Missing The Slot

You know, I was full of writing ideas just yesterday. But I’ve forgotten all of them in my rush to prepare for my quizzes. 

So maybe let’s discuss that time where I wore a diaper while sharing a room with another person. Let’s keep in mind that wearing one when your roommates don’t not know is a somewhat risky operation.

Anyway, I had returned from the library that night and I fount the room to be empty. While I hadn’t planned it, that day I had gotten a chance to execute something which I had dome some rough planning for.

So I found the room empty. I quickly closed the door and retrieved a diaper. Gathered my fresh clothes for that night, and went to shower. Put it on, and went back to my room. All this time he wasn’t back yet. So I went about doing some work, and eventually he did return. But I was seated the whole time and it was impossible for him to have noticed. 

Eventually I fell asleep sometime in the early hours. My roommate has a very weird schedule. He sleeps for 2 hours and does work for 2 hours. Maybe he sleeps during the day, but I don’t know. I’m always out during the day. Anyway, he leaves the room for breakfast at a fixed time every day, and the plan was for me to get up and shower in that time-slot. 

From that build up, you’ve probably guessed that I missed that slot. Yes, I did miss a crucial slot. But everything else that morning happened in a blur.

I lay in bed, unable to sleep but pretending to be asleep, when he unexpectedly starts to dress up and gathers his notes. He grabs his bag and leaves!

Quickly, I rush into the shared toilet. I decide to skip brushing teeth first and shower. And just as I’m getting out, another hostel-mate comes in, and is waiting outside the door for me to come out. In a near state of panic, I gather my clothes and shower things, and walk out. The way I held the concealed diaper was definately suspicious.

I don’t know what made me do it, but I immediately stuffed it into my schoolbag after wrapping it in plastic. I slowly got around to getting ready for school. But my thoughts were interrupted when my roommate returned to the room! 

How was it possible? I thought he was going for class! He even started to change out of his attire, indicating he was going to stay. The silver lining was that I had hidden everything. Quickly gathered my things, and left, dumping the package into one of the professor’s house trash bins along the way. 

So yeah, I don’t think I’ll be doing that again anytime soon. Nothing beats getting a food night sleep in a diaper, but I don’t wish to tell my roommate about this. Maybe in the western world people are open about these things. After all, why should one care about another’s choice of underwear? But in an Asian society, the risk of getting outed is quite high. And he is not exactly a friend, just a roommate. 

It’s not worth the risk. I’ll just stick to carrying a diaper around with me in my backpack. For the record, those other room’s dumbasses do not lift a finger to help clean the bathrooms. They refuse to even discuss the topic. Unfortunately I need a clean bathroom. I guess it’s some form of karma for me, since I don’t use the toilet as much. 

– Selv

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Carrying A Diaper Around

It’s been 2 weeks ever since I made the decision to carry a diaper around with me in my bag. I don’t need it, and I never put it in my bag with the intention to use it in the first place.

I’m not exactly sure why I’ve been carrying it around. Sometimes I get reminded that it is ridiculous that there is a diaper just cm away from me. Be it to class, to the professor’s office, in a drama theatre, this particular diaper has been following me around.

I keep it deep inside my bag, wrapped in a cloth haversack so it doesn’t get exposed by accident. It even has the added benefit of acting as padding for my lower back, buffering the bouncing motion of my books as I walk.

It does bring me a little comfort, that there is a diaper there. I don’t need it, but if I want to I can use it. It’s there if I need want it. Like the security blanket it promises to be. I mean, it’s for me, not for some random ABDL girl in need that I just-so-happened to chance upon right? It’s just odd, to be very frank, that a university student feels comfort because there is a diaper within arm’s reach, all the time.

But I have noticed the sense of calm that it has brought upon me. Previously I would worry that should I really need a diaper, and had the chance, that I wouldn’t have the chance to use it. Though in practice that day hasn’t arrived yet, I’ll be ready for it. And there is a practical use in terms of back support so, why not?

