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Marion Donovan was tired of washing, bleaching, and air-drying cloth diapers. In 1946, she cut up her shower curtain into plastic envelopes into which she slipped absorbent material.

To secure the new disposable diaper on her children, she used snap closures rather than safety pins. She called her invention the “Boater” and set out to try to sell or license them.

When no manufacturers bought the idea, Donovan demonstrated them at New York department stores, which agreed to stock them. The first disposable diapers were an immediate success.

Content courtesy of the Ah Ha! Discovery Deck, developed by John Cronin at the ipCapital Group to help inventors solve real-world problems.

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