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Cloth Diapers And Plastic Pants For Me!

I wore cloth diapers with plastic ( usually called rubber pants ) pants over them often. This was in the mid to late forties.I was a bedwetter up through my teens and continued wearing them as it was better than waking up to a soaked bed. Ironically, I need them now, but also like them because it reminds me of the security of my early childhood. I generally wear a gauze or birdseye diaper covered by vinyl pull-up or snap-on ( popper to you in the UK ) panty during the day. At night, I need the added protection of a double cloth diaper covered with pull-up plastic pants one size larger than the daytime plastic panty. I prefer the translucent cloudy or frosty "white" plastic pants. I use three inch diaper safety pins with the regular smaller baby diaper pins near the leg openings. I prefer the gauze as it doesn't need to be tightened by readjusting the pins periodically during wear. I've made my own diapers from birdseye and cotton gauze material I buy, but often buy the readily available flat or contoured cloth diapers. I've used diapers made of toweling or flannel on occasion. it's the softness of the cotton birdseye and gauze diapers that I find is so soft and comfortable to the touch.
My wife will sometimes pull on my plastic pants at night. She'll pat my diaper enclosed bum afterwards. I do love it when she does this. I'm a lucky man for sure.
petti100 petti100 61-65 20 Responses Oct 22, 2010

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There is so much history out there where each of you have a piece of it. Wouldn't it be great to have a repository of such history so that all who are interested could enjoy reading about it and looking at authentic images. I thank everyone for your fine comments....

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look this site!<br />
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can commanded-(Canada)-more very nice plastic pnt's!!<br />
today i' hold my-(commanded there)-flower's pattern pants!!

In I was born and raised in cloth diapers with plastic pants. I guess maybe that's the reason why I'm always infatuated with cloth diapers and plastic pants. My wife sometimes changes changes my diapers and she washes them. I've always wanted to go to a diaper Party I never had the chance.

The Playtex baby pants song "How Dry I'am" was sung by dummies (puppets), not real babies, and they wore the big, baggy, plastic pants, not rubber ones.

I'll give it another try, Sunsoul. I've located three images with rubber pants from way back.

"no experiences, goals, friends, gifts, gestures, whiteboard messages, tributes, videos, challenges or stories" <br />
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Quite true, choices. As I mentioned, I dislike the kind of dumbing down of communication that site designs like this one promote. Facebook is almost as bad in my opinion. Though I am listed, I have not taken the trouble to even put up a photo. Guess I should do that here. <br />
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No idea why your email would have wandered, petti100. I just reread the email address I posted above and it is correct when @ is substitued for AT and . for DOT. Please give it another go. Maybe you "missed something in translation". Shall look forward to hearing from you, and anyone else in this thread. <br />
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best to all for the new year, sunsoul.

I sent a message to your email and got it back as undeliverable, sunsoul. Any ideas?

Regret I have not heard from you, petti100. I shall be glad to reciprocate should you get in touch.<br />
If you are wondering about my relative non-participation on this site, fact is, I really do not like the way it is set up. I find it commercial and intrusive. Pity, because there are indeed a lot of very interesting and personal experiences here that people share so rarely. Best, sunsoul

Yes, sure, I'd like to have the images. I am at: mskuce AT unixg DOT ubc DOT ca. <br />
If you have any dates, background, etc on the photos that would be good. One thought that did occur to me after I posted this am was that that the product line was likely aimed at fashion conscious mothers who wanted an undiapered look - hence typically used under clothing only. Maybe that's part of the "mystery" solved. There is certainly a dearth of writing on the subject. Most histories I have seen are sketch and not well informed. Best, sunsoul.

I've come across a few images of babies/toddlers in what appears to be Playtex rubber pants. If you provide your email address to me, I'll see if i can locate and forward them. But they are apparently scarce where posted images are concerned.

