Adult Baby Universe (ABU) has recently released the new PreSchool Diaper, a "medium-capacity" cloth-backed diaper at substantially cheaper price point than their other products. The diaper has a plastic landing zone rather than being a fully-cloth design, and introduces for the first time in an adult baby diaper product a mixed set of rotating designs within each pack.
I am reviewing the medium size PreSchool as provided in a pack for review in September 2016. It has been stated as of this writing that future runs are intended to differ slightly with the landing zone placed higher on the diaper. The medium size is listed as fitting waists of 28"-36", the large is listed as fitting waists of 36"-46", and the extra-large is listed as fitting waists of 46"-56".
Appearance, Size, and Features
As with other ABU products, the PreSchool comes in transparent 10-packs with a product panel on one side of the bag. The PreSchool's panel displays art elements used across its prints, with what appears to be Seattle's skyline.
Front and Back of Packaging, Respectively
The PreSchool prints consist of 4 different landing zone designs each on an all-white backdrop. One is sky-themed, one is night-themed, one is car-themed, and the last has numbers, letters, and shapes. All of the designs are generic, realistic babyish prints. The night-themed print stands out as being a noticeably bolder color scheme than the other prints.
The prints are arranged in cycle in the bag. The idea of cycling through several different prints in a package is novel and innovative for an ABDL diaper. Major brands of baby diapers have been packaged like this since the late 90s, predating the shift to cloth-like covers. Between the existence of multiple prints and the realism of each of them, there's something uniquely authentic about the design of this product that I can't say I've ever felt about other ABDL diapers.
Front and Back of Folded Diaper, Respectively
All Four Different PreSchool Prints
To test their dry thickness, I stacked three diapers on top of each other, placed a heavy book on top of them, and measured their height. Together, the 3 diapers had a height of approximately 9.3 cm (3.7 in). Thus, the dry thickness of a single folded diaper is 3.1 cm (1.2 in). It's noticeably thinner than other ABU products and most "premium" diapers, but it's not far off from the thickness of a regular Bambino product.
3 Diapers Stacked
The ABU PreSchool uses the conventional double tape design seen on most adult diapers. The tapes have a blue tip without adhesive to pull on and the same wider (4 cm, 1.5 in) tapes used ABU Space/LittlePawz/Simple, which are wider than most diaper tapes.
The inside of the diaper is all white, and the padding is arranged in an hourglass shape. The padding feels packed with a dry, cottony texture, slightly softer than the outer cover. The diaper has standing leak guards. It has an elastic waistband in the back only.
The diaper is notable among ABDL diapers for having a cloth-backed cover. It feels very similar to the touch to the cover on a modern baby diaper – a soft oily paper texture, very different than plastic and much closer to cloth, but still clearly different than actual cloth. The wings are made of only the cloth-like layer and feel less substantial that typical plastic wings; this makes the sides "breathable", and indeed, you can partially see through the wings.
Front and Back of Unfolded Diaper
With the diaper outstretched, it measures 73.3 cm (28.9 in) in length, 67.0 cm (26.4 in) in width at the wings, 27.9 cm (11.0 in) in width at the center, and 20.6 cm (8.1 in) in width between the leak guards.
Performance and Fit
To test the capacity of this diaper quantitatively, I ran a test to simulate use. I put a diaper on and then repeatedly poured water into the front of it in 100 mL increments and sitting down in a chair for 30 seconds each time to give the diaper a chance to absorb the liquid, pace the process, and see if it would leak when sitting.
After 500 mL of water, I began to notice pooling at my legs after pouring increments. At 700 mL, the front was starting to spread my legs. At 800 mL, I started feeling a "sploosh" when I sat down. At 900 mL, it felt damp while sitting. At 1000 mL, it felt like sitting in a pond. At 1100 mL, water felt like it was at my legs during the entire increment. At 1200 mL, I noticed a wet spot on my chair and stopped the test. By this point, it took effort to put my legs together.
I folded the diaper back up to compare its thickness to a dry diaper. It had expanded to roughly 8.9 cm (3.5 in), about 2.9x its original size. The tapes easily held throughout this test.
Dry Diaper Next to Full Diaper After Quantitative Test
I put on a fresh diaper and wore it while going about ordinary activities. The diaper lasted a total of 4 hours before beginning to leak at the leg. During my test, I had 3 or so moderate wettings, but did not flood it; it did clearly hold less than typical high-capacity ABDL diapers.
With a 36" waist, I am towards the top of the listed size range for the medium PreSchool. I normally wear size medium in other diaper brands. This diaper seemed to fit my size and frame well, with the thinner profile lending itself to a more snug fit. I also felt like this diaper was less liable to dig into my legs when tight.
This diaper was unusually comfortable and unobtrusive to wear, especially on the breathable sides. It would be far more pleasant to do active and sweaty work in this diaper than a plastic-backed or thicker diaper, though changing more often would also be required.
One common complaint about cloth-backed diapers is the view that they are liable to bleed liquid through the cover. I did not notice this problem in any of my testing even though I was actively on the lookout for it.
The tapes held perfectly in my tests, and given that they appear to be identical to those on the high end ABU products which test to roughly twice the capacity, they are far above what would be needed for the task.
The cloth-like backing muffles the crinkling, but some is still present.
Price and Final Thoughts
I received one pack of these diapers for the purposes of a review from https://www.abuniverse.com. They are available in 10, 40, and 80 packs, and available with added scent for an additional charge. Pricing for PreSchool is $26.99/10, $69.99/40, and $109.99/80. Prices include shipping.
At the case size, this works out to $1.37/diaper. This prices it substantially cheaper versus other current ABDL diapers and a bit under many "premium" non-ABDL diapers, with the tradeoff that it also weighs in at a lower capacity than these options. Capacity for the price is middling in my testing – not up to the high bar that ABU itself sets with the Space/LittlePawz/Simple, but comparable to most ABDL diapers on the market. As of this writing, there is not currently a lower-cost ABDL diaper still being sold, and thus the PreSchool claims this role by default. In a lot of ways, this diaper is set up for a comparison to the old, now unavailable, Snuggies/Tykables Waddler. The capacity is similar and it is being explicitly advertised in the same niche as a lower price, lower capacity "daytime" diaper.
In this role, it's trying to do something different than the typical high-capacity ABDL diaper, and I'm glad to say that I think ABUniverse has created a solid product that shines as one of the most authentic recreations of the modern cloth-backed baby diaper experience. The prints are very believable, the combination of multiple prints is unique and brings a yet unseen aspect of baby diapers to ABDL products, and the underlying diaper is a functional product at a lower price point.
If authenticity in ABDL diapers appeals to you, then you really have to try this diaper! If you're looking for an ABDL diaper at a discount and aren't overly focused on capacity, this diaper nicely fills that niche. If cloth-backed ABDL products appeal to you, then this is a solid option where few currently exist. This diaper won't meet the needs of someone squarely focused on high capacity diapers, but for a wide variety of other appeals, I'd enthusiastically say the PreSchool is worth the try.