Diapers: Disposable or Cloth?

Diapers: Disposable or Cloth?

Community Nov 9, 2022

Diapers! Diapers! Diapers! We love them! Their soak-ability and their cushy cloud-like appeal. While many ABDLs gateway themselves into the kink with disposable adult diapers, have you ever tried a cloth one? It took me years to try a cloth diaper, and when I did I found a new love for them! So I decided to try to compare disposable and cloth diapers! First up, will be disposable diapers since that’s what I have on now.

These crinkly wonders are usually the better choice when it comes to a day out with friends or a caregiver because they’ll be able to hold more volume, they’re easier for changes on the go, and (at least in my own experience) they are better at keeping everything inside (fewer leaks). But of course, you can also wear them at home! Most disposable diapers have 2-4 tapes (I’ve seen 6 before, for really squirmy babies) and come in packs of 10-12.

Photo from Crinklz/NorthShore
Photo from ABUniverse

Many of the companies selling adult diapers have their own cute patterned or colored diapers, or just plain white ones! The white ones tend to be my favorite. Don’t get me wrong, I feel adorable in a Bunny-Hops or something, but I feel super baby in a plain white diaper. You know?

Photo from ABUniverse
Photo from ABUniverse

There are plastic-backed or cloth-backed disposable diapers. The ones I have pictured from ABUniverse here are plastic-backed, but their recent Little Kings diapers are cloth-backed! The cloth-backed ones are really soft and cushy, but I have a special love for the loud crinkle plastic-backed diapers make when I walk (or waddle). So alternatively, many people like cloth-backed disposable diapers because they’re not so loud when you're on the move.

I’ve also seen people decorate their own white disposable diapers with sharpies or stickers! There are a lot of fun ways to get creative with it, and many ABDL sellers on Etsy will also have rectangular stickers that you can stick across the front of a white diaper, for another fun visual angle!

Photo from ABUniverse
Photo from ABUniverse

It's hard to actually compare cloth and disposable diapers I guess (because I love them both so much!), but disposable diapers can feel uncomfortable sometimes, especially when they're full and your diaper area is feeling hot and sweaty. And since they are disposable, they can fall apart without warning. It hasn't happened that often, but I have had diaper tapes break on me before, and then you just have to get a new diaper.

All this disposable diaper talk has gotten my own diaper very soggy, and I think it’s time for a change. Maybe into a cloth diaper?

These cushy soft clouds are probably a better choice when it comes to a comfy night at home, chilling in your crib. Cloth diapers come in a bunch of different colors and patterns and a few different styles of fit! You can find a lot of fun types through small makers on Etsy. Personally, my first cloth diaper was a purple one that I snagged off of Amazon during a late-night shopping binge one evening, but I actually have a new one coming in the mail from Super Undies that I’m very excited about!

Photo from Amazon
Photo from Amazon

The Amazon one is made up of an absorbent inner lining, with a large rectangular sponge-like pad that you stuff inside. The outer lining is made of something that feels a little plasticy, like polyester, but it's still got a soft, smooth feel to it. And this one actually goes on like a diaper, “hook and loop” style. So you would lie down on it, pull the front part up over your crotch, and fasten both of the side flaps to the front. Mine fastens with snaps, but I would recommend finding one that fastens with a strong velcro (like below), or a combination of velcro and snaps.

Photo from Amazon
Photo from Amazon

Some companies also sell pre-fold diapers, which are plain cloth diapers that come in a rectangular shape, that you then fold onto yourself and fasten into place with safety pins (very retro chic and something I would need my Daddy to do for me).

Photo from the Rearz company
Photo from the Rearz company

And in our PlayTyme Shop (on our website or in our app) you can find Threaded Armor diapers! They have cloth diapers that look and feel like regular briefs that you can pull up and down, no tapes, snaps, velcro, or safety pins involved! They hold snug around your legs to prevent leaks, and look super cute while doing it! Threaded Armor is made by its parent company, Super Undies, which is the type of cloth diaper I have coming in the mail, so it’ll be a pull-up style like this! I can't wait.

Photo from Threaded Armor/Super Undies
Photo from Threaded Armor/Super Undies

While the diaper itself is pretty absorbent, you can also purchase stronger inserts so it’s able to hold more, for your super-soaker types (like me!). And as long as you follow the washing instructions properly, you can use your cloth diaper happily for years!

Obviously, I love cloth diapers as well, but I’ll bring up a couple of downsides, to be fair to disposable diapers. At least in my own experience (maybe my new pair of Super Undies will change this), I’ve found that cloth diapers aren’t as absorbent as my disposable diapers. I can’t soak them up quite as much as a disposable diaper before leaks start. Plus there’s obviously more clean-up involved in a cloth diaper. With a disposable diaper you can tie it up and throw it out and not think about it anymore, but a cloth diaper requires laundry care, which can take some time, but is important to do properly for the longevity of your cloth diaper.

So in the end, I’m not sure if this was a full comparison of disposable and cloth diapers or just me saying how much I love both of them. But either way, I hope it was a fun read, and that maybe you know a little more about cloth diapers because I find most ABDLs only wear disposable. And check out Threaded Armor in our PlayTyme shop if you’re interested in trying the cloth diaper life. Also, keep a lookout for a possible new collaboration with Super Undies we’ll be bringing your way! As always, thanks for being a PlayZine reader and friend!

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