Mental Health and ABDL in the News

Do Adult Babies and Diaper Lovers have a higher incidence of mental illness? Has the increased coverage of ABDL related stories in mainstream news and social media had a positive or negative effect on your mental well-being? It’s time we talk about these things on this episode of the ABDLcast.

A Different Kind of ABDLcast

Boy, is this episode different than any of its predecessors. Our goal has always been to produce a lighthearted, fun, and even whimsical podcast. This one is decidedly heavier in tone. I (Toddy) felt that I had to address these topics because they are important to me. And though I wanted to inject some levity into the subject, in the end, I was unable. I am sure to offend some listeners with my opinions. That was not my intent. What I did do is to speak from the heart. My heart.

ABDL and Mental Health

Admittedly Twitter polls are not scientific by any stretch of the imagination. If you want to read proper surveys Understanding Infantilism is the place to go. But that doesn’t stop us from creating polls. In late June, 2016 I tweeted about ABDLs and their Mental Health. The result – though a small sampling; only 111 votes – was quite shocking.

This image is from the Twitter poll described in this blog post.

Forty-Six percent of those who answered have either been diagnosed, or believe that they should be, with a mental illness. Assuming that these result are even close to reality, that seems to be disproportionately high, doesn’t it? Certainly it is higher than the general population of the U.S. We don’t attempt to answer the who, what, where, when, why, and how of the results. Instead we ask what effect the current spate of Adult Baby and Diaper Lover stories that have been in the news might have on those ABDLs who suffer with mental health issues.

ABDL in the News

Of course being an ABDL makes me a little more (that’s an understatement) sensitive to it, but it certainly seems that every time I turn around there is another news or opinion piece about Adult Babies and Diaper Lovers or ABDL designer diapers, etc. There were news stories trending on Facebook and regional and national news organizations reporting on stores that cater to ABDLs being protested. There are videos and exposés and radio talk shows and podcasts, along with plenty of opportunities for people who have never imagined such things to voice their (mainly negative) opinions in comment sections.

Some ABDLs are calling for “striking while the iron is hot” and marching in parades – making our “lifestyle” known to the masses. Others are wanting all this unsolicited attention to go away. In fact, some of us with mental illnesses are greatly troubled by it.

There was a time when discovering that I was NOT the only person who liked to wear diapers was a relief. There are times now when I wish that I was.

QUESTION: Do you find comfort in knowing you are not the only one in the world who likes diapers? What about when it is in the news and on your friends and families Facebook pages?

Let us know your thoughts. We’d love to share them on the ABDLcast.

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How Involved In Your ABDL Activities Do You Want Your Partner To Be?

Many ABDL’s post on Internet forums seeking advice for how to get their spouse or partner to participate more in their ABDL activities. On this episode we explore the questions of how involved do you truly want your significant other to be, and have those desires changed over time? Plus Story Time, Toddy’s Diaper Time, and a whole lot more fun.

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If you spend any time browsing the various Adult Baby and Diaper Lover forums and message boards you will quickly notice a common theme in the thread titles. Many read something like these:

  • How can I get my girlfriend to diaper me?
  • How can I tell my boyfriend that I want to be treated like a baby?
  • Advice needed for getting my wife to be my full-time mommy

We have touched on this topic a couple times on the show in the episodes titled Talking About Diapers And ABDL and Telling My Wife That I Am An Adult Baby or Diaper Lover. Now we explore the question of how involved in your ABDL activities and proclivities (yes, there is a difference) do you really want your partner to be, and has it changed over time? We first asked this specific question during our previous episode and immediately received an email from our friend @Dypermann who was listening live on our ABDLcast Mixlr stream. He wrote:

I would like [my wife] to change me or be the one in charge and tell me its diaper time.  Just like, I’m sure, a lot of other folks want.

Toddy shares his thoughts on this topic in this episode, and we invite you to share your own in the comments below.

I Got Caught With Diapers

Last time we included a poll in the blog post asking if you have ever been caught with or wearing diapers. 62% of you said yes. Well it’s not good enough to just vote! We want to hear or read your stories.

