What is a Diaper Booster/Stuffer?
We keep receiving asks asking about what stuffers/boosters are, so as a general PSA, here’s some good information for those that don’t know.
Stuffers (also know as “diaper doublers”, “boosters”, “pads”, etc.) are absorbant add-ons that you can add into your diaper before you diaper yourself into the diaper. Your diaper already has its own set absorbancy limit, but stuffers absorb even more of the liquid - which increases how long the diaper can be worn - and “extends” the life of your diaper for a fraction of the cost of the diaper itself. While an individual diaper may cost $2.04 each, a booster may run $0.64 each. (Using Bambino Bellissimo [M, 48 pc] and TotalDry Maximum [90pc] prices) So by adding a stuffer or two, you can extend the current “lifespan” of a single diaper - and reduce the cost of going through a ton of diapers.
However, while that does save a bit of money, it’s not an extreme amount of money. Another big reason for using boosters is the addition of more moveable fullness. You can customize where you want a poofier look by where you place the stuffer before you put on the diaper. Adding it into the back adds more bulk to the back of the diaper (as it gets wet), and you’ll have a saggier, fuller butt. Adding the stuffer between the legs will add bulk there - adding to a waddling feeling. (Though we have had some issues with the bulk getting large enough to disrupt the usefulness of the leg gatherers of some diapers, so experiment with that). Adding the stuffer to the front is going to add to more of that large, full crotch look. So stuffers allow you to add a bigger, bulkier feeling to whatever part of the diaper you’d like.
Another reason includes a more “custom-fit” experience. When standard diaper padding gets wet, it gets pretty big and fluffy - but it may not conform to the body in smaller, detailed manners. Especially for people with vaginas, using a stuffer can become very pleasurable. Because the padding is less tightly packed in most stuffers, the padding is more free to “fluff” out in ways that match the body that it’s shoved against. So when using stuffers against a vagina, the stuffer’s padding may fill out to rest between the labia for added pleasure and sensation. The same can be said for penis owners. It can “cradle” the penis.
A booster is designed to allow liquid to flow through and around the booster as well. This means that the diaper underneath the booster will also get wet (and be able to contribute to the total absorbency). Expect that the area underneath the booster will take longer to “show” wetness (especially on indicators) than usual, but it’ll still pull its weight. This is a difference between diaper booster pads and urinary incontinence pads. These are designed to allow liquid through.
^Note the different placement of the stuffer.
Using a stuffer is pretty simple: just add it into the diaper before you add powder and before you put the diaper onto a person. Done. As mentioned above, you can move the stuffer around to where you’d most like the bulkiness - or for where you’ll mostly be using it. If you’ll be sitting for most of your diaper wettings, consider placing it in front where it’ll get more use. If you’re sleeping or laying down, a back placement might be more useful. For those that aren’t into the bulky, the butt area seems to be the less obtrusive.
When placing stuffers, try to place them *inside* the leg gatherers and move the leg gatherers into a better position around them. This reduces the likelihood of stuffers causing leaks. You can use one or two stuffers - and possibly more, but we’ve found the leaks increase dramatically after two.
Here’s our experience with various Stuffers on the market:
Total Dry Ultimate Boost-Ups: 1,700ml capacity. Our absolute favorite. They’re huge, hold a ton, and very, very rarely have ruptured (from too much liquid). Unfortunately, they’re also often out of stock. Grr. 5 Stars - our absolute favorite.
TotalDry Maximum Boost-Ups: 1,000ml. When the Ultimates were out of stock, we tried these as a back-up. We found that they ruptured almost every use - and nobody likes those crystals to go everywhere. 2 Stars - Functional, but we wouldn’t buy them again unless we were in a crisis.
Incontrol Booster Pads: 1,300ml capacity. Rearz variety of boosters. They work pretty well - but in a bit of oddness, they don’t have any adhesive along the back like every other booster pad on the market. So these have a tendency to slide around a bit. But we’ve never had any ruptures or problems with them, and they’re comfortable against the skin. 4 stars - wish they had adhesive.
ABU PowerUps: Over 900ml: ABU’s variety of boosters. One of the few boosters on the market that can have optional scent. These are particularly large (not a bad thing, but it spreads the bulkiness over a larger area), and ABU claims it can add 1.5" in thickness. These ones do seem to layer better than TotalDry’s. 4 stars - they’re pretty good. They’re mostly unremarkable, but they do their job well and stay in place, but they don’t offer as much of a “concentrated” bulk aspect as others do.