I call it a disturbing trend: diapers with “cloth-like covers”. But maybe the diaper lovers and adult babies out there like it – it’s more like today’s baby diapers or reminds you of Goodnites or something.
But for me, the plastic cover of a diaper seems so essential: hearing the rustle of his diapers as my son or little one walks (or waddles) across the room gives me a real feeling of security and comfort. My diaper boy or toddler is well diapered, the sound tells me.
You see, wearing diapers isn’t just about the feeling of the thick padding between his legs or the protection it gives from having an accident. There are other senses involved as well.
There’s the smell of baby powder and oil, the slight medicinal smell of rash cream, and of course the smell of wet or dirty diapers – they all become as much a part of living as, say, bacon on a Sunday morning or the smell of daddy’s soap or after shave.
If I had a baby boy or diaper lover in the house, I’d hope that those smells gave a sense of assurance: finally, he has a place where he can be the little one he always dreamed of, that it’s safe, and the smells, the sights remind him that he’s found his home.
So you have the sights, the smells – and then you have the sounds.
There can be absolutely nothing in the world more soothing than a mobile above a crib, for example. The sound of a rattle is like a little bit of music.
But most of all, the crinkle sounds associated with being in diapers don’t just come from the diapers themselves but from the plastic on the package of diapers itself, the rustle sound of the change mat, the sound a plastic sheet makes on a bed or crib mattress.
But what do you think? Are all of those sounds important? And do ‘cloth-type’ diapers do it for you? Let me know.