This is extremely similar to my progression into the babyfur/diaperfur fandom. For me it was also ABDL -> MLP/Brony -> Furry -> Babyfur/Diaperfur.I got into My Little Pony art around the time the new series came out, and that quickly led to me discovering MLP babyfur/diaperfur art. So I guess I became a furry first, but the babyfur/diaperfur art for non-MLP stuff pushed me to really become a furry.
That's pretty much how I was. I knew about furry (and even "knew" that I hated them) before I discovered what ABDL was (even though I'd been making makeshift diapers since I was like 6), then discovered ABDL around 18 or 19, then rediscovered furry via finding that I enjoyed art of furries in diapers a lot more than I enjoyed pictures of humans in diapers. Eventually I had to begrudgingly admit that I guess I am furry, and my initial reaction to them must be the same phenomenon that causes the most homophobic of people to always turn out to be secretly gayI knew about furries a while back, but never really identified as one (although liking the art). Once I discovered and embraced my DL side, I also found more furry art (diaper and non-diaper related). I figured if I considered myself a DL, I might as well come out and consider myself a furry.
ok(srry i havent been on alotI was an abdl before I started being more active in the furry (and subsequently the babyfur/diaperfur) community so I kinda entered from the opposite you did
Being an abdl definitely played a huge role in me getting an interest in the furry fandom. It was originally foreign to me that someone would gain an appreciation/attraction to diapers and/or little things later in life, but realized it was actually quite common, if not more common than just having it innately.
One of the main reasons I joined the babyfur/diaperfur community was to try to be more social with and explore this side of me more. And I gotta say, it has been an awesome experience! I've gotta meet tons of really nice people and make loads of friends. I know the babyfur/diaperfur fandom isn't for every abdl, but I think most abdl's would enjoy and appreciate the community. If not at the very least for the acceptance and encouragement.