Diapers for Jessica
One hundred diaper-clad behinds found their way into a huge auditorium where they were directed by their hall babysitters into rows of benches and tables where a delicious looking chicken parmesans was laid out before each place setting.
“You might act and dress like babies,” Kristen said to the girls in her row” but we know you need a lot of nourishment.”
Having had their bibs put on by Kristen, the girls dug into the amazing food. Each girl also had a bottle of milk to drink.
After everyone had finished eating, the places were cleared away and the bibs sent to be washed. The lights dimmed and the opening ceremony began.
The head of the Pampers division of Proctor & Gamble said a few words of welcome and expressed excitement about the things that would take place over the next two weeks as the girls learned about the direction in which Pampers was headed and were able to give input as to what they as consumers would like to see from Pampers. He then turned the podium over to Susan Valentine, the event chair.
“Good evening” Susan said. “It gives me such great pleasure to welcome you all here this evening. Ever since Pampers told me about the idea of a product for teens, I have been envisioning this type of conference where we got to meet with our consumers and find out what they want, need, and expect from us, their providers. Sure we could have assumed that they would want much the same protection and comfort that they received when they were babies wearing our diapers, but I didn’t feel that was enough. Wearing diapers as a teen is so much different than wearing diapers as a baby, and we at Pampers want to do our best to cater to all your needs and wishes. You’ll learn more about the different aspects of the Pampers operation over the next two weeks in various seminars and programs put on by the staff here at Pampers.
“Your hall babysitters will tell you if they have not already about the expectations that the Pampers staff has for you while you’re here. Overall, the theory is pretty simple. We want you to help us to help you. As you know, to qualify for the Pampers Princess finals, you must attend Pampers Princess and You(r Behind) as well as Dealing with Diapers everyday. Each day you will get a stamp to prove your attendance. Beyond those two courses, we want you to attend ten different seminars or demonstrations that you are interested in, where you will also get a stamp on your attendance record. You will hand the record to your babysitter at the end of next week. They will be sorted to make sure that each girl has fulfilled the requirements, and one lucky young lady will be drawn randomly and crowned the Pampers Princess. Each seminar is designed to be of interest to you. For example, there is a seminar called Stylish Diapers, which will examine different styles and different ideas to make teen diapers trendy. Several seminars will address issues involved with wearing diapers all the time or being a teen baby and how to negotiate the teen and the baby within your one body. The more seminars you attend and the more input you give will help us to create better products to suit your needs. You are representative of the future consumers of the Pampers line of products for teens. Make your voice heard and tell us what you want. I wish you all the best over the next two weeks. May you stay happy and dry.”
One hundred very excited girls were led by their babysitters back to their floors to get them ready for bed.
“Now, girls,” Kristen admonished, “I can tell you’re full of energy, but you’re going back to your rooms where each of you will have your diaper changed and be given a bottle. Then you will be put into your cribs for the night. There will be no getting out of your cribs until the morning. I do not want to have to spank any of you. Please drink your bottles and try and get some sleep, tomorrow will be a big day. I will come around in the morning and let you out of your cribs and you will be changed again before breakfast. If you need to be changed during the night, don’t hesitate to contact me using the baby monitors in each of your cribs.”
Each of the girls went back to their rooms and awaited their diaper changes amidst endless whispers of excitement over what was to come. There would be so much to see and learn and do. And at the end of the two weeks would be the drawing for the Pampers Princess. Secretly, each girl yearned to be crowned Princess over all Pamperdom. Yet, looking around themselves, each one found reasons to think it would be someone else and not them.
Having taken care of Jill, Kristen now turned her attention to Jessica. ‘Are you all ready, little one?” she cooed.
“Yes, Krissy” Jessica cooed instinctively.
“Awwww, you are just too cute! Hop up on this changing table for me, sweetie pie.”
Jessica lifted herself up onto the changing table, turned her body, and lay down. The mattress was warm and soft beneath her body, making her feel very comfortable. Kristen handed Jess her bottle of milk and Jess began to nurse while Kristen untaped her diaper and took it out from underneath her. Laying it aside, she grabbed Jess’ ankles with her left hand and a baby wipe with her right. Jessica purred like a kitten as her diaper area was cleaned ever so gently. Jess held her legs in place as Kristen threw the baby wipe out and grabbed a fresh diaper from the stack underneath the changing table. Unfolding it, Jess lifted up and the fresh diaper was slid underneath. Kristen sprinkled a generous amount of baby powder onto Jess’ skin and gently rubbed it in. Lowering Jess’ legs onto the table, Kristen brought the diaper up between Jess’ legs and taped it into place, fixing the leakguards to make sure they were snug. Then she helped Jess off the table and into her crib. Raising the bar, she whispered good night to the two big babies, turned off the light and closed the door behind her.
Jess could hardly believe what was happening. Here she was in a giant crib nursing a bottle and wearing a diaper. It was everything she had ever dreamed it could be. And it was only the beginning. Finishing her milk, she closed her eyes and drifted off to sleep, dreaming about things to come.
After a quick breakfast the girls were back in their rooms, tearing apart their diaper bags and inspecting all the freebies inside. The Pampers staff had thought of everything. There was a notebook to take notes in, pens to write with, stickers, a pretty pink pacifier, all with the Pampers logo on it. It also had the schedule of courses and seminars plus the necessary attendance records. Plus the diaper bag was teen-sized; completely capable of carrying everything a teen girl would need.
Grabbing the notebook, attendance record and a pen, Jess and Jill headed for the lounge where the rest of the girls from her hall were assembled. Once all were accounted for and ready, Kristen led them off to their first course session, Pampers and You(r Behind).
The instructor introduced herself as Ms. Stephanie Jbara. “You will find that the material in this course will overlap with some of the things explored in the various seminars you will be attending throughout your time here. You will find the same to be true of the material to be covered in Dealing with Diapers. This is because the people who designed this conference set goals for each of you. We want you to walk away from this experience with at least a certain amount of base information about what your needs as a teen in diapers will be and how Pampers proposes to meet those needs. Then we wish to give you the opportunity to explore certain things that might interest you more in depth…”
Ms. Jbara began with an overview of Pampers since the beginning, paying particular attention to the developments made in the diaper industry since the early 1980’s, including how Pampers has kept up with the competition.