– Selv

Diaper Sales Pitch

I have previously talked about how we as a community find it hard to buy ABDL diapers. But there are many home-care diaper sellers out there today, online and offline. And I thought it would be a little fun to discuss how these people sell diapers.

Many of these brick-and-mortar retail shops are staffed by roughly the same profile of salespeople – Singaporean Chinese in their early to mid forties. Some of them are small businesses that they own, while others are pretty large and supply products to medical institutions.

In fact, diapers form a significant part of sales. Just walk into any one shop and you’ll see at least a quarter of their display products. While there are many other products on sale such as walking aids and nutritional products, the large variety and spread of diapers makes it clear where money comes in from.

So that would mean most staff know the nuts and bolts of their top selling product. It’s interesting however to note just how different it can be to sell a medical diaper as compared to an ABDL diaper.

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Typical description of ABDL diapers – Source: bambinodiapers.com

Browse through any ABDL store online and you’ll see an emphasis on appearance, plastic-backing, and privacy during shipping. In the medical diaper industry, these things are a non-starter. For the latter, absorbency, comfort and price are key.

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Diapers on display at DNR Wheels, a home-care retail store in MacPherson

A friend joked that the uglier the medical diaper, the better it was at absorbency and retention. We ABDLS often like to complain that medical diapers look very “medical and boring” but that’s because things like misplaced wetness indicators and colour codes are there to aid caregivers. Many premium diapers also focus on ‘breathable sides’  – what we call cloth-backed diapers – and though visibly more pricey than plastic-backed ones, are enjoying healthy demand.

I’ve never been to an ABDL retail store before (well there are but a handful in the world), and so online, ABDL sellers often focus on the afore-mentioned three points of appearance, plastic-backing and privacy during shipping. They do talk about things like absorbency, but for most ABDL diapers they would fall under the ‘high absorbency’ category for medical diapers.

That’s because it’s an expectation in the ABDL community – that if we buy printed diapers for little space, then we are not going to change after just one wetting but rather stay in it a bit longer. But for medical diaper users, changes occur after every wetting, except overnight. That’s why they sell diapers with varying absorbency levels.

But at the end of the day, the sales pitch is meant to help confused customers. I was in a home-care retail shop in Saint Andrews Community Hospital. I was greeted by a forty-something lady. She was very chatty and when I asked for some high absorbency diapers. I was looking for some Molicares, but she prodded me to get Tena Slip Maxis instead. I thought she had some quota to hit. So I pulled out a trump card and said that I was asked to get Molicares.

“Ah, Molicare is used in St. Luke, but (in this hospital) they use Tena Slip. Ah boy (referring to me), you should use this thing called ‘breathable’. It allows the skin to breathe one.”

I was trying to stifle my smile, because little did she know that I was getting them for myself indeed. But her Singlish was professional-sounding regardless. She then picked up a sample Tena Slip diaper and showed it to me.

“And this kind is also good, because it has this technology called ‘SAP’ it’s very absorbent,” she said, pointing to Tena’s Feel Dry Layer.

I think she saw my concealed smile and at that point sensed that I was a DL. Or maybe that I had done my research and knew she was bluffing.

But seriously, as a DL I’m not sure if I’m to be worried at this misinformation or to merely laugh at it. Because after all it doesn’t change the fact that the TSM is a very absorbent diaper.

It reminded me of another cringeworthy sales pitch at a home-care shop in Tampines Hub. I had been eyeing the ID Expert Slip Plus (ISP) diaper for some time and managed to alter my schedule enough that day to go buy them. The sales guy saw me staring at the diapers and came up to ask if I needed assistance. My mind went blank so I asked something pretty generic.

“Do you have any promotion going on for your diapers,” I asked, slightly hopeful.

“Promotion? No, only the prices you see here,” he said with a somewhat rehearsed tone.

I was a little surprised that there was no promotion given that the GSS had kicked off and the diapers were occupying a large and prominent part of that store. So I asked how much the ISPs were for. He told me, and I pretended to think for a moment. All this while, he was keeping his eyes on me.

