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Monday, 15 August 2016

Nappy

A nappy is an absorbent garment worn by a baby, a young child not yet toilet trained, or by an older person who is incontinent. In the US and Canada it is called a diaper.

By Kyle Flood from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada - Wikipedia Commons

Cloth diapers in the United States were first mass-produced in 1887 by Maria Allen.

The first edition of Infant Care, published by the US Government in 1914, recommended the use of peat moss for disposable nappies.

Paddi Pads, the first disposable nappies, went on sale on November 30, 1949 in England, made by Robinson’s of Chesterfield. They were invented by Valerie Hunter-Gordon, a mother of three who was married to a soldier.

An advertisement for "Paddi", an early disposable diaper from the UK

In 1946, Marion Donovan used a shower curtain from her bathroom to create the "Boater", a plastic cover to be donned outside a diaper. She was surprised when her prototype for disposal paper diapers was met with disinterest and ridicule. After nearly ten years of pitching her revolutionary idea, Victor Mills a chemical engineer for the Procter & Gamble company, eventually had the foresight to capitalize on it, and during the 1950s, he conceived and led the development of Pampers.

Pampers was the world's first widely marketed disposable diaper, and currently Procter & Gamble's largest brand by sales revenue.

Actress Jamie Lee Curtis invented a new type of diaper in 1987. She stated about her patented invention, “It’s a disposable infant garment which takes the form of a diaper including, on its outer side, a sealed, but openable, moisture-proof pocket which contains one or more clean-up wipers.”

For the Pope’s visit in 2015, traffic police in Manila were issued with 2,000 nappies so they never had to leave their posts.

Due to a declining population, adult diapers now outsell baby diapers in Japan.

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