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News for and About Big Babies

(added 7/7/03)

The Diaper Dilema

When you think about technology, images of computers and high tech equipment usually come to mind; however, technology can also be very simple-such as in the design of a disposable diaper. This is an investigation into the components and competition in the business of disposable diapers.

The competition to sell diapers (in the United States and around the world) pits the Procter and Gamble Company of Cincinnati, who entered the diaper market in 1960, against the Dallas-based Kimberly-Clark Corporation.

As of May 25th of this year, Kimberly- Clark's, Huggies is the leading US brand with a 41.4 percent market share. Proctor and Gamble is number 2 in the category with a 37.2 percent share for its Pampers and Luvs brands. Pampers has a 24.8 percent share and Luvs a 12.4 percent share. Luvs has been repositioned and is now Proctor and Gamble's fastest growing brand in North America. Other brands have a 5.2 percent share while private labels have a 16.2 percent share.

Ninety-five percent of parents with young kids who buy disposable diapers may have noticed that the features of the leading brands seem to change as often as they stock up on a new supply. A few years back a particular brand might be "tweaked" every 18 months. Today because of flat consumer demand and fierce competition in this $3.6 billion industry, it's every six to eight months.

In "his" and "her" diapers, testing showed there really was no difference and now unisex diapers are back. Biodegradability has also been discovered to be just hype. Other changes appear to be a way to justify price hikes. For example, why would Kimberly-Clark plan to add 15% more special absorbent material to their top of the line Huggies Supreme and a 5% increase in price when the tests show that the old Huggies Supreme already absorbed far more liquid than would likely be necessary.

The most important measure of a diaper's performance is how well it prevents leaks. "You don't want to have babies leaking on their clothes, blankets, and sheets," says Pat Jackson, a teacher at a day care center. Like her and many others they want an excellent diaper that must be able to absorb lots of liquid and quickly "lock it up."

After performance, a diaper's features are also a consideration. According to Consumer Reports, you have three choices: Basic diapers are thicker and bulkier than other types and the least preferred by parents. Ultrathins, ( or Ultratrims) the most popular type, are made with a material that provides the same or better absorbency as other diapers. Huggies Ultratrim and Dri-bottoms Ultrathin did a better job of stopping leaks. Supreme (or premium) diapers are generally more expensive than ultrathins and more likely to have clothlike covers and Velcro or similar fasteners.

One of the aids in making a better disposable diaper comes in the form of crystals and gels. These form a superabsorbent material that assists in drawing wetness away from the baby's skin. This superabsorbent material is also known as polyacrylate absorbent. This belongs to a family of polymers that have extraordinary absorbency. Safety tests have shown that even if the gel gets in touch with the skin or perhaps eaten by a child out of curiosity, safety standards are maintained by the product in that no harm comes to the child.
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Disposable Diapers Linked to Inferility

"Disposable diapers linked to infertility" proclaimed USA Today earlier this week. "Diapers may harm testes: study" headlined the Chicago Sun-Times. "Do disposable diapers harm boys?" asked the Deseret News. Is it time to dispose of disposables?

Should we dispose of disposable diapers, or the scientific study critical of them?No - unless you plan to substitute the diapers with the flawed scientific study underlying those news reports.

German researchers monitored the scrotal temperatures of 48 boys, ages birth to 4 years and 7 months, using a non-invasive thermal probe. They reported that scrotal temperatures of boys wearing plastic-lined, disposable diapers were about 2 degrees Fahrenheit higher than scrotal temperatures among boys who wore cotton diapers. Because 2- to 6-degree increases in scrotal temperatures affect sperm development and motility in adults, the researchers hypothesize that infant boys who wear disposable diapers might have fertility problems later in life. And to give their findings currency, the researchers assert that "Male reproductive health has deteriorated in recent decades," coinciding with the use of disposable diapers. The study appears in the October issue of the Archives of Disease in Childhood.