He then suddenly asked, “How often do you use?”

“My grandma needs one a night usually. We will try this one,” I lied somewhat naturally.

“For night use can try this Lille brand here. Made in Germany one, very good,” he replied.

I however, knew that they were made in France, and I was also curious as to how he knew that they were ‘good’. But I was not in a mood to probe that day.

At the end of the day, we must acknowledge that these sellers here have not tried these products on themselves. A shoe-seller might have tried on similar shoes, a car-seller may have driven a similar car. But a person selling diapers most definitely would not have tried on on themselves. And it shows sometimes. There’s nothing wrong in that, given that the people they sell it to very likely won’t use it for themselves too.

But it does make for funny sales pitches.

ABDL Diapers

I often wonder why I can’t buy ABDL diapers at an affordable price.

It’s every Asian ABDL’s dilemma – do you spend a ton of money importing these ABDL diapers, or make do with much cheaper premium medical diapers.

Due to our need for privacy, we are very secretive of the way we buy diapers. Do we walk in to a retail store to buy ABDL diapers, or should we stick to ordering online? This need for privacy alone makes it very difficult for ABDL companies or ‘private traders’ to get consumption data on people buying medical diapers for ABDL reasons.

Institutions who order medical diapers are able to negotiate bulk orders and they are able to import diapers, as economies of scale make it possible for retailers like Tena to set up shop here. They know exactly how many units they need, and can demand a discount. And sellers will be willing to sell, because of the huge volumes involved.

Even other makers like Dr.P and Lille are still able to make significant sales because of the diverse market that is homecare. There’s always demand for Premium or Budget options when you have markets as big as the homecare and hospice sectors.

ABDLism is beginning to come of age in the western world. That’s why there are so many ABDL diaper brands in the US and Europe. It is only with the advent of the internet that ABDLs have awakened all over Asia. But again, the lack of data due to the need for privacy makes it difficult for Western retailers to decide where to set up shop, and how.

I believe that there is a critical number of ABDLs in cities like Singapore to make an ABDL business viable. But there are several reasons why this hasn’t happened yet. In my conversations with fellow Singapore ABDLs, the absolute sticking point is price.

“Why should I pay S$12 to import a single ABDL diaper when I can get a pack of 10 premium medical diapers at that price?” – BabySarah

That’s a valid concern that most of us have. In comparison, a pack of Bambino Classico diapers costs US$10 for 8 diapers before shipping – about US$1.25 per diaper.

So the question on our minds is, if we had direct sellers, could the price of ABDL diapers come down drastically? Of course, one needs to factor in things like the exchange rate, profit margin, postage, overheads etc. but we may see prices of about $3-4 per diaper.

Demand drives supply. Just setting up shop with cheaper ABDL diapers isn’t going to encourage many people to ditch cheap (or even premium) medical diapers. What can sellers do to drive demand, in order to maintain the basics of business? In this region, ABDL influencers aren’t a viable option admittedly (though it is a cool idea).

There will be other users of ABDL diapers. The BDSM community has been supportive of ABDL diapers. And with their premium absorbency it is (barely) possible that these diapers could be used for homecare too, driving the demand for them.

I can understand why people don’t want to set up an ABDL retail business – it is just too intrusive. Singapore does have a ‘Sex In The City’ – a retail chain known for selling sex paraphernalia – but the owners are decidedly not Asian. I know, that’s a bad argument, cos the kink side has burgeoned in the last decade so what’s to say that ABDLism won’t?

Point is, we are too defensive of our privacy, and we don’t have incentive to take that leap of faith. Someone has to sacrifice their privacy to kickstart this. But the practical Asian mind would go – ‘good to have, but not worth the hassle’.

– Selv

I May Have Messed In My Sleep

Warning: Messy Diaper discussed in this post.

Today was an astronomically bad day. I can’t even fathom how I even pulled through today.

  • I woke up from feeling damp sheets. Great, my diaper had leaked from the small wetting the night before and my 8 month no-leaks streak was shattered, I thought to myself.