“What we’re aiming for with the Princess line is to create a product with a name that people know and trust. Adolescence and the teenage years can be trying times for a lot of people, as many of you no doubt know, and we here at Pampers feel we might be able to provide a little bit of extra comfort and support.
“So, over the next two weeks we’ll be charting both familiar and unfamiliar territory. We have some products that you’ll be able to try and we have some ideas that we want your input on. That will be all for today. I’ll stamp your attendance record on the way out the door; make sure you don’t leave without a stamp. See you tomorrow.”
“Wow, that was, like, the fastest fifty minutes of my entire life.” Hannah said. “And we’re not going to just be lectured at. We’ll get to try products as well. That’s awesome. I wonder what we’ll get to try out.”
“Diapers, I expect.” Jill said, chuckling.
“Naw, really? Who’d have thunk it?” Hannah stuck her tongue out. Jill returned the sentiment. Jessica and Cassandra just rolled their eyes and headed out of the lecture hall where they met up with Kristen, ready to take them to Dealing with Diapers.
“Dealing with Diapers” Ms. Michele Bailey began as the girls finally got seated, “isn’t as easy as any of you might think. There’s a lot of things that one doesn’t think about at first when they encounter diapers as an adolescent or teenager. One basic one is overcoming the years of being toilet trained. I expect most of you have already wet your diapers since you’ve been here, but can I see a show of hands as to how many have messed in their diapers?”
A few girls blushed and raised their hands, but it was five girls at the most.
“After having been trained to use the toilet and having it engrained in your head that wetting or messing yourself is bad, it’s very difficult to overcome that stigma. One way to overcome it, as you’ll realize over the next two weeks, is to force yourself to use your diapers by denying yourself toilet access.
“Another issue, far less embarrassing, hopefully, how many of you are oldest siblings?”
Nearly every hand in the room went up. Ms. Bailey nodded assent. “Our research has shown that 98% of those teenagers who wear diapers for pleasure are older siblings. We expect this to be indicative of the fact that they want to regress to a time in which they received all their parents’ attention, and there is probably no time of greater parental attention than when a child is in diapers.
“But what happens when an oldest sibling gets put back in diapers, either for punishment or because they want to? Are they still really the older sibling? Often when teens receive baby treatment, it is expected that they are unable to care for themselves, and so are left with babysitters, often their younger siblings. How does one reconcile that in their mind?
“Research is showing us that when an eldest sibling returns to diapers it can upset a natural equilibrium within the family. When the oldest child decides they want to be the youngest, it affects everyone else in the family. Younger siblings oftentimes resent the fact that the attention that used to be theirs has been taken from them, causing tension throughout the family. Your decision to return to diapers can affect much more than just yourself. It can simply be an underwear choice. Some girls choose briefs, some bikini’s, some diapers, but more often than not it is indicative of a larger lifestyle decision that can upset the balance in the family. In this course, and in several of the seminars these next two weeks, we’ll be taking a look at how to deal with wearing diapers.
Along with diapers, we will be examining the pro’s and con’s of disclosing your diapered identity to friends, other family members and so forth, and taking a look at how to decide to whom and whom not you should be disclosing this information. Teen babyhood can be a rewarding and fulfilling experience but there are so many factors that need to be just right in order for that to work. More often than not, it requires a lot of compromise, both on the part of the baby and the family involved.
As we have already discovered in this brief introduction, dealing with wearing diapers is not as simple as it seems, and it is always made more difficult when you add in all the already difficult stuff going on in your everyday lives. Hopefully by the end of these two weeks you’ll at least have a basis in how to incorporate your diapered identity into your larger identity and have it cause as few problems as possible. That will be all for today. I will stamp your records on the way out and see you tomorrow!
“Wow, I think I’m going to get a lot out of this class,” Jess observed. “I’ve got a fourteen year old sister who’s about to become my big sister. And yeah, I guess I knew that would be the case, but I never thought about the implications of it. My mommy scolded me on the car ride up here for not telling her my diaper needed to be changed and then she asked my sister, Elizabeth to periodically check me after I’d been put in a dry diaper so that it wouldn’t happen again. I kinda laughed at it at the time, and also at the idea of her having to change my diapers, but I’m beginning to see it’s a lot more serious and complex than that. Like, unless she comes and checks me normally, I might have to go to her and ask her to change me. We’ve always been the best of friends but there’s nothing to say she wouldn’t take advantage of my diapered state and humiliate me about it. I had this one nightmare where she actually spanked me!”
“Oh I know what you mean,” Cassandra said. “I’ve been in diapers for about three weeks now full time, and my parents have strictly forbidden me to change myself, so I have to go ask my twelve-year-old sister, Meghan. It’s utterly devastating. She can never just change my diaper and be done with it. It’s always got to be a big production. There was this one time when her friends were over and I was going to wait until my Mom came home from work but I was sopping wet and it wouldn’t hold anymore, and I was afraid if I wet again it would leak. I always get spanked when my diaper leaks because I wouldn’t ask my sister to change me. So I go up to my room, I was wearing shorts over my diapers, and I knock gently on her door. ‘Yes?’ she says, ‘come in.’ and so I enter and I said ‘Meghan, can I see you a minute?’ and she’s like ‘what is it, Cassie, does the big baby need her diaper changed?’ and I turned beet red and her friends start laughing at me. ‘Well? Let me see your diaper, little girl!’ Meghan demanded. I slowly fumbled with the button to my shorts, totally humiliated. ‘Young lady, do you want to get spanked?’ she asked me. ‘You get to spank your older sister?’ her friends stared blankly at me, I thought I was going to cry. ‘She is not my older sister. Cassie, it turns out, is an overgrown two-year-old who acts and wets her diaper just like a baby. And no, I don’t get to personally spank her, but if she doesn’t get those shorts off in the next ten seconds I’ll refuse to change her. If she leaks, she’ll get spanked when Mom gets home and finds her.’ So of course I had to swallow my pride and take my shorts off. ‘That’s a good baby’ my sister cooed to me. ‘Now, did you bring me a fresh diaper?’ I hung my head in shame ‘No.’ I mumbled. ‘Excuse me young lady I asked you a question,’ she demanded. ‘No I did not bring you a fresh diaper,’ I said more clearly. ‘Well,’ she said ‘I can’t exactly change you if you don’t bring me a fresh diaper. So I’ll tell you what, you are going to hold your big sister’s hand, and Joan and Britney and I will come down to your nursery where you will have your diaper changed and my friends can see what a big baby you are.’
