.

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Convience:  This is a big one against cloth, especially if you poop your diapers.  Cloth are going to take some extra work, washing, folding, they even take longer to put on.  A wet or messy disposable is just folded up and thrown away.

Discreetness:  Now this one really only matters if you need or want to wear your diapers outside of the home.  I have worn disposables to work, school, and really just about anywhere.  Mind you these were not the super thick variety usually, though I have worn them out too.  I’m certain it would be impossible to tell.  I have worn some thin cloth diapers out a few times, but was really to scared to use them since I was sure they would leak.  Cloth diapers have so much thickness that they are almost impossible to hide under clothes, except maybe in winter and even then you’re going to have to try to hide that cloth diaper waddle.

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Final score

Cloth 4 Disposable 4   A tie.

I considered adding an environmental category which cloth would win, but decided against it.  A person with a great deal of environmental concern may be swayed by that, but I don’t feel like I wear enough diapers to make much of a difference one way or the other.  I’m sure a years with of used disposable diapers for someone who wore more would really add up, but my few diapers a week isn’t going to make much difference.

To me the real answer isn’t should I use cloth or disposable, it’s why not use both?  You an build a cloth diaper stash easily,

 

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.