JDWinGA on Nov 4th, 2010 at 7:19AM wrote"<br />
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"In the early and mid 50s, everyone I knew who needed diapers wore Playtex rubber baby pants, so I had the impression that was what almost everyone wore. "<br />
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Hi, JD - and anyone else who remembers the early fifties. What I find very strange is that, outside of ads, I cannot recall ever seeing a photo of a baby, toddler, whatever, in real life, actually wearing Playtex latex pants. By contrast, there are thousands of vintage photos and family movies where kids are in plastic. When you consider what a big deal Playtex latex pants were, the money spent on advertising, stories like your own, etc. its passing strange that there are no real life images.<br />
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By the way, I also have a pair from I'd say the mid 40s. They are actually synthetic latex. I bought 3 pairs on ebay back some 10 years ago for a song. Sold one, gave a second away to a "museum" and still have the 3rd. They're pre-tube and come folded up in a smal blue and silver box. Still in perfect stretch condition. <br />
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Excellent discussion here, by the way, on the history of rubber pants. Thanks all. And if you have any clue to the mystery of no photos please post.

JDWinGA on Nov 4th, 2010 at 7:19AM wrote"<br />
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"In the early and mid 50s, everyone I knew who needed diapers wore Playtex rubber baby pants, so I had the impression that was what almost everyone wore. "<br />
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Hi, JD - and anyone else who remembers the early fifties. What I find very strange is that, outside of ads, I cannot recall ever seeing a photo of a baby, toddler, whatever, in real life, actually wearing Playtex latex pants. By contrast, there are thousands of vintage photos and family movies where kids are in plastic. When you consider what a big deal Playtex latex pants were, the money spent on advertising, stories like your own, etc. its passing strange that there are no real life images.<br />
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By the way, I also have a pair from I'd say the mid 40s. They are actually synthetic latex. I bought 3 pairs on ebay back some 10 years ago for a song. Sold one, gave a second away to a "museum" and still have the 3rd. They're pre-tube and come folded up in a smal blue and silver box. Still in perfect stretch condition. <br />
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Excellent discussion here, by the way, on the history of rubber pants. Thanks all. And if you have any clue to the mystery of no photos please post.

LOL. That's pretty funny. Wow, those would really be uncomfortable. I wonder if there were dl's back then?

I should do a little research on plastic pants and maybe on diapers too. That's a great idea Choices. I had heard that diapers go back as far as the Egyptians. Egyptian cotton has been well known for many generations. Thanks for the suggestion.

This is what I managed to dig up on Platex rubber pants. Hope you enjoy this.<br />
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Ad For Playtex PlastiKool and Regular Latex rubber baby Pants From the St. Petersberg Times.<br />
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The PlastiKool ad went something like this:<br />
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“ Willson-Chase Makes Life With Baby Easy For Mother”<br />
“New Transparent Extra Light Extra Cool- Playtex PlastiKool Baby Pants”<br />
“Super-sheer companion to the world famous Playtex Baby Pants. Newly developed transparent … the answer to mothers’ search for longer lasting, light, cool, comfortable, yet completely waterproof protection for your baby. No seams or stitches to rip, tear, bind, chafe, or irritate. 10 seconds to (wash) Dainty.. 10 seconds to pat dry! Order according to baby’s weight. In silvery tubes. 79 cents. <br />
Ad contains two images. One of the tube packaging and the other of a standing baby modeling his plastiKool baby pants by holding out the panty waist at his sides.<br />
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The other ad went like this:<br />
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“Now in pink, blue or white, famous Playtex Baby Pants. Keep your baby ‘socially acceptable’. Made with that amazing material, natural creamy liquid latex- no seams or binding stitches- Extra durable Playtex Baby Pants stretch all over for all over comfort. Waterproof. 10 seconds to (wash). Dainty. 10 seconds to pat dry! In pink, blue or white. Order according to baby’s weight. In silvery packages. 69 cents.”<br />
Ad contains two similar images- one of package, and one of modeling baby.<br />
There is an order form at the bottom of the half page ad for these and other Playtex products.<br />
Date on ad not legible. Willson-Chase was a store in St. Petersberg.<br />
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JDWinDA, I assume that the PlastiKool rubber baby pants were the ones that your Mom bought for you. She could have seen an ad similar to this. In any case it seems she wanted the best, which were the PlastiKool, for her baby. Do you remember them being transparent? The pair of regular Playtex baby panties I have are rust colored. So I suspect they were of an earlier version.<br />
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Well, I hope those of you who were brought up in Playtex rubber pants, or wear rubber baby pants now, find this interesting. If you know of others who may have an interest in this, please pass it on to them.<br />
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I was unable to find this link today when I did a google news search for baby pants again.<br />
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Thank you for your continued interest.

