When you think about the phrase "adult baby," what flashes through your head? Facts about adult babies describe a misunderstood community. What does it mean to be an adult baby? What are they into, aside from the obvious? And is there a reason why fetishes like this crop up?
The things you didn't know about adult babies could fit in a ten-gallon diaper. The members of this world live a normal life outside of acting like babies, and the things that attract them to being infantilized are likely totally different than what you might expect. At the end of the day, adult babies are just people - albeit people with a unique perspective on the world.
Physical Gratification Is Often Involved
Like any fetish, being an adult baby involves gratification. John-Michael Williams, owner of Tykables, broke down what littles enjoy about the ABDL scene for the Huffington Post:
They are aroused... either through role play or from the product itself - the sound, texture or feeling. Or, for some people, there’s a humiliation aspect. It could be any one of those things, or something else I haven’t mentioned. It’s a really individual thing. It has nothing to do with actual children. The gratification comes from the objects or the role play and the persons themselves 'being' the child.
Some People Feel More Protected As A Baby
Jess, an adult baby living in Lakeland, FL, spoke to the New York Post about her life role playing with her boyfriend as a baby and daddy. According to her, it helps her get over her childhood as a survivor of sexual abuse:
For us, it is more about enjoying the dominant/submissive dynamic in our everyday lives. I enjoy the feeling of David being a protector and a person that I can depend on to look after me and he likes feeling needed.
They Party Hard
A writer for Vice went to Adult Baby Club, a monthly party hosted in a basement behind London's King's Cross station. It's advertised as a "safe place for ABs, DLs, their daddies, mummies, and friends to play." Adult Baby Club has been going on for years, inviting ABDLs in to play catch, chase each other around in rompers, and dance. There's also a bar that serves breast milk.
There's A Lot Of Crossover With Other Scenes
The ABDL scene crosses over with a lot of different scenes. One of the biggest overlaps is the world of puppy play, likely because it involves crawling around on all fours and acting like a young animal. A Vice article details a party for adult babies, at which attendees note their shared interests in the furry scene and pet play.