As we are approaching the finish line with our mini-series about some diaper basics, it is time to have a look at finding an outer shell for your padding. While it is strictly optional thing, their are compelling technical and personal reasons why you want to add just one more layer on top. Some of them are as follows:
- Any diaper, even the best, will start to sag over the course of wearing it. As it gets moist/ wet, it gets heavier and more voluminous. Moving around will stretch out and loosen the adhesive tapes just as the cover foil may stretch. You need to counteract these symptoms.
- Having an extra wrapper will offer further protection once your diaper is full and liquid seeps out. Especially with otherwise “breathable” products, having an impenetrable shell can be a live saver.
- It can help you regulate the temperature in your intimate regions. In winter it can save you from cold wind penetrating the tissue and the soaked pad feeling like ice, in summer it may help you transport extra sweat away from your body and offer a cooling effect.
- Some diaper models tend to be very crinkly and make a lot of rustle even under your jeans. Keeping them pressed neatly against your body and their surfaces smooth can reduce this effect just as an additional layer of cloth may swallow those noises.
- You may want to wear some cover for aesthetics and as a disguise. Unlike me, people may a bit sensitive to reveal they are actually wearing padding and camouflage it.
- When you have to wear diapers, you might as well make it as much fun as it can be. To me for instance there is an undeniable attraction in those colorful covers/ cloth diapers such as Dependco make them (no, I haven’t a single one since the international shipping is so expensive; feel free to send me some size Ms ;-) ).
Not all of the above can always be achieved. In fact some requirements are mutually exclusive as e.g. having extra wetness protection will mean you will have some plastic/ plastic-coated material involved which by itself may give weird noises when you move. So what are the individual options?
Of course many of us had a life before our leakage problems, so it’s only logical you may want to re-use your drawers full of underwear in some sensible way. The success of this will however depend on the type of lingerie you are wearing. While anything can be used to cover up you nappies, only specific materials will add structural support. Silky boxers, microfiber briefs and laced slips may look good and make you feel sexy, but offer no stabilisation.
On the other hand, stronger cotton-based models as well as more robust Lycra/ Polyester mixtures will do just that. So ironically some cheap undies from the super market may work better than your beloved expensive sports underwear or that expensive Victoria’s Secret hot pant. And of course the shape matters as well. Square-y types work better than jocks or Tangas for obvious reasons, though triangular shapes may still be useful if you wear flex like diapers.
While you may not be able to use everything (as per the previous paragraph), reasonably stable sports clothing can be used to hold your diapers. Speedos/ swim briefs work nicely as do cycling bibs, so I would imagine that e.g. the shorts that soccer players wear underneath will work just as well. Be careful, though. If the fit is all too tight, it may have the adverse effect of squeezing out your pad like a sponge.
Medical Fixation Pants
Yes, these are certainly a bit odd. Personally I don’t like them at all. They feel like a woman’s pantyhose (no offense) and I’m simply not into that. They also are extremely uncomfortable and difficult to use. The main reason for this is that they are basically meant to be thrown away after a while, so they are produced cheaply and you know it. This makes them thin and sensitive and the fit is quite poor. The risk of tearing a hole while you pull them up is quite high and they lose their tension after a few uses. The only time you can actually use them is in bed IMO.
Moving into the more specific products, of course “plastic pants” cannot go unmentioned. This is a generalized term for man different products ranging from welded or sewn PVC foil products to other foil types to cloth covered with Polyurethane (PU) and other such combo materials to even Neoprene and Latex. If that weren’t enough, they come in nearly infinite shapes as simple pull-ups, with buttons and flaps or even with zippers and other means of fastening. Some of it makes sense, other stuff is more to satisfy your fetish or fashion sense.
When it comes to PVC pants, I prefer the classic “Swedish Flappers” that you can wrap around in almost any position and close afterwards, be that standing or lying in bed. They also happen to have the best fit for me and, which is another bonus, tend to have wide seams, reducing the risk of striations. That and of course they are easy to clean – give them a rinsing with a warm shower with some mild soap/ washing gel and hang them up like a towel. A downside is that they don’t leave anything through, so you can sweat easily. In addition PVC feels “sticky” on your skin. Unlike Latex it doesn’t slide around even when there is a thin layer of sweat (Ask me how I know that! ;-) ), so you have to pay attention to adjust the fit and get it right when you put them on. And finally over time PVC ages. It can get brittle as the softener components fade with the result of rips and holes and colors can get gilded or faded.
Cloth Diapers/ Diaper Covers
As mentioned in the opening section, these would be a nice alternative to plastic pants for many people, but regretably there are just not too many manufacturers/ vendors, so they are usually pretty expensive and somewhat difficult to obtain. The obvious advantage is that they more or less feel like normal clothing, are breathable and using their velcro tapes or buttons can be adjusted for a perfect fit. The downside here is that they will add volume, which brings you back to the clothing issue briefly discussed in this article.
Diaper Bodies/ Careware
Yupp, this will be a bit awkward for many, but these thingies are actually quite practical. One of my ongoing issues with wearing diapers at night is that I feel “naked” around my waist area and end up checking my pajamas often for whether the upper part hasn’t slipped out of the pants. Wearing a diaper body nicely eliminates this feeling of insecurity. You can also wear them during the day since they will simply look like a tight-fitting t-shirt. Similar to cloth diapers, they are a bit scarce, so it’s difficult to find nice patterns or alternate colors beyond the usual white/black/ultramarine blue. Also many such products are made for handicapped children/ adolescents, meaning there is a definitive ceiling how tall and wide you can be to fit. Luckily I can still wear size 176 and 188, so I have at least a few options. ;-)
Did I miss some options? Possibly. I’m sure there are some fascinating solutions to pin down your diapers that I’m not even aware of, but I hope I have covered the most common ones at least. See you around for the next article…