“Taking my shorts away from me, she made me walk ahead of her friends downstairs and into my room, with my sopping wet diaper in full view and into my nursery, complete with a crib and changing table and rocking horse and a playpen. It was my sixteenth birthday present last month.
“‘Up on the changing table, little girl’ Meghan commanded. I was so humiliated. I got up on the changing table and she was just merciless, talking to her friends the whole time, telling them about other times she had to change me and how wet or messy my diapers had been. Finally, it ended and she allowed me to get off the table. ‘Can I have my shorts back, please?’ I asked her. ‘No, I don’t think you’ll be needing them.’ she said ‘Besides, you have nothing to hide, we already know what a little diaper girl you are.’ That was absolutely the most horrifying experience of my entire life. I doubt it’s going to get better once I go back home. At least I have you girls for two weeks before I have to deal with it.
“You sure do, Cassie.” Jess said, swatting Cassie’s diapered behind playfully.
“Hey!” Cassie said, swatting Jess back.
“Hey Cassie, guess what!” Jess smiled.
A warm stream of urine flooded Jess’ diaper. Cassie threw her arms around her and let loose into her own diaper.
“Looks like we have two little ones who need to be changed before lunch!” Kristen said, eyeing the two girls and smiling broadly. Cassie and Jess smiled right back.
“Hey ladies!” Kristen called as she walked towards her gathered pack of little ones gathered in the floor lounge.
“Hey, Kristen,” Jess said, “Can you help us with something?”
“Sure what’s up?”
“Well, we’re having trouble deciding which elective to go to this afternoon.”
“Well, just realize that you don’t need to go all together. You could go in small groups or even individually and then if you wanted to at the end of the day you could compare notes.”
“Yeah, that’s true” Vanessa said.
“Hmmm” Kristen said, glancing at the schedule of electives. “I see here that a lot of the stuff being offered this week will also be offered next week at the same times, so if you two things you want in the same slot, you can always choose one this week and go to the other next week. But if you want my honest, opinion, I see here that coming up at two-thirty is Diapers and You: The Cultivation of a Diapered Identity. I would strongly urge all of you to go to that seminar. I expect that you will find that incorporating diapers into your everyday lifestyle, whether it’s just diapers or diapers as part of a larger babyish lifestyle, it’s going to take some adjustment. A lot of the other complications regarding the lifestyle stem out of the concept of identity formation, so I think it would be a good foundation from which to build. Like a lot of the other seminars, you will see overlap with Dealing with Diapers, but this may take a different approach. Either way, I cannot stress how important identity-formation is. It’s as if you were about to re-enter your teens and begin to form your identity all over again. It would be good to find out where you fit into the larger scheme of girls that wear diapers as early as possible, because it is only once you have figured out and declared your own identity that you can have successful, healthy, and fulfilling relationships with other people. I’ll get off the soapbox now and let you all make a decision.”
“I’m definitely game for that” Jess said “it’s part of what I came here to do.”
“Yeah, especially because there’s just so many different aspects under the big umbrella of ‘wearing diapers.’” said Cassie. The rest of the girls agreed that there was wisdom in Kristen’s words and at around two-fifteen ten diapered behinds were seen toddling over towards Diapers and You.
“Good afternoon, my name is Elizabeth Murphy, and this is the seminar on Diapers and You: The Cultivation of a Diapered Identity. I hope the first day is going well for you all so far and that you have already picked up some information about Pampers and about wearing diapers as a teenager that you didn’t know before.
“The theory behind this seminar is that in order to relate to your family and boyfriends and everyone you come into contact with from now on, you need to figure out how the wearing of diapers ties in to your identity as you have established it throughout your social development. Some of you may be particularly drawn to the feeling of wearing a diaper. Others may be drawn to the idea of diapers as a gateway to being a baby; a time during which you received the utmost attention and care. Still others of you may enjoy the convenience of being able to use your diapers, rather than find or wait in line for a bathroom in a public place. So that’s step one: you must ask yourself what the draw of diapers is for each one of you.”
“Definitely the love and care and attention that I received as a baby.” thought Jess.
“You may find it helpful to think of your diapered self as a personality separate from your normal identity. Where the teenage you likes going to the mall and talking on the phone, the baby you wants nothing more than to lay in mommy’s arms and nurse a bottle of warm milk. It is important to get to know this other identity. Spend time with her. You want to know all about her. You want to know why she wears diapers, what she wants out of life, what she likes to have for breakfast, and so on. The more you know about your inner-baby the better able you will be to incorporate her into the identity you’ve already formed, which is a difficult task but thoroughly worthwhile. The first step is the knowledge that you like wearing diapers and that there is nothing wrong with that. Once you accept diapers as a part of who you are, there is no limit as to what you can do. For example, how many teen babies do we have in the room? By teen baby, of course, I mean teens who are interested in diapers as part of being a baby, who are also interested in bottles, crawling and everything babyish?”
An overwhelming number of girls raised their hands.
“Excellent, that is about what we expected. Now, once you can say to yourself ‘I can wet or mess in my diaper because I am a baby and babies wet or mess in their diapers,’ and you are thoroughly convinced of that, you will find it much easier. Or, perhaps you are trying to overcome the embarrassment. ‘I am a baby. It is perfectly natural that babies toddle around the house in a t-shirt and a diaper no matter who is around, ergo it is perfectly natural that I should toddle around in a t-shirt and diaper and not care. The sky is the limit; really, once you set your mind to something you can do anything you want.