Serious questions exist about the study's methodology. But the truly flaky claims are the assertion that male fertility is on the decline and that disposable diapers have played a role in the decline. As to the study, even assuming the temperature measurements are correct, the researchers acknowledge that no one knows what scrotal temperatures in children normally are; much less do they know how infant scrotal temperatures affect adult fertility, if at all. These data gaps alone should have prevented the researchers from jumping to any conclusions.

The researchers inexplicably passed up the opportunity to explore "normal" scrotal temperature as they only measured temperatures in children wearing disposable diapers and cotton diapers. There were no "buck-naked" controls. The test also didn't reflect real-world use of cotton diapers that are typically worn with plastic pants to prevent leakage, according to the Personal Absorbent Products Council, a business group.

The temperature probes were designed for adults, not babies. Infant testicles are small in comparison with the scrotum. So the probes may not have measured testicular temperatures, according to Professor Eberhard Nieschlag of Muenster University in Germany. Temperature data were measured over two 24-hour periods for each infant. But the measurements were not made under controlled settings. Each infant was under the care of his mother in his own home. Temperature data was collected from the 48 infants over a period of one year, excluding July and August. There was no consideration of variability due to indoor or outdoor environment, or infant handling.

Finally with respect to the study, though higher temperatures are known to reduce sperm count in adults, the effect is reversible. And infants won't be making sperm until puberty starts anyway - probably 10 years after the diaper-wearing phase.

"This poorly done study raises a question based on information that is irrelevant, uses techniques that are not adapted to infants and children and reaches conclusions that are unfounded, " says pediatrician and UCLA clinical professor Dr. Lorraine Stern. The real mess in this diaper study, though, is the exploitation of the unproven claims that sperm counts have declined over the last several decades. "Study Points to Global Sperm Count Reduction," proclaimed the Associated Press in September 1992. Danish researcher Neils Skakkebaek claimed to have identified a 42 percent decline in mean sperm density and a 19 percent decline in seminal volume among 14,947 men studied in 61 papers published from 1938 to 1991. Skakkebaek's study started a furious debate over male fertility. The most publicized allegation is that exposures to manmade chemicals in the environment caused the supposed decline in sperm counts. In the diaper study and the related media reports, the German researchers cite claims over male infertility as if the controversy itself constituted some sort of proof. They cite studies that seem to support their contention without any balancing information.

The opening sentence of the study reads, "It has been suggested that male reproductive health has deteriorated during the last two to three decades." This sentence is followed by a presumptuous non sequitur: "several studies have shown that the quality of human semen has declined." Texas A&M University research Stephen Safe says, "Results of recent studies show that there are large demographic variations in sperm counts within countries or regions, and analyses of North American data show that sperm counts have not decreased over the last 60 years." Fertility experts recently stated in the International Journal of Andrology, "To show that male fertility is declining is not simple. Few men volunteer and recruitment bias may lead to over-representation of the subfertile. Semen analysis has errors arising from counting and poorly standardized criteria." In other words, conclusions may be hastily drawn from data of questionable quality. Sperm count claims cannot be easily disproved because of a lack of data and subtlety of effect. Perhaps that why they make the perfect allegation for opportunistic alarmists.

Swam Moss Diapers

May Knight-Ridder News Service dispatch reported that Chile has covered for its lagging copper business with such dynamic exports as disposable diapers made from swamp moss and aftershave lotion made from snail slime

Multiple uses have been discovered for Sphagnum Moss. So many in fact, that it has come to be called the new "green gold." The moss grows in marshes and its most significant quality is that it absorbs 20 times its weight in water. In addition, it neutralizes strong odors such as ammonia, it is antiseptic and 20 tons of the moss can be produced in one hectare.