  • Then I realised that I had woken up horribly late. So I grabbed my shower things and headed to the bathroom.

  • As I pulled off my diaper, the mess within fell onto the bathroom floor. For those who do not mess, there is a difference in the way you pull off a wet diaper and a messy diaper.

  • And then it slowly dawned onto me as I started clearing up, that I had pooped myself in my sleep. I simply can’t recall what happened.

  • I then had to take a Grab, and I reached late, burning a hole in my pocket in the process.

  • And these things are not the worst things on the list, mind you. But I shan’t list the subsequent thread because it’s RL stuff. It was really emotionally exhausting, today.

Yeah, I began the day discovering that I had messed in my sleep. I have no idea what in the world caused this. I wasn’t unusually tired, I didn’t drink anything unusual before hitting the haystack at my usual time save for my usual 1 glass of water. I did get up to pee shortly after falling asleep, which has happened a couple of times before.

There are two scenarios that I think are possible. One – I had gotten up a second time to poop, or had pooped the first time I got up, but was too groggy to remember. Two – I really had pooped in my sleep.

I vaguely remember getting up to pee not long after. And that’s it. But what’s even more nuts about this whole poop fiasco is this.

I usually get up to poop my diaper at about 6am, before snoozing. Today I got up at 6am as usual and tried to poop. And I thought that today was one of the common days where I didn’t need to poop, so I sat down for a moment before climbing back into bed to snooze. I’ll come back to this moment in a bit.

Being a person who is pretty much a light sleeper and pretty much ultra-aware of my own diapered state, I’m pretty sure that I would reset my alarm to wake up earlier just to poop if indeed I had gotten up just to go. And even if I did forget to switch it off, when it rang I would have remembered.

That leaves us with scenario two. I really had my doubts on this one, because all these years, whenever I try to poop while lying down I gave up miserably, no matter the position. I just can’t go. So it’s just unlikely that my body can suddenly go, and I did not have any urgent feeling of needing to go.

But the thing that really suggests that it could be number two (mind the pun) is the aforementioned moment where I sat down after trying to poop at 6am.

For you see, I don’t like to sit down on my mess and squish it. Makes clean up unnecessarily difficult. So when I sat down, I vaguely remember feeling something wet and lumpy. At first I thought it was how this diaper felt when it was fully wet (I’m trialling a new diaper, will post a review soon). So I thought nothing more about it and curled up in my bed, making the diaper leak in the process. It was only much later that I realised just what made that texture.

It doesn’t definitively rule out scenario one, but given that it was an ordinary night and I was not very tired or ‘impaired’ in any way, I’d say that despite its unlikeliness, scenario two prevails.

Tl;dr : I pooped myself when I was asleep.

Luckily I was wearing a diaper.

– Selv

Missing Plastic-backed Diapers

As time moves on, we don’t really think much about the old plastic-backed diapers these days. I mean, in this part of the world where many of us hide our diapers from family and where the weather is hot, cloth-backed diapers and pull-ups are the obvious choice. Even though a plastic-backed diaper is much cheaper, we prioritise comfort and security.

A few months back I had managed to get my hands on some vintage diapers. They are some Tena Slips which I had managed to bring into Singapore with some difficulty, but that’s a story for another day… Anyway, I haven’t really worn them since.

For those of you who follow my Tumblr post you may remember a few days ago I did open up a vintage Tena Slip Plus and double-up over my usual cloth-backed Slip Plus. I did that because I was already in my cloth-backed diaper and I didn’t really want to damage the tapes.

Anyway, it did bring back come memories for me. The texture of the plastic-backing and the occasional crinkle as I shifted in my seat were but a reminder that I am a longtime ABDL. I guess the younger ABDLS and TBDLs won’t really know what’s fantastic about these Tenas but for me it was a wonderful feeling.

But I did forget that these plastic-backed diapers don’t stretch. I placed the tapes onto the frontal patch at the same location I did before I gained some weight (mind you, it’s just a few kilos). And a few minutes later I was contemplating adjusting the tapes because they were tight, and didn’t stretch like a cloth-backed diaper would.