JDWinDA, I beleive the baby pants that you are referring to that came packaged in cylinders were Playtex "PlastKool" baby pants. They were introduced after the original Playtex baby pants made of latex rubber. It sounds like the PlastiKool pants were also made from latex. I came across an ad that describes them , as well as the original Playtex pants. I tried to post the ad's desc<x>riptions but my post somehow got "erased" when I tried to send earlier this afternoon. I'll try again.

Petti100, I stand corrected on the use of plastic pants going back to the 40s. Bedwetting and the need for diapers were (and still are) very common in my extended family, and I had cousins in my age range who wore them, as my brothers and I did. In the early and mid 50s, everyone I knew who needed diapers wore Playtex rubber baby panties, so I had the impression that was what almost everyone wore. (You mentioned that you still have a vintage Playtex rubber panty in the original box. I remember shopping with my mom when she bought them for me and my brothers, and I recall they were sold in a distinctive cylindrical-shaped tube. Is yours like that?) By the way, you brought back a memory when you wrote about the "How Dry I Am" commercial. I remember it well! Choices, you are right that several companies continued to sell both latex and natural rubber panties in children's sizes into the 60s, and maybe even later. Bittner was another company that sold them. But they were hard to find, because most retailers only stocked plastic panties. By that time, I was long out of diapers even though I still wet heavily in my sleep every night, because my parents no longer let me wear them. (Like you said, my parents also were advised by my doctor to discontinue my diapers in the hope that I would learn to be dry, but that never happened. I was not quite seven, and I remember pleading with my parents to let me continue wearing diapers because waking up in a dry bed was something that mattered to me.) Interestingly, the online and mail-order companies that sell latex and rubber panties at present seem to offer them only in sizes that fit adults and teenagers. I think there is an increased fear of latex allergies developing in younger children.

Very true Petti100. If you have a large library in town or if you have a university in town, their library may have old hard bound copies of ladies journals such as RedBook, Better Homes and Gardens, Good House Keeping, Ladies Home Journal, etc. In those magazines, from about 1950 through 1962, you can find lots of adds for rubber and plastic baby pants. Most were plastic pants after about 1954. You can even find them in Sear's Catalogues up to the early 70's if you have access to some of those old catalogues. <br />
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Such manufacturers as Warren, Empire, Lufkin, Gerber, Spun-low, Staydry, plus many others were advertized throughout all of the magazines in that time period. When I was a little boy, I had remembered seeing a Good House Keeping magazine that mom had. I was looking through it when I came to a page where there was an advertizement for Empire Baby Pants with the Whata-seal brand on it. It had the Good House Keeping Seal of Approval too. Wow, what a turn-on. <br />
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Many years later when I was in college, I was going through the stacks (library term) in the reference section and came across rows and rows of these old Journals. I remembered that one event where I had seen mom's magazine and I thought this is it. I spent the next week digging through all of the magazines I could find in that time period. It was simply amazing. A history of how it all started. If you've got a large library that carries these magazines, go see for yourself. It's all there.