The latest innovation is its use in the manufacture of disposable diapers, a project that meant an investment of 50 million dollars. It is also used in the cultivation of fine flowers, especially bromeliads and orchids, in hydroponic crops, as mushroom cover and in the mining industry for the decanting and purifying of calcified water. Currently in Chile there are 205,000 acres devoted to the cultivation of Sphagnum Moss and it is being exported to Asia, Europe and the United States.

http://www.segegob.cl/secc/dpi/rev1-99/exports.html


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Hazardous Huggies

In May, a toxic spill team from the Washington state Department of Ecology determined that a mysterious mound of greenish goo near the town of Toutle -- which had baffled, alarmed and sickened investigators for three months -- was merely a rotting pile of disposable diapers.

Fire-resistant

In April, Jupiter, Fla., firefighter John Bartlett began selling a gel (basically, absorbent polymers) whose fire-resistant properties he first noticed in disposable diapers that he found intact in the midst of charred rubble. He sells all he can make, at $85 a gallon.


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'Big Bonnet'

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. - Police have arrested a 50-year-old man they believe to be "The Big Bonnet" - a serial exhibitionist who dresses in a big baby bonnet and exposes himself to residents. 

The arrest came after an officer noticed a man wearing an oversized baby bonnet and bib walking in Centennial Park. He was nude from the chest down and sucking on a baby bottle, according to a police report. 

The man was arrested after a chase Thursday morning. He was released on $1,000 bond pending arraignment on three counts of public indecency. 

"The Big Bonnet," as dubbed by police, first appeared last summer. During a chase by
police, the man dropped several articles including an adult-sized baby bonnet, a pink sock, a jug of milk, adult diapers, safety pins and a spanking board. The police were not able to catch him. 

The last sighting was in October when a surprised resident spotted him at a park bench paddling himself. 
http://www.examiner.com/000616/0616bonn

Sweet Aby??

Maryland State Police were on the lookout for a man wearing a disposable diaper and a T-shirt and reportedly driving a sports car with a back-seat filled with cans of whipped cream after reports that he had been seen crossing over the state line from Pennsylvania. It was his third reported excursion into Maryland that year. 
http://www.hamline.edu/~mhotujec/text/wierd_news

Diaper Pail Friend

A Wisconsin man is under investigation for enticing two teenage girls to wear diapers.
According to police reports, the man showed the girls two internet sites for "Diaper Pail Friends." "Being a Diaper Pail Friend - in and of itself-there's nothing wrong with that," said New London Police Chief Dave Neumann. "But when you try to entice a minor to do this, that's when it becomes a crime..." unless your friend is under two years old, then it's perfectly all right...
http://home.pinehurst.net/mule/comic2.htm

Pampers Rash Guard

In another change to its "Pampers" line, P&G launched "Pampers Rash Guard." The new diaper-which is now available nationally in stores-is designed to promote healthy skin through the treatment and prevention of diaper rash. The diaper's formulation, which includes a hypoallergenic skin protectant that transfers lotion to the wearer's skin, was patented by P&G last year. The protectant is applied to the topsheet and leg cuff areas, is continuously transferred to the skin with each diaper change and is activated by body heat and movement. According to P&G, approximately two thirds of all babies experience some form of diaper rash on a monthly basis and one third of all parents consider their infants to be frequent rash sufferers. Concurrent with the introduction of Pampers Rash Guard baby diapers, P&G launched reformulated "Pampers Rash Care" wipes, which are also designed to treat and prevent diaper rash.

Baby Binki

In November, Lance A. Binkowski, 20, was charged with reckless endangering in Brookfield, Wis., when he ran from police. Officers had been called after Binkowski had pounded on the back door of a day-care center while dressed in a large sleeper with built-in feet, with a pacifier in his mouth and clutching a teddy bear and a diaper bag. According to the police chief, Binkowski intended no harm to the children but "had his own personal reasons" for being there.

