Diapers have evolved from sealskin and moss to superabsorbants and elastic waistbands. Their history is built on innovation to keep pace with the increasing expectations of parents and caregivers. Today’s diaper is smaller, fits better, keeps skin healthier, leaks less, is easier to use, and has a more positive environmental profile than ever before.
Diaper Word Origin and Early History
Innuits, Incas, and Native Americans used them. The US and Britain use them, but they have different names. Learn more about diapers’ origin and early history.
Diapers from the 19th Century to mid 20th Century
New materials, cheaper manufacturing, and the simple safety pin changed the demand for diapers around the world. Learn more about diaper innovations from the 19th to 20th century that paved the way for disposable diapers.
Disposable Diapers Invented in the 1950s
In the 1950s, Procter & Gamble invented what would become the disposable diaper. Learn more about disposable diapers’ invention and evolution.
Disposable Diapers Re-invented in the 1980s
By the 1980s, super absorbent polymers and better design led to a leaner, better performing diaper. Learn more about disposable diapers’ evolution and improvement.
Today’s Disposable Diaper
In the last 20 years, manufacturers have responded to specific consumer needs with a variety of new products. Learn how today’s disposable diaper improves performance and reduces environmental impact.