For those who've worn diapers exclusively by choice (i.e., since being potty-trained), I'd be interested to know: How many of you have any lingering memories of wearing diapers by necessity?
My early childhood memories are often greeted with skepticism by family and friends, but I'm sure they're real. A few are from being three years old, and quite a few more are from being four. My memories of being three are all imagery. The ones from four vary quite a bit. For instance, I remember being at a playground when my mom said something about me being "four-and-a-half" years old. For some reason, the "-and-a-half" bit really upset me, and I remember screaming and crying and telling her that I was just four. Little children behave so strangely!
Most interestingly, perhaps, is that I have precisely one memory of having a diaper put on me. I recall lying on my back in bed, watching mom fold in the sides of a cloth diaper that was already half underneath me, then bring it up between my legs and fan it back out. That's it. Not a lot! I've always assumed this was from when I was three years old, as the subject of potty training *did* occasionally come up later, and from this I learned that I was fully trained before my fourth birthday.
I've often wondered whether my "diaper memory" ever surfaced between the ages of four (when I was trained) and seven (when I started wearing my sister's diapers), or whether it suddenly reappeared in response to my interest in diapers. I'll never know, I expect! Regardless, this memory was central to my early interest in diapers, and many of my early attempts to put diapers on myself were also attempts to recreate that memory. And, fortunately, my sister's diapers were just my hand-me-downs and I was still little enough to fit in them, so my attempts were highly successful!
Anybody else have early memories of wearing diapers, especially from a time before diapers were a choice?