ABDLs - A Growing Community of Adults Who Love Diapers

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Curious about adults who love wearing diapers — even if they don’t strictly need them or use them for incontinence? Discover more about this growing community, including the different groups and the types of diapers and activities they prefer. 

What Is ABDL? 

ABDL stands for Adult Baby/Diaper Lover, two separate subgroups of a growing community. While it’s difficult to get an exact number on the size of this community, online discussions and forums indicate it’s growing all the time, particularly as increased education on the topic reduces misunderstandings and assumptions.

Who Are ABDLs?

AB stands for Adult Babies. These are adults who enjoy acting like infants. They may wear baby clothing and diapers and perform other baby activities, such as feeding from a bottle or using a pacifier. 

DL stands for Diaper Lovers. These adults may not be as interested in role-playing as a baby —instead, they prefer wearing diapers over regular underwear. Adult diaper lovers may have first started using diapers while managing urinary or bowel incontinence and simply grew to admire the look and feel of them.

What Types of Diapers Do ABDLs Like?

Often many ABs like super absorbent, loud or “crinkly” adult diapers with tabs. Poly backing is the preferred backsheet for this community. ABDL diapers are bulky, preferably with charming prints or designs. Stars, stuffed animals and superheroes are common on these diapers. 

ABs also like onesies, pacifiers, bottles and other accessories that help them feel like a baby. DLs are open to a variety of diaper styles, especially the tab-style briefs with cloth-like backsheets.

There is no one reason why individuals claim their identity as an ABDL, but many like the emotional feeling they get from wearing diapers and imitating a baby. This can include diaper changing for ABDLs with adult baby wipes and powders. For some, the texture of diapers makes them feel safe and secure.

The community is active online, but is slowly becoming more face to face. ABDL sites such as Reddit, Adisc and Daily Diapers are some of the most popular online sites where members of the community can virtually meet interact. The forums are hubs for diaper reviews, photos and discussion of where to find recommended accessories. ABDLs can also meet people on social networking sites like Twitter. 


What Are Some Great ABDL Diapers?

NorthShore carries Crinklz diapers that come in astronaut, aquanaut and original prints. The extra-thick padding, playful designs and reasonable price make them a popular choice of printed adult diapers in the ABDL community. Pretend Again, a company founded and operated by ABDLs and Diaperfurs/Babyfurs, lists NorthShore as a trusted company in the article, “Top 8 Adult Diaper ‘Transaction-Trusted’ ABDL Companies in 2021.”

We also carry poly-backed diapers. The NorthShore Supreme Briefs are one of the most absorbent, poly-backed tab-style brief. This is a highly absorbent brief that is extra thick and noisy. Supreme tab-style briefs are avaialble in white, green, blue and purple.

NorthShore Supreme Briefs in white, blue, green and purple
NorthShore Supreme Brief Color Collection

The most absorbent adult diaper offered by NorthShore is MEGAMAX. As the name implies, these tab-style briefs provide up to 12 hours of massive capacity. Sleep through the night without worrying about leaks with total lockdown protection. Customers say they the large tabs on both sides make them feel secure. 

MEGAMAX tab-style briefs

If you prefer more bulk, consider using a Booster Pad inside an absorbent undergarment like a brief with tabs or protective underwear.


NorthShore Booster Pad

Feel Confident Every Day!

Whether you use a diaper for your AB lifestyle or your DL lifestyle, you’re part of a large, friendly community of like-minded people.

Visit our ABDL Store to see recommended products and supplies or call (800) 563-0161 for personalized recommendations and assistance.


Products Featured in this Article

Crinklz Tab-Style Briefs Adult Printed Diapers

Starting At: $35.50 FSA/HSA Eligible

NorthShore MEGAMAX Tab-Style Briefs
Top Seller
Maximum Absorbency

Starting At: $29.25 FSA/HSA Eligible

NorthShore Supreme Tab-Style Briefs

Starting At: $34.50 FSA/HSA Eligible

NorthShore EternaDry Booster Pads Diaper Doublers
Top Seller

Starting At: $12.50 FSA/HSA Eligible