Many of us are under the impression that the AB/DL 'market' is growing. In the past few years, the number of companies offering custom AB/DL diapers has grown significantly, however the vast majority of us still use diapers designed for incontinent people.
An obvious reason why mass produced incontinence diapers are more popular is because they are cheaper and available in commercial outlets such as pharmacies and supermarkets.
These sort of diapers are designed for incontinent customers, which is a much bigger population than the AB/DL portion of society. However because of consumer preference and market research, our incontinence diapers are becoming less bulky, and cloth backed.
This is already happened in the baby diaper market. If you were born between 1965-1995*, the chances are you wore thicker plastic-backed disposable diapers. Between this period, the thickness decreased over time to the point where we have thin, often undesirable and flimsy baby diapers of this generation.
One of the main comforts associated with being a DL is the emotional and physical warm, snuggly thickness associated with the kind of diapers we wore as kids. As I am assuming the vast majority of us AB/DL's were born between 1965-1995, we endured the loving comfort of wearing a soft, thick diaper as kids, and this may have shaped our adult desire for wearing diapers (and using other baby-associated things in some cases).
Because this generation of babies are using these thinner, flimsy diapers, would that mean they may have a lesser emotional connection to diapers that we had? Is it possible that the number of AB/DL's in the future will decrease because of this?
Have I got it all wrong. They say that children are potty training later and later these days, up to 2 years later than the previous generation as diapers have supposedly become more comfy and absorbent to them.
They say that children are often unable to realise that they have soiled their own diapers because they are so absorbent, so they are unable to feel as much discomfort.
Many AB/DL's on this forum say that they were potty trained late, and this is often cited as a reason to why they have a desire later in life to wear diapers.
Could this create an even bigger generation of DL's in ten years time? Will we have an influx of DL's coming from the 'thin, yet absorbent' cloth backed diaper generation, claiming that they remember being in diapers until the age of 4, or even 5? Will the AB/DL diaper market change significantly to meet the needs of the 'cloth-backed generation'?
Countries like China and Brazil have opened up with a large population of emerging middle class families. This could boost the AB/DL population significantly. China has an urban population of around 55% which is growing rapidly. If a baby is born in China now, it would certainly wear disposable diapers, as opposed to its parents, who may have been born in rural areas in the 70's and 80's in often 'diaperless' circumstances.
I am sorry if this went on a little too long, but I get the impression that it is worth us discussing this.
The Times they are a Changin'
*I assume disposable diapers become widely prevalent by 1965, but hey, I was not a mother in 1965.