For those who've never heard of them: There exists a brand of plastic-backed baby diaper called CoolDiaps. These have been around a few years, and were once even available in Babys 'R' Us stores. Tragically, they disappeared from shelves a while back and seemed to be an online-only thing.
Whilst taking my compulsory stroll down the baby aisle during my last visit to the grocery store (QFC -- a subsidiary of Kroger), I glimpsed them: CoolDiaps! Woot!!
Now, don't get your hopes up too high. At only 48.5cm / 19" long, these diapers are considerably smaller than the largest Pampers, and lack the elastic of Pampers as well. Unless you're prepared to mod them or use them as stuffers, you're better off avoiding them. Still, they are good for a diversion.
The front of the CoolDiaps package boasts "Breathable Outer Sheet," however pay it no mind. The diapers are plastic, and instead have a breathable cloth-like liner.
CoolDiaps come in three cool (or silly) prints. I'm not a big fan of the smilies and the peace signs, but I think the zebra stripes are pretty cool. I don't think I'd mind a zebra-striped adult diaper. Pardon the inconsistent color temperature; these pictures were taken with my phone.
Here's a closeup of the exterior of the zebra-striped diaper -- smooth plastic except for the fuzzy strip where the Velcro tapes land:
And here's what they look like inside:
Finally, a closeup of the inside shows the cloth-like liner that covers the wings, gathers, ... everything:
Again, although the diaper claims to be "breathable," it is not breathable in the usual way. I would question whether it's breathable at all, actually. Pour some hot water into a CoolDiaps diaper and leave it sitting on a shiny surface. After a few seconds, move the diaper and you'll note that there's no moisture under it at all -- very different from what you'd see with modern Pampers, Huggies, etc.
In terms of absorbency, although I haven't measured, I expect that these are among the more absorbent baby diapers for their size. There is SAP and padding from front to back, making the diaper uniformly thirsty.
They are unscented.
Want to travel back in time to the plastic baby diaper era without breaking the bank on vintage eBay diapers? Got a QFC or other Kroger store nearby? And some luck? And $3.00 or so?
There you go!