“Let’s suppose, for example that you want your parents to turn you back into a baby and you’re out at the mall with your mommy and you wet your diaper. Your mommy wants to take you to the ladies’ room and change you into a fresh diaper, but you feel humiliated that other people will see you. That’s because you are viewing it through the eyes of a teenager and not of the little girl you really are. When you shift your perspective, you’ll see that there is nothing to be ashamed of. Having wet your diaper you obviously have proven that you belong in them, regardless of your age, it is only natural that you should have someone to change them for you. So when you’re laying somewhere having your diaper changed and someone walks in and sees you, you need to let go of the adult idea of humiliation. For a diaper-wearing baby, humiliation doesn’t exist. They have no shame.
“Or perhaps the shame is an important part of it for you. Perhaps you a teenager who feels she needs to be put back in diapers as punishment for bad behavior or poor grades. This isn’t as rare as it might sound. Perhaps for you it’s diaper discipline, which is not to be confused with punishment. The word discipline means ‘to teach;’ punishment is something entirely different. Perhaps you need that element to help you to be a better person, a more successful person.
“Regardless of what your goals might be, once you define them, then you can begin to achieve them. Part of that in this case is figuring out what your diaper identity is and asserting it. Perhaps part of it is saying to yourself ‘I’m going to wear a diaper to the mall today and if someone hears it crinkle, then fine!’
“No matter what your goals are they can be met. You can completely incorporate diapers into your life if you have the determination and the will. It will require some sacrifice and some things which may look like failures and losses might turn out to be net gains.
“And it’s perfectly all right to find out after trying something that it wasn’t all you thought it would be. Many people who enjoy wearing diapers dream of being treated like a baby by their parents. When they finally get it, they find out that it is completely damaging for themselves, their parents and their relationship. So it’s best to start with small, baby-steps and work toward your larger goals.
“And it looks like we’re just about out of time. I am sorry if you came here expecting that I would tell you who you are or why you are the way you are. I cannot do that. What I hope that you take with you today is that once you assert your diaper-wearing as part of who you are, it can open doors that will take you beyond your wildest dreams. It isn’t easy and it takes a great amount of strength, but it can happen. So I would encourage you to take a notebook and write down ideas about who your inner diaper-wearer is. What does she look like? Does she look exactly like you but with a diaper? Is her hair different? Does she dress differently? Does she act differently? Does she relate to her parents differently than you do? These are but some of the questions that you should be asking. And the answers to these questions will only lead to more questions, but it is through this process of continual questioning that you will discover who you are. Thank you everyone for participating and enjoy the rest of the conference.”
Wide-eyed and completely blown away, Hanna, Vanessa, and Jessica looked at each other.
“Wow.” was all Jess could say.
“Need any help?” Elizabeth asked, walking into the construction zone that would end up being Jess’ nursery.
“Yeah, Liz, would you mind holding this piece of wood steady so I can cut it?” Mr. Anderson asked.
“Sure thing, Dad.” Elizabeth held the beam in place under her foot and Mr. Anderson began to cut the piece he needed.
“Thanks, sweetie.” he said, handing her another piece to hold.
“Um, Dad, can I ask you something?”
“Sure, honey, what’s on your mind?”
“How do you feel about all that’s been going on around here lately?”
Mr. Anderson chuckled. ‘I guess I haven’t really given it much thought, really. I mean, as long as it isn’t harmful, I don’t necessarily have a problem with it. I won’t be changing your sister’s diapers because I feel it is inappropriate for a father to change his seventeen-year-old daughter’s diapers; there’s way too much room for sexuality to be involved for my own personal comfort. Your mother agrees with my views on that. Beyond that, I’ve just been trying to keep your mother from losing it. I think she may be feeling like she’d done something wrong when Jessica was growing up. I think that’s why she’s been so tense lately. Jessica, regardless of actions or appearances, will be an adult in a few weeks. How she decides to live her life from that point forward is entirely up to her. As long as she’s not doing something potentially harmful, it seems ok to me. If she decides she wants to be treated totally like a baby and never grow up again, that might be a point at which to intervene, but if it helps her to fill some kind of hole in her maturation and helps her to become a better person, then I’m ok with it.”
“That’s good to know. I definitely think Mom’s going way overboard on this whole thing. She put one of Jess’ diapers in a giftbag the other day and gave it to me. It really creeped me out, to be perfectly honest. I’m fourteen years old, I’m not really feeling the whole wetting and messing myself thing.”
“Well, like I said, I think your mother is having difficulty dealing with this whole situation. I expect that diapers hold some kind of significance for Jess and that is why she’s been wearing them. However, what is significant for one person does not need to be significant for everyone else. So while for Jess it’s diapers, if you were going through the same thing it could be different entirely.”
“Yeah I see where you’re coming from there. I’m kind of nervous about Jess coming home again. We all kind of expect that she’ll come back as a baby, but what if she doesn’t? What if she’s had her fill of everything and comes back ready to assume her adult responsibilities?”
“Well, your mother and I talked about that, and it is a very real possibility. I think your mother actually hopes that she comes back as a baby; she’s constantly talking about how things will be, and how we’ll deal with it and so on. I personally just hope that Jess finds what she’s looking for, in one place or another. If she comes back and wants to be an adult I guess we can sell the furniture. There’s always Ebay if worst comes to worst. There’d have to be people out there somewhere that would buy it. I won’t let Mom give Jess your room, don’t worry.”
Liz laughed. “Thanks, Dad, I really appreciate that. She’s really had me kinda scared lately. Between threatening me with diapers and then offering me one I feel like she wants me to wear them.”
“Don’t discount that possibility. Somehow the idea that your mother wants both of her babies back doesn’t really surprise me all that much.”
“Er, yeah. So, what’s left to do around the nursery before Jess gets home?”
“Well, as you can probably tell, right now I’m working on the railings for Jess’ crib. After these are cut they need to get sanded and the whole crib needs to get put together. Next after that’ll probably be the changing table.” Mr. Anderson said, handing Liz the plan to look at.
“Wow that looks pretty cool, so there’s the top and then cabinet space underneath for her diapers and wipes and things.”