Hush-a-Bye Baby Club

1994 -- The London Independent's weekly magazine reported in November on the Hush-a-Bye Baby Club in southern England, whose adult male members dress as female infants and refer to themselves as "Baby Michelle," "Baby Cathy," etc. "Mummy Clare" runs the club, charging about $110 a night ($140 for non-members), which includes baby food, bottled milk and diaper service. Spanking is about $7 more.
HUSH-A-BYE BABY CLUB
c/o 43 SOUTH HILL ROAD
GRAVESEND
KENT DA12 1JX
Adult baby club, adult baby clothing catalogues available

Fake poop?

1995 -- In October, The New York Times reported that Kimberly-Clark Corp. had received a patent for chemically realistic, synthetic feces that it regards as crucial for testing diapers and incontinence garments. Technicians had concluded that makeshift substances, such as mashed potatoes, peanut butter and canned pumpkin pie mix were inadequate because they separated into liquids and solids more quickly than feces does.

 

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Recent Testing Proves Huggies Ultratrim Most Absorbant

Diaper wars are going on even as we speak. The persuading of customers to believe that their diaper can hold the most liquids can be a scam. The real truth to see which diaper can hold the most liquid is to test certain brands of diapers.

The diaper brands that were tested in an independent test were Huggies Ultratrim, Luvs, and Pampers. At the conclusion of the research and experiment it was found that the diaper that held the most liquid was the Huggies Ultratrim.


Man Dons Diapers For Sexual Turnon Goes To Jail

ROANOKE, VA.
A Virginia court wants a defendant to stop acting like a baby -- literally. A Roanoke man is asking the judge to release him on probation so he can get help for a diaper fetish. He's pleading guilty to breaking into a neighbor's apartment -- where he was found wearing a diaper and a Tweety Bird bib. Prosecutors say the man told police he derives sexual pleasure from dressing and acting like a baby. The judge has ordered a psychological evaluation. Court records show the man has also been caught wearing diapers after breaking into closed day-care centers.
Associated Press 2002-04-20


Bad trend in diapers

Attends diapers are changing for the worst this year (Smaller and thinner), and several other diaper brands are expected to do the same. Attends have developed a new lining using some chemical crystal that absorbs liquid really well. The material appears like fine sand until wet when each particle expands to about 5-8mm. This material will be used for everything from diapers to oil spills. It is expected to reduce the thickness of things like diapers and womens pads to about one third of what they currently are.

www.diaper.nu 2002-03-03


Liz Hurley sucks to stop smoking.
(actress uses pacifier to stop smoking)

During a recent photography shoot for a cosmetics advertisement on the Caribbean island of St Bartholomew, actress and model Liz Hurley was caught by paparazzi sunbathing topless--and sucking on a baby's pink dummy.

It emerged that the dummy was Ms Hurley's latest method for giving up the half a pack of Marlboro Lights she smokes each day. A spokeswoman for Ms Hurley explained that nicotine patches did not seem to work for her. The idea for the dummy, she said, came from Desmond Morris's book Manwatching, which "equated smoking with a baby's desire to be breast fed."

Mr. Morris was pleased to hear that Ms Hurley had taken his advice: "Only someone like Liz, whom I've never met, could make something like a dummy look chic and trendy. As far as I know she's the only person to have taken up my idea to suck on a dummy to fight the urge to light up."
August 5, 2000
Author: Ron Davis


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Playtex Pacifier Recall

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Playtex Products Inc., of Westport, Conn., is voluntarily recalling about 1.8 million Classic Patterns "Cherubs" and Soft Comfort latex pacifiers. Because the latex is aging faster than normal, the nipple can detach from the shield, presenting a choking hazard to babies.

Playtex has received 21 reports of pacifier nipples detaching from the shields. No injuries have been reported.

Only Classic Patterns "Cherubs" and Soft Comfort latex pacifiers are being recalled. The Classic Patterns pacifiers have the word "Cherubs" embossed in bold block letters on the colored knob of the pacifier shield. The Soft Comfort pacifiers have a soft, butterfly- shaped shield, available with or without a swivel handle. The word "Playtex" is embossed on the pacifier's swivel handle. The pacifiers come in a variety of colors and designs. They were packaged individually or in sets of two

Stores nationwide sold the pacifiers before June 2000 for about $2 to $4, depending on whether it was a single or double pack.