QUESTION: What happened when you were caught with or wearing diapers?

Let us know in the comments or call our voice line using the link below.

ABDL Polls Are Open

This episode’s ABDLcast poll has been asked before on Twitter but we just couldn’t believe the results, so we’re asking again. There should be a poll embedded directly under this paragraph. I could see the poll in the last post on my iPad but not on my desktop using Firefox. Let me know if you have a problem seeing this poll (you’ll know you’re having a problem if you don’t see a poll). Please, only vote if you are a regular listener to the ABDLcast.

And until next time – Crinkle, crinkle little star :)

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Creative Ways ABDL’s Get Diapers Part 1

Many Adult Babies and Diaper Lovers have stories of creative and unusual ways of getting diapers. We start a new series on this topic with a story involving a birthday sleepover and a scavenger hunt which resulted in the teeniest diaper Toddy ever saw. Hey! It’s an ABDL life.

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Strange, Unusual, and Creative Ways To Get Diapers

I was maybe 10 years old at the time. All of us neighborhood kids were celebrating my best friend’s birthday and having a wonderful time at his party. Then his mom announced the next activity on the agenda: A scavenger hunt! We were divided up into teams and sent out in the neighborhood with a list of weird items we had to collect in order to win.

The list that my group had included my very favorite thing: A diaper. And I got it! But what happened when the nice lady brought it to me at the door is not what I had expected. Make sure you don’t miss this story in the first installment of this new ABDLcast series.

QUESTION: What strange, unusual, or creative ways have you ended up with diapers? Let us know in the comments.

Story Time And Diaper Time Make For A Good Time

We are still making our way through Story Land with Bugs Bunny. This episode finds us meeting a very crazy duck masquerading as a great detective who had something stolen from right under his nose, er, beak.

And Toddy gives some quick thoughts on the NorthShore Supreme Lite diaper. How does it compare to his beloved original NorthShore Supreme? Listen to this episode to find out.

The ABDLcast Polls Are Open

Starting this episode we – when the occasion arises – are going to include audience polls in the show blog posts. Some will be a simple multiple choice vote. Others, such as this one will require your individual answers. This question comes from @LovesPampers on Twitter:

Regarding your first time buying diapers, please answer the following

  • What age were you?
  • What did you do when you got home with that first pack?

Remember: keep your answer clean. These questions could potentially spark some wonderful conversation among ABDL folk. Please give us your answers in the comments.

ABDL Artist Wanted

We are looking for listeners to start submitting artwork for use in individual episodes of the ABDLcast. These will be included in the show note blog posts for each podcast we release. Use crayons and paper; markers and construction paper; digital drawing programs. Anything will do. Just make it clean, cute, fun, and kid-like. We’ll give you credit, of course. More information can be heard on this episode of the ABDLcast.

Until next time – Crinkle, crinkle little star ;)

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00:00 – Intro and Updates
12:52 – Listener Feedback
20:10 – Discussion: Creative Ways ABDL’s Get Diapers
35:44 – Story Time
37:34 – Toddy’s Diaper Time
41:42 – News and Views
43:43 – ABDLcast Poll

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Survey Says ABDL’s Prefer Premium Printed Diapers

We did a poll to see whether ABDL’s preferred printed diapers or plain diapers. The results surprised us. We talk about that and much more on this episode of the ABDLcast.

This image shows a pack of NorthShore Supreme Brief diapers and the ABDLcast logo and episode number 9.

Polling ABDL’s About Printed Diapers

We conducted an admittedly unscientific poll on the Daily Diapers forum asking three questions:

  1. How old are you?
  2. Do you prefer diapers plain or with prints?
  3. Were printed diapers available when you were young?

Toddy thought that the answers would be evenly divided right down the middle – depending on the age of the voter. The thinking being that the older voters who had no printed disposable diapers in the 70’s and early 80’s would prefer plain, all while diapers. But those that had printed diapers while growing up would prefer diapers with prints.