“That’s the idea. It oughta look pretty nice when it’s done. I think your mother wants it done in pink or white, but I was thinking we could do the room in white and pink and put a nice wood stain on the furniture. The crib & changing table will be the bulk of the work, I think. Your mother wants a high-chair for the kitchen. Beyond that, it’s largely decorating. I was thinking of ripping up this carpet and putting down a new one, but I decided against it, thinking that two weeks wouldn’t be long enough to get everything done. I want the room finished when Jess gets back. I don’t want her to come back without a room to stay in because her old stuff is gone and the new room isn’t done.”
“Yeah I can understand that. I’d feel the same way. Let me know what I can do to help.”
“Well, it’s about noon now, I expect to have this crib done and ready to be painted tonight if you’d like to do that. Once the crib is done I’ll start the changing table. Maybe you can get Mom to help you with painting the crib, to split up the work a little.”
“No thanks, she might try and make me sleep in it or something.”
Mr. Anderson laughed. “Okay, okay. Please make sure you ask your mother what color she wants it before you start though.”
“Yeah I will. So, after the furniture is built and stained it’s largely decoration from there, right?”
“Yes, I’m going to leave that to your mother though, I can’t read her mind so I don’t want to have to deal with her telling me I got something wrong. I’m as likely to stay out of her way as you are, Liz.”
It was Liz’s turn to laugh. “Yeah she’s gotten a little zany since this whole thing started. I mean yeah, ok, I’m glad that I forced Jess into confronting this side of her personality, but it hasn’t exactly come easy. It’s like Mom’s expecting a new baby. I’m surprised we haven’t had a shower.”
“Well, Mom is expecting a new baby, it just happens to be that the one she’s expecting will be turning eighteen soon.”
“But, seriously, once the room is done and decorated, the little details need some attention. Your mother will be picking out sheets for the crib, and she needs to decide what to do with Jess’ old wardrobe, but that largely depends on what Jess decides when she gets home, and whether she’ll be an adult, an adult in diapers, or a baby in diapers. Plus we need to stock the changing table and put a mobile over the crib, little things like that.”
“Yeah. I forgot Jess’ eighteenth birthday was in a couple of weeks. It’s like a week after she gets back. We’re throwing her a party, I expect?”
“Of some sort. That’s another thing that depends on what Jess decides. So yes, in some form or other we’ll be throwing a party for Jessica. It might be an eighteenth birthday party or it might be like a baby shower that we didn’t get around to throwing until after she was born.”
“That’s funny. But, especially with the way Mom’s been acting, I can totally see your meaning. I guess I haven’t really given much thought about being a big sister when Jess gets back. It’s enough trouble to get Mom to stop from coming into my bedroom and diaper me before bedtime.”
“Has she actually done that, Liz?”
“Well, not yet, but at this point I wouldn’t be surprised if it were on her agenda for this evening. If I thought maybe it would shock her back to reality maybe I would let her do it, but it would backfire and I’d end up back in diapers. And, as if that’s not bad enough, Mom would think I actually wanted to wear them.
“But yeah, I have a feeling I won’t know what it’s going to be like until Jess gets home. That is, assuming Jess is a baby when she comes back.”
“Do you really think Jess is going to come back as an adult?”
“Not really, no. I guess I don’t.”
“So, what do you girls think of the conference so far?” Kristen asked at a hall meeting on Wednesday just after lunch.
“This is so cool” Jill said. “I never imagined there was so much to be learned about diapers. I figured it was just like ‘you wear them and use them and that’s it.”
“Yeah I have definitely learned a lot that I didn’t expect to learn” said Jess. “And I’m hoping to learn a lot more.
“So, are they thinking of making this a yearly thing, Kristen?” Cassandra asked.
“I was at a staff meeting last night” Kristen replied “and it was definitely mentioned. We were asked for our input, and an overwhelming number of the staff showed interest in making this a yearly thing. I’d like to see it happen. One thing they also talked about was a similar thing for boys. Pampers does not yet have a product like Princess for boys, but I hear one is currently being developed. So that’s a possibility. If you would like to see this type of thing done again, you should definitely mention it in your end of conference evaluation forms. Also, if something like this is held again, there were talks last night about asking you all back as staff members.”
“Ew, does that mean we’d have to wear training pants?” Hannah asked disgustedly. Everyone laughed.
“Who knows? Maybe if this conference is held again the staff might be able to wear diapers at all times. It might be easiest, honestly. They had us wear diapers like I told you for the five weeks of training, so they gave us training pants just in case of accidents. But an accident in training pants is basically no different than doing your business on purpose in your diapers. So maybe something could be worked out.”
“That’d be awesome.” Jill said. “So, what’s everyone going to this afternoon?”
“I’m going to ‘Overcoming Embarrasment.’” Jess said.
“I was looking at that one too, Jess.” Cassie said.
“Yeah that sounds good, I’m in. How about you, Vanessa?” Hannah asked.
“Sure, why not? I remember how mortified I was at the idea of walking around the conference in just a t-shirt and a nice thick diaper. Honestly, I’m still a little weirded out by it, but then I see all you girls dressed the same way and I feel a little better.” Vanessa said.
Toddling over early, the four girls stopped to get some ice cream.
“Jessica?!?” they heard someone say from about 10 feet away. Jessica turned around. “It is you!”
“Looks like we didn’t get to that overcoming embarrassment seminar quickly enough” Hannah chuckled.
Jessica stood dumbstruck, mouth agape, staring at her cousin Missy.
“Missy, uh…….., hi. Didn’t expect to see you here. Allow me to introduce my friends. Hannah Davenport, Cassandra Kelly, Vanessa Newman, and Jill Stevenson, this is my cousin, Missy Hoskins.
“Pleased to meet you all” Missy extended excited handshakes to each of the girls in turn.
“Likewise” The girls chorused.
“So, Missy, are you headed anywhere?” Cassie asked.
“I was thinking about that overcoming embarrassment seminar” Missy replied.
“That’s where we’re headed, why don’t you come with us?”
“Sure, that’d be great. So, Jess, I don’t mean to embarrass you. I do hope I haven’t. I so didn’t expect to see anyone I knew here. At least we’re on the same footing. It’d be a little mortifying if you were on staff and found out I was in diapers again.”
