I'm new here. I'm IC, never considered myself TB/AB/DL though I certainly don't dislike wearing protection in order to stay dry. That's probably because I've never been dry at night, so I've never known anything else.
I'm curious how my own feelings relate to AB/DL. There is certainly something child-like about part of who I am and I don't mind that at all.
Anyhow - that is another topic
I just wanted to tell how I manage at night, what works for me. It's not that I would advocate it, I'm aware that everyone is different in that respect. Not only in their particular incontinence but also in their likes and dislikes. I've read some comments from people who seem to hate plastic cover pants, for instance. That seems to me rather a preference than due to that they should be no good or useless - and sure, that's a valid reason too.
Just don't shoot me over what I'm saying please
(see, I've been active on quite some software development forums and really, people do get very intense about details at times ...)
Ok, so I'm a sleep-wetter. It varies hugely how much I lose per night: from nothing at all to, well, lots. As a child I wore those side-snap plastic panties with pockets in them that accommodated a diaper, and that worked just fine. At least when lying down, because the occasional time that I needed it out of bed I found that it leaked simetimes because the whole thing tended to sag.
In my teens these pants either ceased to exist or they were thought inappropriate for an incontinent teenager - maybe because people thought they are too much reminiscent of what babies wear, I dunno.
I've used pretty much every kind of disposable that was out there, and to be short, I dislike all of them. They made me feel like a patient. And most of them still leaked, mostly because I sleep on my side. So we experimented with using plastic cover panties, but that didn't work very well either. I now understand why: plastic pants don't hold in free liquid. They are meant to isolate wet diapers from the outside world.
I managed after that by using those mattress protectors. I don't like them (too medical again) and not really safe either.
Recently I've started to experiment again because I noticed that you can buy a lot more different things online than they sell at our local pharmacy. Probably partly due to AB/DL folk, so here's a big "thank you" for that!
(I'm serious! I think that because AB/DL ppl are a lot more outspoken as we closet-incontinents who are ashamed of our "problem" ... apparently diaper producers picked that up, and that is a good thing)
I think I've found a pretty near-perfect combination now. I usually have Tena Comfort Maxi diapers, and put those in a plastic cover pant that has a terry outside layer. This pant is not too tight, but fitting enough to make the diaper fit against my body. Over that, I then put a (much) larger plastic pant.
This seems to work really well: on the occasions that I wet very much, it can fail to be absorbed in time. It may leak through the legs of that terry covered pant, but it ends up between that and the large plastic pant, where it is absorbed quickly in that terry layer.
It's sort of a "backup failsafe system" and I'm quite enthusiastic about it.
On top of that I must admit that I find the terry covered panty almost illegally cute
I still want to figure out if cloth diapers would work for me. They seem to absorb very well, and I'm also trying to consider the environment.
And another is about the plastic pants. I really dislike that shiny sort of plastic that this Suprima brand uses. I find it awful because it clings to the skin like clingfilm. There exist a type of plastic that feels almost like silk. It is very skin-friendly. It is textured like woven material so it doesn't cling like smooth plastic does. It also looks much less "medical" and awkward.
I've found a French manufacturer who uses that plastic, but unfortunately the pants they make are of such a lousy fit that they are completely useless.
So there is still a lot room for improvement. I've thought at times to start my own business and do it myself, but I'm probably a very lousy businesswoman
Ok, hitting the "post" button now; thanks for reading!