If you’ve already dressed your adult baby in his crinkly thick diaper then why would you need to use plastic pants as well? With a cloth diapes plastic pants are essential of course, but why would a daddy use them over disposables? And is there a reason for babyish prints on his plastic pants?
The other day I ran across my supplies of plastic pants and diaper covers and I started wondering whether they can be a needless ‘doubling up’ when a daddy dresses his little boy and how there really are times when a plastic pant or diaper cover might be more ‘form than function’.
Plastic Pants and the Disposable
Consider the boy who you dress in a disposable diaper: it’s the weekend, and you have a dedicated few days with your ‘son’. You’re going to stay home and watch movies, play with toys and give your little guy all of your care and attention.
Now – he might also wear diapers during the week and have ‘baby time’ with his daddy – but the weekends still feel special, like it’s the ultimately safe space for him to express the little boy or baby inside.
He’s happily sucking on his pacifier as you diaper him, and you sense in his relaxed muscles that he is feeling very ‘little’. Maybe you use a stuffer inside his diaper for extra protection and a nice thick feeling between his legs. With the smells of powder and lotion in the air, you snugly tape up his diaper.
Now, even though his diaper will give him plenty of protection (and with daddy checking his diaper regularly there are far less risks of leaks) it can still be a good idea to grab a pair of plastic pants.
As you slip them over his legs and pull them up over his diaper, you’re may not be giving him extra protection, but you’re giving him other less tangible benefits.
Crinkles, Patterns and a Happy Daddy
For the daddy to an adult baby, you’re not just making sure your little guy has “protection” – you’re creating the conditions so that he feels safe to be under your care and to express the little side of himself.
By putting him into an extra layer of protection it’s like you’re telling him that today he deserves special care and attention, and that daddy will be there with him throughout the day.
Depending on the pattern, the plastic pants or diaper cover can give him the reassurance of being able to “act his age” – the fluffy clouds or duckys can help to reassure him that he really is a baby boy.
Plastic pants can also add an extra ‘crinkle’ to his step depending on the material. As a daddy, I like to hear that reassuring rustle sound as my little guy moves around.
Plastic pants and diaper covers can also mean, however, that it’s not as easy to see if your little guy needs to be changed. There can be something nice about letting your little one run around in just a diaper, knowing that when he wets you can see that he needs changed and that he knows you can tell from the changed pattern on the diaper.
So in his plastic pants or diaper cover, you’ll need to check your little guy’s diaper more often. But as he senses you slip your finger along his legs to check if he needs changed, your adult baby boy will also feel the rustle of his plastic pants and the band along his legs, the crinkle of his diapers and the snug padding, and his daddy’s love and attention and will know that he’s safe and secure in being daddy’s little boy.