Having regained her composure, Jess joined in the conversation. “Yeah, lucky for you I’m not. Then, I’m glad we can at least keep each other’s secrets. I feel bad, here you are, my cousin and I don’t even really know you that well. Somehow, at least in light of recent events, I feel like I should.”
“Well, we can hang out this next week and a half if you really feel like you want to. If not, I totally understand. I mean, I’m fourteen; you’re seventeen. Anytime there was a family gathering I’d just hang out with Liz because we’re the same age.”
“Yeah, true. Liz. I wonder how she’s getting along at home. Mom offered her diapers on the trip up, more than once actually. I wonder if she’s ready to be my big sister when I get back.”
“Actually, when I saw you I was kind of surprised not to see her.”
“In a way, it’s for the best. She’s the reason I’m here actually. She entered me into the contest because I’d been on a diaper binge and purge cycle and it really wasn’t working out too well for me. Matter of fact, the night the letter came I flipped out at her and ended up wetting my pants. Talk about the need to overcome embarrassment. Why are you here, if you don’t mind my asking?”
“Well, I snuck some diapers while babysitting and my parents caught me wearing them. That was about three weeks before the contest was announced. They put me back in diapers and then when they found out about the conference they made me enter. I don’t know what they hoped to accomplish, really. It’s not like I’m wearing diapers and the rest of you aren’t. So it’s kind of a vacation in a way. That Cultivation of a Diapered Identity thing the other day was really helpful. I mean it didn’t tell me who I am, but if I go home and tell them I want to wear diapers because it’s part of who I am and they say ‘well, fine! You’re back in diapers for good!’ I can’t exactly complain, now can I? So I’m hoping I can work through some of the questions that session put forward and begin to figure out where diapers come into my self-concept. That and the idea of being crowned Pampers Princess does sound kind of cool.”
Jess laughed sincerely. “Good for you!” Her friends nodded in agreement. “I’m just trying to figure out where I fit into all this mess. And yeah, I don’t think there’s a girl here who would mind the lifetime supply or the crown or the modeling contract.”
“Certainly not me.” Cassandra said, striking a pose. “What do you think? Thumb in my mouth or hands on my hips?”
“Come on ladies, we don’t want to be late for this session. It may make or break our diapered careers. How do you expect to model if you can’t handle being seen in a diaper in public?” Hannah interjected.
“Wow, I suppose you’re right. Let’s go.” Jess said. “That includes you, Missy.” She patted Missy’s diapered behind and put her arm around her shoulder. “From now on, you’re with us.”
“You’ll never guess who I ran into while at Baby Depot this afternoon while picking up a few things for the nursery,” Mrs. Anderson said to her husband and Liz who just sat down to a delicious dinner of spaghetti and meatballs.
“Who, Mom?” Liz asked.
“John and Ashley Roberts. Apparently they’re back from their vacation. They asked after both you and Jess.”
“And what did you say about Jess?”
“Well, I told them the truth, naturally. I mean honestly, she was sneaking Amanda’s diapers, they have a right to know that something was done about that. And, as Jess will no longer be fit to baby-sit for Amanda, I felt doubly justified in explaining to them what has happened over the last few weeks since they’ve been gone.”
“And how did they take the news?”
“Well, they didn’t necessarily feel that Jess ought to be punished for what she’d done, but was glad to hear that she will get a chance to figure things out for herself. They did ask if you’d be up for babysitting Amanda, Liz, and I’d told them I’d mention it to you. Please give it some thought and let them know.”
“Yeah, although I could have my hands tied up here, what with the new baby on the way and all.”
“Speaking of the new baby, Jennie” Mr. Anderson addressed his wife, “have you any idea what you want to do about her upcoming birthday?”
“Well, Chris, I have given it some thought. I was talking to my sister Nicole, and it so happens that Missy is at that conference with Jess. I sort of wonder whether or not they’ve run, er, toddled into each other.”
“Very funny, Mom. Missy’s there too?” Liz asked. “I never would have guessed. Then, until I caught her wearing them I wouldn’t have guessed about Jessica either.”
“Well, it’s slightly different with Missy. According to Aunt Nicole, Missy was caught sneaking diapers, and so she’s being punished.”
“Some punishment,” Liz chuckled, “from the look of that brochure, Aunt Nicole sent Missy on the vacation of a lifetime, if diapers are really her thing. I wonder if she’s prepared for what’ll happen when Missy gets back and is wetting and messing and speaking babytalk.”
“Poetic justice, I suppose, but seriously I figure we could invite Nicole and Steven and Missy. Beyond that, I have no idea who would be comfortable seeing Jess in diapers. I’ll invite the Roberts and Amanda, and perhaps some of Jess’ new friends will want to come.”
“Well, that’ll make a short line for the bathroom at least. But, please can I not be the designated diaper-changer?”
“We wouldn’t do that to you, Liz” her father said. “As one of the few adults at the party, you can take part in the adults’ activities.
“You’re welcome, sweetie.”
“But the offer I made you is still on the table should you change your mind,” Jennie said.
Noticing the lack of teasing or jest in her mother’s tone, Liz replied maturely, “Yes, Mom, thank you. I’ll make sure to let you know if I want to be put back in diapers. In the meantime, I believe I’ll stick with my panties.”
“Honestly, Lizzy, you make it sound as if wearing a diaper for a second after you’re toilet trained means giving up panties for the rest of your life. If you think that I want Jess to be in diapers and acting like a baby until she’s thirty, you have another thing coming. I know it doesn’t look like it because I’m preparing for Jess’ homecoming as if I were expecting a newborn, but honestly I do hope that this is just a phase that she’s going through. If she comes back and chooses diapers and a baby life, she’s going to get it. And just like a real toddler, when she shows signs of being ready for toilet training and other big girl things, she’ll be allowed to grow up all over again. Hopefully it will be for good at that point. All I’m trying to say is that if you find at the party that you have trouble fitting in with what adults are there and feel like a diaper might help you fit in better with the children, that you can most certainly wear one.”