You are indeed lucky. By the way, did I mention that I have a vintage pair of playtex rubber baby pants in the original box? I bet they are similar to thiose you wore as a young lad.<br />
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One of my earliest memories is seeing my cousin being changed into a dry cloth diaper and snap-on plastic pants. He was less than a year old, which would make it around 1947. I wore similar pants for diaper covers as well as an early bed wetter.<br />
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So I must respectfully disagree with you with regard to the introduction of plastic pants. Plastic pants started to come on the seen in the late forties and early fifties. For proof, I offer this as evidence. google the "news" catagory for "baby pants", and you'll come up with many ads and a few articles on plastic baby pants from the late forties and early fifties. You find your Platex rubber pants there too. Plastic pants came about as a result of looking for a substitute for rubber in baby pants during WWII. Rubber pants resumed after the war. In fact, there is an ad that says "were're back" to announce the resumption of manufacturing and sale of rubber pants. Warren's was an early mfr of plastic baby pants. By the early fities, I saw more babies and toddlers in plastic pants than in rubber pants. But they were still called rubber pants anyway.<br />
I remember toddlers in our neighborhood in diapers and plastic pants when I was a little boy. So they had both rubber and plastic pants after the war. But, alas, the plastic pants took over the market for rubber pants and eventually Playtex offered plastic pants as well. In fact, I remember the Playtex plastic baby pants TV ad in the late fifties to the tune of "how dry I am....". I'd love to see that ad on U-Tube some day.<br />
Thank you for commenting on my entry. I would like to converse with you some more on the subject if you are so inclined. Please advise. And, by the way, I don't believe we are "friends" on EXP, are we? Would you like to be?

Petti100, you wrote that you wore "plastic (usually called rubber) pants" over your cloth diapers when you were growing up in the mid to late forties. I see that you and I are in the same age range, and I think your memory may be incorrect on one point. In the forties and early fifties, they were almost all true rubber pants. That's why the name lingers to the present day, even though Playtex stopped making rubber baby panties in 1954 when plastic became the norm (probably because they were cheaper). I was in cloth diapers and Playtex rubber panties until my parents discontinued them, even though I still needed them day and night and wanted to continue wearing them. But I didn't start wearing diapers again until I got married, and to my surprise, my wife was able to find companies that still manufactured rubber panties in adult sizes. I greatly prefer them, and although I sometimes wear plastic pants over my cloth diaper during the day, I always wear rubber panties at night. My wife always changes my diaper when she is available to do so, and like you, I consider myself a lucky man!

Hi: I'm in the same age group and both of you make good points.I wet the bed and was cloth diapers almost every night until I was ten or eleven years old. My mother used both rubber and plastic pants over my diapers and she always called them rubber pants whether they were plastic or rubber. At the time I didn't think anything of it but she would first put my rubber pants on, they were BIG and fit tight around my belly and legs (the rubber pulled the hair on my legs and I hated that) and then she would pull a pair of plastic pants over the rubber. The plastic just barely fit over the thick diapers but they held the rubber pants tight over the diapers. My mother always told me that the plastic pants kept my diapers from leaking. I didn't understand it back then but she was right. To hear my mother tell it, I was a classic Problem Child and every diaper change was a battle. I hated the diapers and I hated them even more if they ever leaked so my mothers solution was to use thicker and thicker diapers each night until I started to worry that someone would notice that I was wearing a diaper (not that anyone could miss the fact) then she would pin on my normal thickness night diaper and all was well till the next time I leaked, and it started all over again.
One thing I have clear memories of is shopping for my rubber and plastic pants. We would go downtown to the Woolworths department store and in the children's section just opposite the baby section there was a large counter with all kinds of rubber and plastic pants. It used to make me crazy with embarrassment when she would call a sales lady over and they would hold the different pants over my butt or front to see if they would fit. The worst was when she would diaper me before we went to the store and I would have to try on pants and pajamas to see if they would fit over the diapers and there was always and audience. I truly hated that.