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.