“Sometimes, Mom, I really do think you want me back in diapers, and I’m unsure that I believe you hope it’s ‘just a phase’ with Jess. I think you’re delighted to have one of your baby girls back and want the other one back as well.”
“What are you saying, Elizabeth?”
“I’m saying that if I want a diaper, I will most certainly let you know,” said Elizabeth as she stood up from the table and walked to her room.
Shutting the door behind her, Liz went straight for her dresser where she’d stashed the diaper given to her by the Pampers rep the day she entered Jess in that contest.
‘It really is amazing,” Liz pondered, “how such an inconsequential thing can have such an impact on the course of events. Why is it even affecting me? Why does it have to be such a production?”
Lying down, Liz closed her eyes as she tried to quieten her thoughts. Still she couldn’t figure out why it was that an inanimate object had caused so much trouble. All she did was enter Jess into a contest. Why was it such a big deal. If Jess were a die-hard wearer of briefs and one day decided to wear a thong no one would make a commotion about it. True, switching from briefs to a thong would not exactly cause her to decide to stop using the toilet and using her pants instead. Or at least, Liz would hope not. Why all this over a diaper? Shouldn’t one be able to choose? Just as a girl can wear briefs one day and a thong the next, why shouldn’t she be able to wear a diaper the day after that? What was the big deal? This mess of thoughts gave way to heaviness in her eyelids and soon, Liz curled into the fetal position on her bed, and fast asleep.
The energy could be cut with a knife it was so dense as one hundred girls toddled into the huge lecture hall on that beautiful Friday afternoon for what some girls considered to be the highlight of the conference: Modeling in Diapers. Settling into their seats, each girl found before her a folder containing sample photos and video commercial scripts from the portfolios of several different models, along with an outline for the presentation and a modeling release form.
“This is going to be awesome!” exclaimed Jasmine. “Just imagine! We could be in commercials!”
“Good afternoon, My name is Amanda Jameson, and I will be your instructor and coach for this session,” said the vibrant twenty-four-year-old woman in the front of the room. “As you are all hopefully aware, this course will meet today as well as on Monday.
“Today, in this three-hour session, we will cover the basics of diaper modeling that you must know in order to be successful. We will discuss two modeling in terms of two different media: television and magazine ads. Using Pampers’ philosophy of advertising, we will focus on their target group for three different products in the Pampers Princess line: Pampers Princess Ultra-thin, Pampers Princess ultra-thick, and Pampers Princess Sport. The target group, as might be blatantly obvious, is young women ages roughly from thirteen to twenty-one. A small proportion of the initiative, the Pampers Princess ultra-thick product, is geared specifically towards teen baby girls who already like wearing diapers and who want amore babyish feel through a thicker diaper and a name they trust. The Pampers Princess Sport diapers are being marketed mostly to girls who either already diapers or are just starting. The bulk of these advertisements, however, are geared towards young women who do not already wear diapers, but whom we feel could benefit from them.
“Wow, this is pretty serious stuff,” Jessica whispered to Hannah, who was sitting next to her.
“Yeah no kidding; here I thought we’d just show up smile for the camera and go along on our merry way,” Hannah whispered back.
“Over the weekend,” Ms. Jameson continued, “you are invited to get hands-on experience with diaper modeling. You may sign up for slots up to six hours in length with one of the fifty photographers that have provided their services for the conference. Each has been well-trained in the subtle art of diaper photography; you can rest assured that you will look your best while wearing Pampers Princess. We have also furnished twenty-five rooms as nurseries and twenty-five rooms to be more teen-looking, so you should have ample opportunity to do as many different shoots as you would like during your time slot. We also may be able to arrange to do some shoots outside, weather-permitting.
“You will also be able to choose from an enormous variety of costumes and outfits we have acquired from a local costume shop. To top that, we have several beauticians capable of giving you just about any look you can imagine. Please begin thinking about what types of modeling you would like to do during this session as we talk about different ideas and I will have a sign-up sheet posted as you leave so that you can sign up for a time and throw down some concept ideas.
“One thing you will want to think about is what media you wish to model for. We have both video and still modeling available. You can most certainly do both. In fact, we would probably encourage that you do both, because it gives you a feel for how they are different and, should you consider a career as a model, it is important to be capable of both forms of modeling. There are sample scripts in the back of your packet, and you can create your own. They are not very complex, but rather straight and to the point claims that our diaper enables this person to do this like never before, or something like that.
“All of that said, let us get one bit of paperwork out of the way before we get down to business. In the folder on your desks you will find a model release form. Basically what this says, as you can read it for yourselves, is that any and all photos taken of you during the shoot become the property of Pampers and may be used for marketing the products featured. You will be provided with copies of your work for your own use, but the copyright of the photos will belong to Pampers. If you do not sign this form, unfortunately, we will not be able to photograph you. If you do not wish to be photographed, you may still attend this session and get conference credit for it, but you may not participate in the actual shoot. So, those of you who are willing to allow Pampers to use your photos, please read through the agreement and then sign and date on the line by the “x.” Then, if you’ll kindly pass the signed forms to your left, we’ll get on with this presentation.”
The total silence as each girl read over the contract was suddenly broken like a spring torrent with the cacophony of pens hitting paper. The agreements signed, they were passed to the end of the row.
“Now, as I’m sure you’ve all had enough of my voice, I’m going to show you prototype video advertisements for each of the three products we’re currently working on, Princess, ultra-thin, Princess ultra-thick, and Princess Sport.
Ms. Jameson flicked a light switch and two-thirds of the lights in the room turned off. On the video screen, the Pampers Princess logo faded in. When it faded back out, a woman in her mid-forties appeared.
“Hi, I’m Elizabeth Strix, and I’m seventeen years old. This past Halloween, I decided I was going to go trick-or-treating dressed as a baby. A week before, mom helped me find an old pacifier and a bib lying around the house from when my younger sister was a baby, and she sewed me a bonnet. It was cute, but I felt like something was missing. Finally, Halloween arrived and, since I couldn’t put my finger on what made my costume incomplete, I resigned myself to wearing my bonnet and bib with a pair of overalls I found. That was, at least, until Mom came home from work.