Consumers should stop using the recalled pacifiers immediately and return them directly to Playtex for a free replacement pacifier or a $3 coupon toward the purchase of another Playtex infant feeding or soothing product. Consumers should send the pacifiers to Playtex Pacifiers, Playtex Products Inc., 20 Troy Road, Whippany, NJ 07981. Playtex will reimburse consumers for postage. For more information, call Playtex toll-free at (800) 522-8230 or visit their web site at www.playtexbaby.com/recall.htm.

No other Playtex pacifier is involved in this recall.

Urinary Collection Devices

In Chicago in October, Richard Pergler, 41, was sentenced to 40 months in federal prison for bilking nursing homes and the government out of $4.8 million in Medicare payments for ordinary adult diapers that were passed off as medically sophisticated "external urinary collection devices."

Sweet dreams

Sweet dreams The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce recently lauded the waste-management practice of the Crib Diaper Service of Plymouth, Minn., in capturing and donating the lint gathered from laundering 250,000 diapers per week to a casket manufacturer to use in stuffing casket pillows, which saves the diaper service $3,000 a year

Team Logo Diapers

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) -- Showing your school spirit is a practice that's going down the toilet -- literally.

Oklahoma State University on Wednesday unveiled its newest officially licensed product -- Super Fan-nies. The brainchild of Steve Pankow, Super Fan-nies are disposable diapers adorned with team logos.

OSU and the University of Oklahoma are among the initial 10 universities to sign on with Pankow's company, Associated Hygienic Products LLC, which manufactures private-label diapers for major retailers.

"I've been selling diapers for a long, long time," Pankow said. "I've never seen people have so much fun with them."

Pankow said he came up with the idea seven years ago. Many colleges and universities already license such items as toilet seats and credit cards bearing the school's logo.

"College sports are kind of a family thing. I got to thinking about families, kids, education -- it all seemed to tie together," Pankow said.

Dirty Diaper Theif

In November, the St. Thomas Day Nursery in St. Thomas, Ontario, was burglarized for at least the fourth time in five months by someone stealing only dirty disposable diapers. The culprit broke a lock in an outside garbage bin and took only garbage bags containing the diapers. [Sault Star-CP-AP, 7-22-93]

Personalized Orthodontic Pacifier

The Sweet Memories personalized orthodontic pacifier. Its unique design carries the child's name permanently engraved. The Sweet Memories pacifier will become a treasured keepsake of those precious first years. It even helps prevent accidental exchange with other children "What a wonderful gift! A Personalized Pacifier with the child's name on it !"

  • Available in Baby Pink or Baby Blue
  • Permanent Molded color
  • Sturdy Construction
  • Unique ring design to fit pacifier retriever
  • Meets C.P.S.C Requirements

Information about Sweet Memories Personaized Pacifiers

 

Diaper Saves Live?

In April in Houston, Tex., Robert Perry Russell, Jr., 44, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for sexual assault and diapering of a 14-year-old boy, but police say the number of victims may have been as many as 10. According to police, Russell liked to take boys out in a boat, tell them a tale about a headless killer seeking to rescue a toddler from the dangerous lake and who kills all other people, and suggest that putting on the diapers he happens to have with him would be a good way, should the killer appear, of convincing him of his toddler status.


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Diaper Duty

In New Mexico, it was a different kind of diaper duty at the Navajo Dam last week. A clean-up crew used throwaway diapers to soak up a 50-gallon spill of hydraulic fluid, thereby preventing much of it from flowing into the San Juan River .

Shocking Diaper

Jill Furlough, 31, of Lakenheath, England, told the London Daily Telegraph in April that she had been frightened by the green sparks flying out of her year-old son Joshua's Kimberly Clark disposable diaper. Scientists contacted by the newspaper said it was triboluminescence, a buildup of energy similar to static electricity.


