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.

Sometimes an ABDL lifestyle is seen as taboo, but with the increasing education and online forums, ABDLs are finding more support. This support helps them feel more confident about sharing who they are with others, which further reduces stigma.  

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 ABDL's 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 the 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’s Crinklz in their article, “Top 8 Adult Diaper ‘Transaction-Trusted’ ABDL Companies in 2021.”

   Crinklz diapers in the astronaut, aquanaut and original prints

We also carry poly-backed diapers. The NorthShore Supreme Briefs are one of the most absorbent, poly-backed tab-style brief. This is our most absorbent overnight brief that is extra thick and noisy. If you prefer more bulk then you can also use a NorthShore booster pad inside the brief. They come in white, green, blue and purple.

NorthShore Supreme Briefs in white, blue, green and purple

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. Feel confident sharing who you are.

Make sure to visit our selection of diapers for the ABDL community, or call (800) 563-0161 for assistance. We’re sure you’ll find something you’ll like. 


Crinklz Tab-Style Briefs Adult Printed Diapers

Starting At: $29.99 FSA/HSA Eligible

NorthShore MEGAMAX Tab-Style Briefs
New Colors
Maximum Absorbency

Starting At: $25.99 FSA/HSA Eligible

NorthShore Supreme Tab-Style Briefs
Top Seller

Starting At: $24.99 FSA/HSA Eligible