Sammy said that the wild card would be those older ABDL’s who decided that they prefer printed diapers even though they didn’t wear them as babies or toddlers.

The responses were not what Toddy expected:

I only had plain white disposables when I was a real baby. However, I would very much like to see prints on a diaper that actually works for my body shape – Baby Brian, 38

White nappies when young. However I would love printed – babybub, age unknown

When I was young it was white cloth diapers and clear plastic pants as far as I know. Today, since I started wearing diapers several years ago, I like printed disposable diapers better – jess78, 52

Adult Baby To Diaper Lover Or Vise Versa

Because of the unexpected results we were reminded of a topic request made by long-time listener, Rachel Emily:

I’d be interested in knowing how many people in the ABDL community changed their identities over time. For instance, I started out as strictly a diaper lover with a toe in the “Adult Kid” category to identifying more and more as [an Adult Baby] as time goes on. I just recently got myself a baby bottle, so I think I’m venturing rather deeply into AB territory.

Another friend of the podcast, tommyp, seconded the idea. We heard them and want to address the topic next episode, but we need your help!

QUESTION: Have you changed your ABDL identity over time?

Did you start out as strictly a Diaper Lover (DL) that over time added age-play, regression, “baby” items such as pacifiers, plushies, etc.? Or did you begin as and Adult Baby (AB) and have found that you have lost interest in the “babyish” things?

Let us know your story in the comments below. We would love to share it with the ABDLcast audience.

ABDL Audio Fun

What would an episode of the ABDLcast be without Story Time, Toddy’s Diaper Time, Music, Chat? Plus we have some news about ABUniverse and more – including the end to the search for the perfect diaper. Hint: Northshore Supreme Brief, anyone?

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00:00 – Welcome/Updates
03:20 – Listener Feedback
18:15 – Discussion: Diapers With Or Without Prints
30:50 – Story Time
32:30 – Toddy’s Diaper Time
38:50 – News and Views
42:20 – Toddy and Sammy Wrap Up

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Are Plushies An Adult Baby’s Favorite Thing Other Than Diapers?

We surveyed ABDL’s about the importance of their plashies and were amazed by the response. Adult Baby’s seem to overwhelmingly love their soft and cuddly stuffed friends. Listen to this episode of the ABDLcast to hear just how much.

My Favorite Things

This image shows vintage plushies and stuffed animals for ABDL's and Adult Babies.As we prepared for this show that old Sound Of Music tune kept going through my head, but I changed it to “Diapers, and plushies, and a nice, soft blankie…” I know it doesn’t rhyme too well, but I can make it work just fine :)

This topic has been brewing for quiet a while, and we’ve had many requests to talk about it on the show. We went to the ABDL subreddit on reddit.com as well as the Daily Diapers forum and posed a series of questions to get your thoughts. They were as follows:

  • Do you have any plushies?
  • Tell us about your favorite one
  • Why are they important to you?
  • What do you do with your plushie?
  • Is there something other than plushies that you just have to have?

Diapers And Plushies Are Fun

The answers were awesome! You simply must click the links above and read all of them to get an even fuller understanding of how Adult Baby’s (I’m assuming most of the responses were from those identifying more heavily on the AB side of the ABDL spectrum) feel about their plushies. But some of the highlights include:

My favorite is Dr. Quackers. My wife got him for me for the car ride home from the emergency room after I broke my ankle last winter. He’s since become a permanent member of the bed-sitters. – Mattykinss via reddit

I think that my plushies make me feel really small and secure when I crawl into my bed. I LOVE soft things… – Dapperkun via reddit

[W]hen you hold a plushie, you’re holding a piece of yourself. The piece of yourself that needs to be held. – WakkoWannaBe via DailyDiapers

I love plushies because they’re soft and cuddly and that’s how I indulge my AB side a bit.  – Cute_Kitten via DailyDiapers

QUESTIONS: What items do you need to help you feel little? Are they the things that you had when you were little, or did you develop an affinity later in life?