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Depend's have Changed their Diapers!

Depend diapers have been modified to meet the needs of their adult market. They have changed their traditional "hospital green" to a baby diaper white and are offering an overnight diaper in the large size. In addition, internal barriers have been added to help prevent leaks and "accidents". They have retained their high back and comfortable elastic waist and leg bands, making this diaper one of the best diapers for the AB market. The overnight version, while only twenty percent thicker, does offer marginally more absorbency than their regular diaper. The aroma has a pleasing mild powder scent to it, but is not as aromatic and full of vanilla as regular baby powder. In tests by an AB with moderate wetting, they didn't leak, nor did a heavy flow of diarrhea leak. Our resident diaper tester gives this product five out of six stars.

Spontaneous Combustion Diaper

A soiled diaper, in a plastic bag left in a 100-degree sun for three days, combusted,
setting afire the walls of two apartments, causing $3,000 damage
(Ennis, Texas).

Buffaloed Babysitter

A man in Buffalo, NY was arrested after a complaint by a women who had answered the man's baby-sitting ad. When she arrived, the man told her that the baby was...himself. The man handed the woman a typewritten sheet of instructions on how to change his diaper. Police say they found other copies of the instructions in the man's car, along with a large diaper. The suspect told investigators he thought the baby-sitting ad was "a great way to  meet women."
http://www.tdo.com/local/tpd/

Army Baby

A 22-year-old man, discharged from the U.S. Army on Aug. 3, showed up at a day-care
center in Escondido, on Aug. 6, wearing a wet diaper under his jeans and a note pinned to his shirt stating that he was retarded and asking that someone change the diaper. At first, center personnel took the note at face value, but they called police when they noticed that the man had become aroused by the diaper change. 
http://www.cerias.purdue.edu/homes/spaf/Yucks

Dr. Diaper

A 31 year old man turned himself in to Anchorage, Alaska, police in January claiming to
be the fugitive "Dr Diaper," who has been appearing at local day care centers in diapers and trying to get them to take him in.

Two years before, Dr Diaper contracted with a baby sitter by phone, claiming to be the parent of an 18 year old boy who had the mentality of a toddler, needed to be changed and fed, and whose bad habits (Masturbating in public) should be ignored. When the sitter arrived, the giant baby was Dr Diaper himself.

On another occasion, a prospective baby sitter said Dr Diaper had come to her door once carrying his own 3 year old son because he could not find a real baby sitter for the boy while he went out on his escapade
http://www.b0g.org/053.shtml

Smart Diaper

One recent highlight at Etech, Norwalk, CT, is the debut of a wireless version of its "Smart Diaper" technology. Designed for newborns and adult incontinence applications, the additional feature will allow the monitoring of diaper wetness through a remote receiver, similar to a one-way intercom. The Smart Diaper technology is designed to offer a functional, commercially viable and user-friendly means of using sensing technology in diapers. Etech currently offers Smart Diaper products in the following categories: "WeeTell" for newborns and infants, "WeeTrain" for potty training, "WeeStop" for bed wetting and "WetSense" for adult incontinence applications.

Babies, Babies Everywhere

1993 -- Recently, there have been several reports of grown men appearing in public wearing diapers and little else. Richard L. Beay, 26, was arrested in January in West Allis, Wis., after he asked a female high school student if she would change him. Danny R. Owens, 44, was released by police in Williamsburg, Ky., in February and told to scram back home to Knoxville, Tenn. after reports in three states identified him as a recidivist. And a 52-year-old man was stopped by police in Contoocook, N.H., in March after being found in a parking lot wearing only a T-shirt and a disposable diaper (with duck designs on it).

Diaper Bandit

1993 -- In July, a Jackson Center, Pa., woman reported that someone used a ladder to climb into the second story of her home and that apparently all that was missing was $10 worth of diapers, despite the presence of jewelry and antiques in the same room as the diapers.