I gave up eventually and took off the vintage Tena, knowing that if i had readjusted it the tapes would lose stickiness when the time came for me to eventually use it. Bottom felt much less constricted.

To be honest, I’m not sure why I’m still not using my plastic-backed dips. I must have bought at least 7 packs of my usual cloth-backed Tenas since I received them, but I haven’t touched any of the vintage diapers and a handful of other ABDL dips I bought all those months ago (save for that VTSP which I keep wearing over other dips).

I mean I do wan’t to wear them, but with my current situation it’s possible-but-risky and I just have a handful of them. I could get some Tena Values or some Fairprice dips, but again, security. Crinkles are fun, until your dad hears them. Yeah I know, I’ve been down that rabbit hole before. There is no such risk with cloth-backed diapers. And when dry they don’t poof out too.

I guess that these vintage diapers are “too precious” for me to use them on an ordinary night. I haven’t been on any diapered escapades recently so maybe for my upcoming Bali trip I might try a couple at long last. I did want to “model out” and take some pics, but I realised that 1) my body isn’t exactly photogenic, 2) I’m not a girl and 3) with Tumblr clamping down I have nowhere to post them. Oh well ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 

– Selv

Tena Slip Super vs. Super Seni Diapers Comparison

Hi guys, this is the first post in a series where I compare different diapers as a form of review. These chosen diapers will be similar to each other in terms of price and absorbency. So let’s get started!

Background

The Super Seni diaper was first introduced by Toruńskie Zakłady Materiałów Opatrunkowych (TMZO) group in 2005. It was a pioneer in cloth-backed diapers and is a staple in Europe. The Seni brand consists of 4 absorbency levels – Seni, Seni Plus, Seni Trio and Seni Quadro. They comes in five sizes. We will be looking at the Super Seni (Seni), which has an absorbency colour code blue.

Tena is an industry giant in the Adult Diaper industry and makes several different types of diapers. Produced by the SCA Group, we will be looking at the Tape-on Tena Slip line. This line gave the ABDL world the famous plastic-backed Tena Slip Maxi. However to keep in line with EU regulations, in 2012 they remodelled the line into a cloth-backed diaper. It too comes with 4 absorbency levels – Plus, Super, Maxi and Ultima, and come in three sizes S,M,L (except for the Plus which has an extra XS size). We will be looking at the Tena Slip Super (TSS), which has an absorbency colour code of Green.

Size, Fit and Price

The Super Seni diaper retails at Fairprice Xtra in sizes M and L. The Tena Slip Super however is available a little more widely in Fairprice Xtra, Giant and virtually all pharmacies, hospitals and policlinics. Although, you’d likely find the S sizes in the latter.

M size Seni: 75-110cm (30-43 in)

M Size Slip Super: 72-122cm (28-48 in)

As you can see, Seni has a smaller waist allowance, starting at nearly the same point of 75cm. But its maximum waist allowance stops a full 12cm shorter than for the Slip Super. I find this paradoxical. The Seni diaper is evidently designed for the bigger-sized European but it has a shorter waist range. Tena is also supposedly designed for the European market but when I first tried it, it was tight, as if almost designed for the smaller-sized asian market.

I am a smaller-sized person and I felt that when I wore the Seni – it hung off my hips and when the diaper was almost fully wet it just dangled from my hips. The TSS fit me snugly though. This situation is reversed for a slightly larger-sized person. My friend says the Seni fits him perfectly but the Tena Slip was too tight. So this one is a little subjective.

Price-wise I haven’t really been paying attention to the Seni over the years but for the past year or so I noticed that they hover at the $11.40 range for 10 dips, before discounts. That works out to be $1.14 per dip. The TSS however has stayed constant at about $14.15 for 10 dips, before discount. That works out to be $1.42 per dip. However due to the availability of the TSS you can get it as low as $50 for a case of 60 sometimes on Carousell, regularly. 

