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Thread: Answering the question of older children in diapers.

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    Default Answering the question of older children in diapers.

    This seems to be a common enough topic on this site as to why parents don't just let kids wear diapers as long as they what or when they want. The discussion usually ends up between the vivid fantasy we all enjoy and the parents who have felt the reality of the situation. So recently I had to do a medical expense form calculating rough estimated costs of all "medical" expenses on each house resident and one segment under child care had to include diaper expenses both estimated pre-potty train and any recurring diaper related issues (bed wetting or special needs)

    *NOW BEAR IN MIND THESE FIGURES ARE ROUGH ESTIMATES BASED ON CURRENT RETAIL PRICE OF EACH BRAND MY BROTHER AND SON HAVE USED IN THE PAST 15 YEARS BETWEEN THE TWO OF THEM THESE ARE NOT EXACT DEFFINITIVE FIGURES*

    Brands include Luvs diapers, huggies pull ups, and Pullups Goodnites brand.

    My little brother who is 15 as of this year has used diapers off and on a grand total of 13 years consistently for a total of 12.5 years.

    My son who is going on 9 is still in them @ night and during his sporting events. so the overall total still grows by the week.

    But the average breakdown was on 2 cases of diapers a week pre-potty trained and 2 Pull ups a day there after. On both boys. For the duration of their time of use.

    The total for my little brother over 13 years came to about $22,984. That's higher than some people's annual income.

    My son comes in at about $8533 and growing over almost 9 years.

    The grand total between two boys is $31,517 and growing in 15 years averaging out to about $2101 rounded to the nearest dollar per year in just diapers. And that's not even full time. That's averaging on 2 Pull ups a day during the boys bed wetting tenure and 2 cases per week during their pre-potty training tenure. Obviously due to factors such as illness, travel, special occasions and lazy days they have gone through more diapers and Pull ups than accounted for but it's not more than a few hundred dollar difference.
    The idea of kids staying in diapers longer is appealing but the reality of financial burdens often outweigh any convenience gains.

    This is why while it's a cool idea it's not a practical one. These figures only accounted for 24/7 diapers for 5 years on my son and 4 on my brother the rest and bulk of it was just night time only. If all 15 years were counted @ 24/7 we would be closing in on near $90,000 over 15 years adjusting for size and cost increase as both boys got bigger.

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    And because my mother is also in the household and my childhood diaper expenses were accounted for as well but since I am just counting one generation in this my usage does not reflect in this. Being partially incontinent during the better part of elementary school and middle school my usage alone racked into the $110,000 range in 1996-2005 decade prices.

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    Quote Originally Posted by w0lfpack91 View Post
    The idea of kids staying in diapers longer is appealing...
    Really? I'm not sure I follow. Why is the idea of kids staying in diapers longer appealing? I wonder if this is fantasy and reality getting tangled up a bit. Maybe?

    I've potty-trained two kids, and while there were a handful of instances where public accidents had me thinking, "Ugh! I wish I could have just put this kid in a diaper!" the reality was that those occasional inconveniences were nothing to the awesomeness of having my kids out of diapers and using the toilet on their own.

    Changing an infant's diapers is, according to some, an important bonding time for parent and child. But it's not long before all those diaper changes start adding up to a lot of time and money that are better spent in other ways.

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    It's a trend I noticed Just within the ABDL community That I think is just rooted within the idea of roleplay

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    Well if I had any kids, I wouldn't want to keep them in diapers, but if any of them truely needed them, well I would still use diapers. Same as you do for your son.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 12srepaid View Post
    Well if I had any kids, I wouldn't want to keep them in diapers, but if any of them truely needed them, well I would still use diapers. Same as you do for your son.
    Yes but this was more targeted at the younger members of the site who often comment that they see no real down side and that it would be a good idea. While most of their reasoning may be sound when the topic is brought up most don't seem to comprehend the financial burden of kids in diapers. They see it from the ABDL side of it, it's a bit different when you have to make the decision between Diapers for a week or food for a month.

    My little brother choked on his soda when he read just how much his bed wetting expenses cost us over 13 years. Being 15 he may not comprehend money in the way us as adults do but he does know that almost 23,000 is a huge amount I even showed him that in perspective we could have bought a Brand-new car for the amount of money that he peed through in diapers Over the course of his life. It's by no means a cheap product.

    And I will admit my son probably uses them far more than he should or needs to, And me being what I am fairly lax on the topic of making him use the toilet while he has a Pull up on. If he is wearing it, wetting himself is fair game I've never really gotten on to him about it. And he, like his Uncle, participates in junior motocross As well as soccer and martial arts, I have him wear them during all 3 of those Because of his ADHD but also because 2 of those are full contact sports, If he wrecks his dirtbike or gets hit or kicked hard enough in compitition it could cause him to have an accident it's happened before and a pull up just makes Clean-up much easier.

    But back on topic once hes able to control himself at night They will disappear from his underwear drawer. I'll still keep them around for his motocross and martial arts, But he won't have access to them whenever he feels like it.

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    Well, what my instinct tell me is that maybe they could go without the diapers and are capable to some point. And that perhaps that the diapers being there for so long is normal and enables them, and they may not really need them that much.

    Of course, I don't know much about the situation. If the cost is too much then it's time to start weening them off diapers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MickeyM View Post
    Well, what my instinct tell me is that maybe they could go without the diapers and are capable to some point. And that perhaps that the diapers being there for so long is normal and enables them, and they may not really need them that much.

    Of course, I don't know much about the situation. If the cost is too much then it's time to start weening them off diapers.
    No one's completely out of them Has been for 2 years I just had to fill out that medical Survey form And we actually got to calculating it. I knew it was expensive but I didn't actually anticipate it being over $30,000 I just figured since I had done the math I would put it out there as a PSA Because this thread normally pops up once or twice a year anyway

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    if he bed wets put him back in diapers, I have done the expense study for my self but using that logic to force some one out of diapers would not fly with me, I think your kids wellbeing out weighs the cost of the diapers, there are a lot of ways to lower expenses, good nights are almost a buck each the last I checked and off brand name diapers come out to about 10-20 cents each. Stop buying premium diapers and ditch the goodnights

    we all know diapers are expensive but there are ways to reduce the cost and I would never use cost as a reason to force a kid out of diapers, I would use cheaper diapers and skip the expensive ones

    I know for my self I could have bought a car with what I have spent on diapers but for me, my wellbeing is more important and to lower cost I buy in bulk or only when they are on sale, my average year to year cost is about $480, I went 24/7 about 20 years ago and for that 20 years I spent $9600

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    Yeah, parents can't wait until their kids are out of the diaper stage. I know my wife and I were ecstatic as each child became potty trained. Yes, it was the expense which we could ill afford. We were also paying for child care when my wife went back to work, something that was necessary if we wanted to pay all our bills.

    Speaking as a father, it was a pain in the butt changing diapers, especially messy, poopy diapers. There was no joy or fun, just yuck! It may be fun to fantasize about being a kid and wearing diapers, but the reality of that is very different.

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