reprinted with permission from the author.
I’ve seen the topic come up many times about defects with some disposable diapers. Often the discussion revolves around the diaper tapes either comming loose, being defective or being so old they no longer stick. Often people say their solution for loose or defective tapes is to use packing tape or even duct tape to keep their diaper on tight. Yes, it works, but how does it look? Especially for those who are AB and are looking for that baby effect. Then you have to always have a roll of packing or duct tape handy just in case, and there is the cost of always buying tape.
I have a different solution that probably a lot of younger members who were always raised in disposables as babies and toddlers may not even think about. Diaper pins. Very simple, easy to use, a one time investment and they don’t take up much room at all! They work excellent for me when I have a tape that pops off or just won’t stick. They work equally as well if the tape comes off from the back of the diaper where it’s attached by the manufacturer. I once bought a package of Tranquility ATN’s that had defective tapes. Everytime I pulled the back of the diaper around to tape it in front, the tapes pulled off from the back leaving me with a diaper that had no tapes at all.
Here is how I do it that works the best for me. I am right handed, so on the right side of my diaper I tape the diaper on as usual, but knowing the tape will probably pop off, I put a diaper pin in the back part of the tape, meaning through the tape and diaper where the tape has been attached to the back of the diaper by the manufacturer. The pin goes through the tape, through the diaper, then forward and out through the front panel of the diaper and through the front of the tape, the part that you would attach to the front panel.
On the left side I basically do the same except that I start by putting the pin through the front part of the tape, the part I would stick to my diaper. The pin goes through the tape and diaper, then when I push the pin back through it comes out through the back of the diaper through the tape where it has been attached by the manufacturer. Hence, the pins on the right side of my diaper have the heads facing frontwards, and on the left side they face towards the rear. It’s just easier for me to do it that way, but you could do the left side the same as the right, facing the pins forwrds instead.
By putting the pins through the actual tapes themselves, it does two things. Helps make sure you are pinning your diaper on in the proper way as the tapes are already there showing you where the diaper should attach, and more importantly, since disposables are made with plactic or cloth like backing but are still easy to tear, the tapes add all the strength you will need so they don’t tear loose from the pins going through your diaper. Plus you have the added satisfaction that your diaper looks better with actual diaper pins instead of ugly duct tape!
Picture 1 shows the right side enhanced for better visibility of the tapes and diaper pins.
Picture 2 shows the right side not enhanced and natural looking.
Picture 3 is the left side enhanced for better visibility (notice the pin heads facing to the back).
Picture 4 is the left side of my diaper not enhanced.
- Diaper tapes from ABDLFactory (myabdllife.com)
- 5 Tips to Make Cloth Diapering Easier Than It Looks (everydayfamily.com)