A word about swim diapers

This may seem like a silly post, and perhaps it is. It’s also a bit of a rant. The truth is, I hate disposable swim diapers.

When Paige was in a mommy & me swim class at less than a year old, I used disposable swim diapers. In fact, most pools specify “No cloth swim diapers” or at least “Must use disposable swim diapers with children under 2 years”. Did you know that disposable swim diapers do not absorb liquid?? Of course they don’t otherwise they’d “swell up like a beach ball” as it says on the Huggies Little Swimmers webpage.

I learned this the difficult, and messy, way. In the essence of time, I put Paige’s swim diaper on before leaving the house. That way I could also get her swimsuit on, just like I had mine, under her clothes. When we got to the pool, we were not only late, but the class was actually and unexpectedly cancelled. And her carseat and clothes were soaking wet. So I guess the “Unique absorbent material won’t swell in water” that Huggies claims to have in their Little Swimmers is really something that doesn’t absorb at all.

So what are swim diapers for? To keep in solids. I don’t profess to know everything about cloth diapers, and I certainly do not know about every type or brand of cloth diapers, but I have learned a lot in the past 3.5 years. I also bought a wide variety of different brands and types and so have first hand knowledge of their best uses.

I primarily have pocket diapers. (note: I have never purchased from that site, it was just the first one that popped up on a Google search). They all have a waterproof outer liner. Usually it’s hidden on the inside of the outside material. The very inside, which will be against baby’s bottom, is often fleece or cotton. The problem is I have too many diapers. Luckily, I have a good selection of diapers that still work well, but much of the ones I do not use are not good enough to sell or even hand off to others. So I’ve decided to convert them into cloth swim diapers.

They will be perfect! I also used one in the past and although it was not soiled, it did work. A pocket diaper without an insert is very thin; I would argue even thinner than a disposable. And the great thing about the diapers I will be converting is that they are sizeable. Meaning they can be used for babies from 8-35 lbs! Most of them will look like these comfy rumps, as are that brand. I don’t think the velcro would be a good swim option so I am not sure how to recycle those yet!

Please let me know if you want/need one!! I have mostly blue and white, and still have to make them (am going to sew the pocket opening shut). And do not worry if your local pool says “No cloth swim diapers”! These cloth swim diapers all have a plastic-y material that keeps all solids in. And in my experience, only disposables allow for the “shooting up the back” type of leakage disaster!





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