I've had a few people ask me how I modify my Abena X-Pluses. Rather than keep it private I thought the adisc community might benefit from a quick tutorial - so here it is
This tutorial will explain how to add a printed diaper tape to an Abena X-Plus and how to add an insert pad directly into the Abena itself. Let's start with adding the diaper tape.
First you need to find a tape that you like and print it out. A quick tip - if you want that genuine 90's baby diaper appearance set your printer to 'colour draft' mode. Once you've printed off the tape cut it to size. It should be about an inch wider than the folds in the diaper.
Next, cut the corners off the tape! This seems to drastically reduce the chances of the tape getting snagged on anything later and coming loose. It also reduces the risk of the sharp corners piercing the diaper or digging into you or your plastic pants.
You can then attach the tape to the diaper. To do so use strips of standard cellotape. I find the best approach to be to cellotape the sides first, leaving a bit of slack in-between, and then to cellotape the bottom and top edges. Make sure that you attach it to the end of the diaper without the fastening tapes and that you attach it the right way up. You can optionally cover the rest of the diaper tape with cellotape.
Let's move onto adding the insert. Start by laying out the diaper and the insert next to each other to check the sizing. The insert should be a little bit shorter than the diaper, but no more than a couple of inches.
This time you need to work on the end of the diaper with the fastening tapes. From experience I find that this end of the diaper is easier to 'open'. Make sure you are working as close to the edge of the padding as you can. Start by pinching the plastic with your thumb and forefinger. You need to make sure that you get just the outer plastic. When you've got the outer plastic make a small hole using scissors or a pencil.
Next, use scissors to widen the hole you just made. The plastic will fight you on this, so be patient and take your time. You should aim to make an opening that extends to the folds in the diaper but no further (or you'll end up leaking).
Now it's time for the fun bit. Stick your hand through the opening you just made and separate the SAP (the fluffy stuff) from the plastic backing. It should come away fairly easily. Once you've done that grab the insert and slide it through the opening until it's in the centre of the diaper. The easiest way to do this is to just put your arm in through the opening and effectively pull the insert with it.
Once you've done that clean any SAP off your skin (and the floor where you've been working) and cellotape up the opening. This is mainly to prevent SAP escaping, not to prevent leaks. To help allow the diaper to move use lots of small strips of cellotape instead of big long strips.
That's it - your improved diaper is now ready for use! Of course, there's nothing to stop you from adding more than one insert this way (I find 2 or 3 to be good).
Adding the diaper tape is purely cosmetic, but using this approach to stuffing has several benefits. For one, it doesn't compromise the integrity of the leak guards in the same way that putting inserts inside the diaper can do. It also helps to keep the 'all-in-one' diaper feel going. Finally, and I'm not totally sure why, it also seems to reduce the smell from a used diaper.
I hope you find this useful