Appearance and Features

Both diapers have most of the features associated with a good diaper. They have elastic leg gathers, standing leak guards, wetness indicators, additional wetness distribution systems and elastic waistbands. Although Seni has both front and back, the TSS only has back waistbands. Seni’s waistband is thicker and longer, expanding to 21 from 15cm while the TSS expands to 16 from 11cm. The TSS’s waistband tends to tear up internally though, rendering the top non-elastic after a while.

I think off the bat you can tell which diaper is the thicker diaper. The TSS comes in at nearly 3cm after inflating for a day while the Seni stays at 2.5cm after a day. When folded the Seni is the longer diaper at 24x16cm vs 23.5x 17 for the TSS. Top to bottom the Seni measures 83cm, 71cm padded while the TSS comes in at 78cm, 57 padded.

Seni has a thicker crotch at 16 out of 29cm vs 15 out of 27cm for the TSS.

This shows that the Seni diaper is thinner than the TSS, yet is longer despite having the same amount of crotch padding. No wonder the Seni diaper feels big!

The tapes are crucial parts of any diaper. Both use four-tape systems that latch on directly onto the cloth backing Both have velcro-type hooks on the front and a sticky part at the back of the tape. I will say that Seni’s tapes are very strong, they barely budge at all. But, on the second use the stickiness is gone and it is just the velcro holding onto the backing, making it very vulnerable at full capacity. The Tena Slip’s tapes tend to stretch the cloth backing off (an inherent problem of the backing, not the tape), but they work just fine for up to 3 fastenings as the stickiness remains a little. 

The wetness indicators of both diapers consist of lines running from the top to the bottom. Although being a white diaper it is usually quite obvious when it is wet as the white turns darkish. On the Tena Slip the two sets of thin blue lines disappear, while on the Seni they turn from yellow to blue.

The markings on each diaper is a little different. For the Seni, the wetness indicators are flanked by 2 rows of a nonvanishing number, 2 in my case. Seni uses numbers to indicate size with 1 being S, 2 being M etc. Tena Slip has a 4 boxes appearing 3 times along the centre showing the brand name, the diaper type (slip), the size and the absorbency level (6/8 drops). The size, (M in my case) also flank the wetness indicators in 2 asymmetrical rows. 

Absorbency

The TSS has an advertised absorbency of 1800ml, or 6 droplets out of 8. While the Seni does not have an advertised absorbency, it has a similar rating of 6 out of 9 droplets. 

Both diapers have a topsheet, which comes into contact with the skin, a padding core, a waterproof backing, and a cloth-like topsheet. The sides of both diapers are made of breathable material. Both have a secondary internal core. Seni has one which tends to dislodge near capacity, and detaches completely when full. It does not have a fancy name unlike the Tena Slip. The area directly above it’s core is called the Feel Dry Layer.

I feel that overall, the TSS has a better liquid retention, but the Seni has a better overall absorbency. I say this because Seni is able to contain a larger volume of wettings, but when you exceed the capacity, a fair bit more seeps out through. For the TSS, only the excess comes out through the back and not the sides.

Final thoughts

The Super Seni was meant to be on par with the Tena Slip Plus, but it slightly edges out the Tena Slip Super. Yes, it does have leaking issues, but it has a higher absorption capacity before the leaks begin. The cloth-backing also does not expand unlike for the TSS, and it has the marks of a (poorly designed) medical diaper.

You cannot deny that the TSS can be cheaper on a per-diaper basis. It is also much more readily available, in Singapore and Malaysia, that the Seni range. On the appearance front the TSS still looks medical but at least it has cheerful colours. 

As for the fit, this is a subjective one but I would say that I prefer the Tena Slip due to it having a tighter waist allowance. I also feel that the ability to refasten your diaper multiple times is a plus, although this is slight comfort since most of the time we use the diaper just once.

Perhaps, I may be slightly biased towards the TSS because it is my go-to diaper, but I definitely favour the TSS.

Hiding In Diapers

I’m surprised at the amount of time I’ve been spending in diapers lately. Even though I haven’t been using them.