What Diaper Is That

We also give an update on what diapers Toddy has been wearing – including a diaper that has had tape issues 3 times in a row (!!), and the diaper to beat: the Dry 24/7. Plus a ton of listener feedback, updates, fun, and of course Story Time! All that and much more on this episode of the ABDLcast – a podcast for adults who just like diapers :)

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00:00 – Welcome/Updates
04:00 – Listener Feedback
28:20 – Discussion: Plushies And Other Favorite Things
50:05 – Story Time
52:20 – What Diaper Is That?/News/Erratic
59:05 – Wrap-Up

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Today I Chose The Diaper

Sometimes the life of this ABDL is filled with hard choices: Should I wear a diaper this morning, or not? Should I record an episode of the ABDLcast podcast, or not? Should I wear a diaper and podcast? Today I chose the diaper.

This image shows an Abena M4 and Abena L4 plastic back adult diaper.

Don’t Podcast Mad; Just Podcast Away

The ABDLcast has always received a good amount of feedback. Every episode has generated multiple comments, tweets, email, forum interactions – except for the last one, I Want To Wear Diapers Too. Sammy and I can’t figure out why, but not a single person was moved to provide feedback or answer any of the questions we posed. And there are a lot of people visiting this website. It must have been a bad episode.

Needless to say that kept me from recording last week. I just wanted the time to reevaluate the show. That many visits to the website with no interaction is a bad sign. But I ended up with a story out of it! I came to the studio wearing a diaper sample that I was initially very excited about (talked about it on a past episode) and left with the worst diaper malfunction I’ve had. I’ll talk about it on an upcoming show (maybe).

I Chose The Diaper

I had intended to record a show this morning, but woke up a little peeved and thought that it would negatively affect the show. One should never podcast about the joys of diapers when mad; it makes for a bad show. I decided that trying an Abena L4 – a diaper so cartoonishly large on me that I’ve mentioned it at least once… or twice on the ABDLcast – may put me in brighter spirits. After all, Sammy and I have the next episode outlined and ready to record. But alas! I enjoyed the ginormous Abena L4 so much that I chose the diaper over the podcast today :)

Wanna Help Sammy And I?

Here is where you, the audience, come it. All you have to do is answer this simple question:

What is the worst diaper malfunction you have experienced?

Have you had a tape pop off? Two tapes? All of the tapes? How about that dreaded split up the back that some have complained about? Have you received diapers with pin-holes in them? Did they leak all over?

That’s a lot of questions! Let us know in the comments below and maybe we’ll use some on an upcoming episode. While you’re at it let us know why you didn’t like the last episode – unless you’re one of those that hate the voice. That isn’t changing, so it does no good to complain about it. We explained it all on the first episode ;)

Hopefully Sammy and I will talk to you soon!

Talking About Diapers And ABDL

In this giant episode of the ABDLcast we talk about how hard it is to talk about diapers with our significant others, what year is it in your “little space,” and a bunch of listener feedback.

What Decade Do You Role-play In

We found a fun poll on the ADISC.org forum asking what decade we role-play in. While Toddy doesn’t consider himself as a ‘role-player’ (he admits to not even knowing how), there are bigger things that the question points to. Basically: What year is it in your ‘Little-space?’ Let’s talk about that, and give us your feedback.

This image is a vintage talc powder ad showing a man wearing an adult cloth diaper.

How Difficult Is It To Talk About Diapers

Toddy started a thread on the  DailyDiapers.com forum asking abdl’s if they find it difficult to talk with loved-ones about their diapers wearing and abdl proclivities. The answers ran along the entire spectrum! All the way from the shame that minachan16 expressed when when she wrote,

There’s a shame to it that I can’t seem to shake

And it reached to the other Love me, love my dog attitude best expressed by DLdapper when he wrote,

It’s part of who I am, and I am always me, so the world is just gonna have to deal with it.

However, like most things in life, the living takes place somewhere in the middle. And we get some more thoughts that you just must hear.

QUESTION: Where do you fall in the scale regarding talking about diapers? Let us know in the comments below.

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