Adult diapers 10 years from now

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Peachy

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About 10 years ago, I bought my first adult diaper. Back then, all diapers were plastic and thicker than they are now. Not sure about absorbency - I don't think it has changed much (obviously - it's not like people pee less compared to 10 years ago).

That said, what do you think diapers will look like 10 years from now? Will they all have gone to cloth cover? Become as thin as regular underwear? Or will adult diapers disappear from the market completely because doctors will be able to heal incontinence with a simple surgery or even a pill?

So what do you think adult diapers will look like in 2018? Any opinions / thoughts / insights?

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I don't think Adult diapers will ever go away. The median age of the world's population is only getting older (baby boomers) and as more and more of that generation succumb to old age incontinence will spread.

There are therapies and surgeries now that can fix some forms of IC... but even doctors will admit they can't cure everything.

We also have to consider the number of people who are physically unable to reach toileting facilities and use diapers for the convenience aspect. I think this number will grow.

Also, dispite the way things may seem, kids are being potty trained at later and later ages. I know this doesn't affect adult diapers... but the kids diaper market sure has grown in the past 5 years. Size 6... Size 7... Goodnites... Underjams... what's next?

I don't know if there will be a trend towards cloth covered diapers or not. It seems that every time one brand goes cloth-backed some new brand pops up to take its place. Cloth may be nicer to the skin... but it isn't as supportive and is a lot more expensive.

I have also seen a recent trend back towards thicker & more absorbant diapers. Secure X-Plus, Dry 24/7, Attends Extended Wear, etc. Manufacturers are finding out that customers are beginning to turn away from the paper-thin diapers towards a more absorbant high quality product. Thin diapers are made specificly for the medical industry... especially here in the USA where it is required that a patient be changed every 4-6 hours. If they are going to be changing the diaper anyways, why make one that is going to last any longer than is absolutely necessary, from a manufacturer's standpoint?

Most of the private individuals I talk to who are IC prefer a thicker diaper... these are the people who are choosing for themselves what kind of product to buy... and I believe the market will begin to shift further to cater to their demands.
 

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but the kids diaper market sure has grown in the past 5 years. Size 6... Size 7... Goodnites... Underjams... what's next?
Size 6 was introduced back in like 1998 or so. Anyways I just hope there's always a plastic backed adult diaper. I hate the "cloth" like outer layers.
 
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I'm not sure what else more can be done other than improving capacity and/or reducing bulk that I'm sure most companies think they should be doing, much to our disapproval.

I've heard things about super absorbant polymers that are exponentially better than what's currently in diapers but by current methods they're not cost-efficient to incorporate into the mainstream diaper demand. But who knows, 10 years is a long time.
 

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Diapers with laser beams attached to them.

Although biodegradable diapers does seem the most likely.
 

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A bigger market with companies that try to fit to all AB/TB/DLs? (meaning some thinner diapers, some thicker, depending on the person, and of course more absorbency, some with prints, some without, and other improved ab/dl paraphernalia)
 

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I think one of the things we'll see as some sort of chemicals in the diaper to counteract the chemicals in the urine. The diapers of the future will probably focus alot more on comfort for the wearer then anything else.
 

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Even if something does happen the adult diaper industry, there will still be companies like Bambino, and.... I'm sure there are others... Which are dedicated to *B/Dls. I'm sure they will always be there.
 

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Even if something does happen the adult diaper industry, there will still be companies like Bambino, and.... I'm sure there are others... Which are dedicated to *B/Dls. I'm sure they will always be there.
I'm wondering if the *B/DL market for diapers will increase appreciably in 10 years, to the point a few more mfrs. start up production of babyish style diapers for adults. I think there's a good chance it will. Appears that more and more infantilists have come out in just the few years I've known the community to exist. No telling how many professed DLs they'll be in 10 years.

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i'm kind of hoping that as baby boomers get older diapers will get a lot cheaper and more widely available. i've just gotten back from japan where the birth rate is declining and there are lots and lots of old people. there are adult diapers available in every grocery store. good ones too! i tried them. ;)

it would also be nice if the increasing demand for adult diapers will lead to some innovations in absorbency and fit and overall quality.
 

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Japan definately does have an edge in adult diapers.

If nothing else... I hope that in 10 years adult diapers will be more accepted by society. Even now Incontinence is the brunt of so many jokes.. just look at all the "oops! I crapped my pants" style vids on youtube. Other cultures in Europe, and Asia don't seem to have as much of a problem with it... heck, it seems that Japan almost encourages diapers.

I honestly think that everyone could learn something by wearing 24/7 for one week. Perhaps if more people were made to understand the plight of IC individuals and appreciate the comfort, security, and convenience of a good diaper things would improve.
 

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I hope they don't all go to cloth like covers
I like the plastic covers better. the cloth like covers sag more and tend to have the wetness wick through onto clothing or bedding, defeating the purpose of wearing a diaper in the first place.
I would like to see the diapers go back to plastic cover and be thicker like they were in the 1970's and 80's
I don't mind a bulky diaper.
their better then the paper thin ones.
 

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I honestly think that everyone could learn something by wearing 24/7 for one week. Perhaps if more people were made to understand the plight of IC individuals and appreciate the comfort, security, and convenience of a good diaper things would improve.
That's definitely an interesting thought. On the other hand, people would complain about the whole environment thing with disposables, and if you only have to wear for a week I doubt many people will by cloth.

Would probably end up in the AB/DL population growing a bit though. ;)
 

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...people would complain about the whole environment thing with disposables...
I know some people make a big deal out of disposables creating so much trash... but it is really only the plastic backing & tapes that doesn't break down, which is yet another reason to make a more absorbant diaper. If you go from using four diapers a day to just two, you have reduced the amount of trash you throw out by a good percentage.

I've tried cloth... and it's kinda fun for around-the-house... but I could never wear them out in public.
 

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A very interesting fact. If you look at the entire production line, from the collection of the materials all the way through to when they are no longer used (so this includes stuff like washing for cloth diapers) that the effect on the environment for a family which uses cloth diapers for their children and one which uses disposable ones is roughly the same. I don't know how much different this is for adult users, but I doubt it is that different.
 

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I hope for more companies will offer cloth diapers and plastic pants. Also I also hope that the disposables will be like Bambinos diapers. But there is a pretty good chance this will not happen. But then again for every one going green cloth diapers are a good option.:smile:
 

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I think the comfort factor is going to be an issue always, but depending on how society reacts to diapers years from now, they may or may not make diapers less easy to be noticed under clothes.
 

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well, i have seen the edge, and it is definitely for a slimmer, yet more absorbent product, i personally have not been quite so thrilled with the pullup explosion, i mean, well, i have to take my pants completely off to change? and my work boots??? in a nasty porta potty???? no, not to mention i've had more accidents with those damn things than i can count, i have yet to see a 'cloth' backed diaper i liked either, i've soaked one too many seats with those things, problem with driving is, you don't know you've soaked the seat until its way too late. and with cloth, its even worse.
 

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well
i don't know a heap about adult diapers.
id say that the thin ones will get thinner, but there will be more "long distance" ones made.
but the junior range i think will increase.
afterall there must be a pretty reasonaly market of teen bed wetters that no-one has fully tapped.
apart from that, well, the enviroment
 
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