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Thread: Is there a reason ab/dl disposable fabric-backed nappies are so scarce?

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    Default Is there a reason ab/dl disposable fabric-backed nappies are so scarce?

    The only one I was ever made aware of was Cushies. I'm assuming they're way more expensive to manufacture. I figured they'd sell like hot cakes if other manufacturers started making them.

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    They would also be competing with the widely available cloth-backed adult diapers. Part of the growth of AB/DL-specific diapers was into the void left by adult diapers when most adult diaper lines switched to cloth-backed.

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    One reason might be that the majority of ab/dl's who grew up in disposables did so in plastic-backed ones. (I'm not sure when baby diaper manufacturers started making the switch to cloth-backed, but I'm assuming late 90's.) Thus, many of them probably want something similar to what they were raised in.

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    I would agree that it is a generational thing basically most abdl's today grew up with plastic backed nappies and therefore associate those far more than cloth and plastic pants or cloth feel disposable products. I'm sure in 10 to 20 years cloth backed disposables will be the main product that AB brands appeal too

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    I grew up with plastic backed. I like both!

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    I'm agree with BitterGrey. The market for diapers seems pretty aggressive. The only way a small company would have a chance is to do something completely different than the competition. The plastic backed is the difference that draws many in, not just AB/DL. Prints just wouldn't be enough because in most cases function trumps aesthetic (except specialty products that tend to cost a lot more on average).

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    i have tried using clothlike disposable pullups before, and maybe it was early days.. but they soaked right through the shell.. i would NEVER trust em again..

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    Generational, as others have said. Plastic is associated in my mind with Infantile memories. The crinkle of a diaper to me will always be associated with baby diapers so when wearing diapers, I tend to think of how naughty it is that I'm wearing.

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    I suspect it won't be entirely generational. There's an underlying attraction to things that are shiny, smooth, and crinkly and in that, plastic shell diapers win out over clothlike covers every time. I was raised in real cloth diapers but it's the plastic that gets my motor running 95 times out of 100.

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