‘You’re not going out of the house like that, young lady,’ she said crossly.
‘But why not?!?’ I asked, ‘I thought we agreed I could go as a baby!’ I protested.
‘We did,’ she said, ‘and you can, but not unless you’re wearing one of these,’ she said, tossing me the package of Ultra-Thick Pampers Princess. Of course! Diapers! How could I have forgotten? So Mom helped me into the ultra-thick, soft diaper. It felt so good!
‘There, now you’re ready for trick-or-treating. You look like and feel like a baby, which is what you want,’ Mom said, ‘plus you can be out for a long time and not need a bathroom break, and I don’t have to worry about you leaking, because Pampers Princess Ultra-Thick are super-absorbent with new and improved leak-guards, which is what I want, because new Pampers Princess Ultra-Thick are for babies of all ages.’
‘Thanks, Mommy, and thank YOU, Pampers!’”
“As you can see,” Ms. Jameson began, “this advertisement is sort of a blend between one for a girl who already wears diapers and one who doesn’t, because we can’t tell which girl Elizabeth is. What she does tell us, however, is that her Pampers complete her baby costume by making her look and feel like a baby because they’re thick and soft. And her mother tells us that she no longer has to worry about leaks.
“Now let’s take a look at a different strategy. This next ad is for the Princess Sport. These ads target teens for whom diapers can make sports more enjoyable. This ad in particular features a girl who already wears diapers, as you will see.”
A new, Pampers Princess Sport logo, flashed on the screen; when it faded, the camera focused in on two girls standing on opposite sides of a tennis net, racquets in hand.
“’Lauren,’” the girl on the left asked, “’ how is it that every time we play tennis you never need a bathroom break? I feel like every twenty minutes or so I need to pee and you never seem to use the bathroom!’”
“’Oh Amanda, the answer is simple: Pampers Princess Sport,” Lauren smiled.
“’Pampers? You mean like diapers?’” Amanda asked bewildered, “’aren’t you a little old for diapers?’”
’These aren’t just any diapers, Amanda,’” Lauren said, lifting the back of her skirt to show Amanda her diaper, “’these are Pampers Princess Sport, a diaper designed just for active young women like us who love our game and hate to interrupt it for something as mundane as the bathroom. A new design featuring a breathable yet leak-proof shell, Pampers Princess Sport diapers allow your skin to breathe, thus preventing the chances of a rash, all the while doing precisely what a diaper is supposed to do. And, the best part is that I barely know I’m wearing it feels so soft.’
’Wow, Lauren, I had no idea! Do you have an extra I could try for the next set?’
‘Of course I do, Amanda!’”
The current scene faded out and the image of the end of the current set faded in.
“’Match Point!’” Amanda called, holding the ball against the racquet and preparing to serve. She tossed the ball into the air and executed a beautiful overhand serve that Lauren wasn’t quick enough to make the return.
“’Wow, Amanda, that’s the best I’ve ever seen you play!’” Lauren said.
“’Yeah, I guess I just needed a little extra support. Thank you, Pampers!’”
Onto the screen faded a picture of a package of Pampers Princess Sport, underneath which were printed the words “Pampers: Improving the game of young women since they were born, simply.”
“Here you can see,” said Ms. Jameson, “that Pampers is trying to sell diapers to young female athletes as a method of improving their game, as the ad clearly states. You can also see two friends, Lauren, who wears diapers, and Amanda who, in the beginning, does not. The ad claims that it is not only ok for teens to wear diapers, but that it can be an improvement in their lives. So these are the kinds of things we are looking for in our advertising campaigns, and also the things you will see in the sample scripts provided in your packets.
“Many of the print ads you see in your packets are still advertisements from magazines taken directly from the video ads you see. Studies show that our target audience will be better reached through television than through print ads, but they are both necessary because we don’t want to leave one front uncovered. However, a lot of the still work you’ll be doing will be derivative from the videos. One reason for this is that it will save you time. You will be able to do still photography in the same costumes from your videos. Plus it enables us to basically reuse the ads in a new medium. This next ad we’re going to look at is also for Princess Sport, but approaches the product from a different angle, targeting girls who already wear Princess diapers.
“’Hi, my name is Heather Wakefield,’” said a tall, slender young brown-haired woman straddling a chair, wearing a Pampers Princess t-shirt and a diaper. “’Being a teenage girl is really hard work. As if that’s not enough stress, I’m captain of my cheerleading squad and class president as well! There’s so much maintenance. I feel like I’m constantly checking my make-up, trying to keep up with the latest fashions. Luckily, one thing is constant in my life, and that is the comfort and protection that I have come to count on from Pampers Princess brand diapers. Whether I’m wearing the Ultra-Thick because my inner baby is feeling needy or the Ultra-Thin because I’m trying to be an adult but still need some protection, Pampers Princess takes very good care of me. And, now they’ve introduced Pampers Princess Sport for the active girl. No longer will I have to wear panties to cheerleading practice or a game and worry about having an accident, because Pampers Princess Sport diapers feature a breathable fabric that will let fresh air in without letting moisture escape, without sacrificing their capacity. I wear my Pampers Princess Sport to cheerleading or any other workout because I know that I can push myself as hard as I want, Pampers Princess Sport are designed to help prevent a diaper rash. So whether you want to feel more like a baby or get more out of your game, pick up a package of Pampers Princess today and focus on the more important things in life.’”
“Now that we’ve talked about the three different ad campaigns and seen three different examples of the advertisements in each category, I want you to break into small groups and start brainstorming ideas about what you might do to make your advertisements unique. You should begin by selecting your target demographic, which should include at least age group, and can be extended to include certain activities. Then you should think about how big the cast of your ad is going to be. The ads you’ve seen so far have featured one and two girls, but the cast can be larger; just make sure that you differentiate between the “star” of the ad and the “ensemble” of the ad. So, I’d like to take the next half hour and have you start brainstorming. While you’re breaking into groups I will pass out paper and pens. I’ll also put a list of available costumes, for those who are interested, up on the board.
“Oh my God! This is going to be the best ever!” said Jessica, eager to begin.