Dry 24/7: Too much of a good thing?
Well, I got my bag of Dry 24/7 diapers in yesterday. My first impression of them, just taking one out of the bag, is that they're big. Not just thick, but the padding is very wide, particularly in the crotch. The outer shell is plastic, not the "cloth" material so many diapers use these days, and it feels thicker than most. I know there are proponents of both plastic and "cloth" out there, but I don't have strong feelings one way or the other. I will say, though, that these are not a quiet diaper. They're not the noisiest out there either, but they're not "sonically discreet."Opening up the diaper, you can see that they're a full-coverage brief, with what looks like it will be a full rise in the front and rear--good for a nighttime diaper. But the moment you put the diaper on, it's clear that a lot of that length is eaten up by the thick padding, so the rise isn't quite as high as you expect. The second thing you notice is that there is no way you could practically wear these out in public, at least under pants. They're just way too thick, and that's when they're dry. The reports that these can hold a lot are not exaggerated. The Tena Super Stretch diapers I use most of the time will hold two and sometimes even three daytime wettings, but will leak if you flood them right out of bed in the morning. The Dry 24/7, on the other hand, took that first morning wetting and laughed. You know how you can tell when a diaper is reaching its capacity by the feel? The squishiness, for lack of a better term? These remained firm. I went about my morning, having a couple large mugs of coffee, and the diaper continued to do its thing, taking more and more, and swelling more and more. And this, the diaper's greatest strength, is also its greatest weakness. It is possible, I suppose, to create a diaper so thick and so thirsty that it could literally last all day. But such a diaper would be completely impractical, as it would end up weighing several pounds and become obvious and unwieldy. Such is the case with the 24/7. It holds a lot, but it's actually too capacious to be practical in most cases. They're fine for those times when the bulk isn't an issue, and you won't be able to change for loooong periods of time, but for most times, and for most people, these are not a practical choice. Got questions? Ask away! -RMS