At first I thought it was because of the pressures and stresses of school. But while the academic levels of stress are roughly the same as before, I didn’t join any cca this year so technically I should be have a little more wiggle-room right?

Maybe it’s because I’m juggling my Patreon and Tumblr writings together with my academics and social life. Patreon has not been going well cos the take up rate is low, but then again we do live in a world where pictures and videos are regarded more highly than writing.

But it’s also a reminder that unlike my academics and social life, there’s no one irl who I can consult about my writing jobs. It’s been a real struggle, putting out what I consider to be quality content but it’s just not attracting people. It’s definitely better than the many stories you find on ABDL forums, but that gives little solace to me.

Anyway I’ve been spending my late afternoons and evening doing my school work, and I’ve been spending more and more of this time in my hostel room and diapered. I do occasionally venture out to the communal reading room while in a diapered state but then again there is no interaction with others so it isn’t really a worry.

Of course I do have a budget and that currently restricts me to about 1 diaper a day. So sometimes I do silly things. Like take off my diaper around dinnertime, walk over to the canteen to eat and use the toilet, and then once I’m back in my room I put it on again for the rest of the night.

I’ve talked about the perks of not having to use the communal toilet before, what with truly disgusting neighbours who wash their shoes in the sink. But I definitely love the comfort and convenience that diapers provide me.

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Taking castor oil clears you out completely, but it just looks like a wet diaper doesn’t it?

– Selv

Tumbling Along

I have been away from my blog for quite a while. Time and again I keep mentioning this, but nobody has ever dropped me a message to ask why so I’ll refrain from mentioning the reasons.

However my Tumblr has been a little more active, partly because I had auto-queued a number of posts to keep it active. I had tried to do the same with WordPress but I’m not doing it correctly, I should be ashamed to say I’ve been here for several years, yet I can’t get this right. That’s why a couple of weeks worth of posts did not appear. They will definitely appear here, don’t worry.

My Patreon site is still growing, though not as fast as I had hoped. Some even left because I had not met expectations. I am deeply apologetic that I can’t post as fast as I wanted but to my current Patrons rest assured that I have created a steady stream of content which will be debuting on Tumblr as well as Patreon respectively.

On a side note, Apple is releasing new emojis in conjunction with Emoji day. But I was  wondering why we still don’t have a diaper emoji. I mean, given that diapers are an integral part of childhood you’d think that they would be mentioned enough times to warrant a symbol of sorts, but oh well, that’s just wishful thinking on the part of a diaper lover.

– Selv

Are Control Plus Diapers Back?

Wish those celebrating today a happy Vesak Day! Hope the rest of you good rest today.

I was in Guardian pharmacy the other day. It was a routine grocery trip but since I was alone I sort of detoured past the diaper section, and I did a double-take. For right in front were the packages of Control Plus diapers!

The shop wasn’t crowded so I took a closer look. The packaging was as I remembered it from way back in 2014, but something seemed different. I couldn’t see if the diapers themselves were plain or had a design but I didn’t really want to prod a pack of diapers too much in public.

Something telling was the fact that these diapers were displayed on the 2m high shelf – a prime spot in retail. I didn’t see any of its sister diapers though – the Control Plus Overnight diapers.

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Control Plus diapers in a Guardian Pharmacy in May 2018

I compared this photo with a package of diapers I bought in 2014 and the packaging is identical. Perhaps, it really has been resurrected – there seems to have been enough demand from customers for a major retail chain to want to restock these, and it seems that the Control Plus brand was never really dead these past few years.

I had noted earlier this year when I was doing my Guardian diaper review that some promotions that Guardian pharmacy was running suggested some sort of shift in their diaper sales. But I’ll admit that seeing the Control Plus diapers back on Guardian shelves was something unexpected, especially when you note that they are still retailing their own store-brand diapers.

It remains to be seen if these diapers have truly made a come back for the long-term, and if other retailers, chain outlets to specialty stores, will start to carry them again. I will have to wait till school starts to try these out, but when I do, I will write about it.

– Selv