Different types of swim diapersSwim diapers are available in two different varieties, disposable and reusable. Lets take a closer look at the two as well as the pros and cons of each.
Disposable swim diapersDisposable swim diapers are a use once solution for taking your baby swimming. While they may look similar to a regular diaper, they will not swell when exposed to water. The leg holes on disposable swim diapers are cuffed. This design allows your baby to move his legs around in comfort while still holding in solid waste. The main advantage of disposable swim diapers is that once you change your diaper, you can simply throw it in the bin. No carrying it around in your diaper bag. While cheaper disposable swim diapers may seem like a great deal, be sure to read the reviews. Cheaper disposable diapers are generally poor quality and often sag or worse; fall apart. If you stick to the brand names (like Huggies or Pampers) you should be fine. Disposable swim diapers are designed to trap poop not absorb it. As a result, disposable swim diapers are not suitable for every day use.
- Cost effective if you only go swimming a few times over summer
- Low maintenance; simply throw in the trash
- The cost can add up if you frequently take your baby swimming
- Can only be used once
- minusLooks like a diaper
Reusable swim diapersAlso known as cloth swim diapers, reusable swim diapers are made from a fabric and resemble a regular bathing suit. If you are eco-conscious then you will love the fact that you simply wash the swim diaper and reuse it for the next water adventure. Less diapers ending up in landfill is only a good thing. The fabric of reusable swim diapers is much softer than that of the disposable kind. If your baby easily rashes then a reusable swim diaper is a better option. Remember; if you are going to stick with reusable swim diapers then you will have to buy a new pair every swim season. Your baby will grow so fast that what fit last summer will long be outgrown by the next.
- Cheaper if you and your baby swim a lot
- plusLook like regular swimmers
- plusEnvironmentally friendly
- plusSofter against baby’s skin
- More work – you have to wash them
- Can be difficult to choose the right size
And the winner is….Ultimately whether you choose to buy reusable or disposable swim diapers will depend on your lifestyle. Consider the two following scenarios:
- Casual swimmer – Only plan on going to the beach or pool once or twice this summer? Stick to disposables. Not only will they be cheaper, but clean up is as simple as throwing the diaper in the trash
- Swimoholic – Do you find yourself at the beach or pool every second day during summer? Reusable swim diapers are your best bet. They will save you money in the long run and are not as offensive to look at since they look like a regular bathing suit.
Swim diaper featuresLets take a look at the different features to look out for when buying a swim diaper for your baby.
Choosing the right sizeSwim diapers fit tighter than regular diapers. A tight fit helps contain your baby’s poop and prevent it from escaping into the water. Sizing is a very careful balancing act. Too tight and your baby will be uncomfortable. A sure sign that a swim diaper is too tight is if it leaves big red marks baby’s thighs and waist. On the flipside, a swim diaper that is too loose wont hold anything inside.
The materialYour excited little toddler is going to be up and down the pool or beach all day. If the swim diaper is coarse or scratchy then you know what comes next. That’s right. Rash time. You don’t want to be dealing with a rash covered baby every time you go to the beach. While the majority of swim diapers will come in a tight weaved polyester, some cheaper brands use a looser weave of nylon. If your baby has extremely sensitive skin then it is best to stick to polyester.
How is the swim diaper secured?There are three different ways that you can fix a swim diaper to your baby. Each style has it’s own pros and cons.
SnapsSimply wrap the swim diaper around your baby and secure it by using the snaps on the side. Snaps make it easy for you to remove a poop filled swim diaper from your baby. The downside of snaps is that if you get sand in them then they can be somewhat of a chore to clip together.
Pull UpPull up swim diapers go on like an ordinary pair of underwear. Your baby steps into the swim diaper and then you pull it up to his waist. A tight elastic waste keeps the diaper on while your baby runs around. While pulling up swim diapers is one of the easiest things in the world, pulling them down is a different matter. Not only do you have to remove the swim diaper from your wiggling baby but you also have to balance any poop in the diaper while doing so.
VelcroSimply wrap the swim diaper around your baby and secure it into place with Velcro. Velcro gives you the most control over how tight you want the swim diaper to fit to your baby. Now the downside is that any exposed Velcro can easily scratch against your baby’s delicate skin. Over the course of a day this rubbing can lead to rashes.
How many swim diapers will you need?The answer to this question all depends on how many times a day you change your baby. You will need enough swim diapers to cover each diaper change during your visit to the pool or beach. You don’t want your day cut short because you have run out of diapers!
How easy is the swim diaper to clean?Reusable swim diapers can be washed in two different ways; either by hand or by throwing them through a wash cycle. Pay attention to the cleaning instructions on the swim diapers tags. Some specify hand wash only and a trip through the washing machine could destroy them. I personally prefer swim diapers that can handle a gentle wash cycle as it makes cleaning a much simper task.
The best swim diapers availableBelow I will take a closer look at some of the best swim diapers on the market.
Most popular swim diaper
Reusable swim diapersStyle: Many different colors and patterns availableBrand: i play
- 100% Polyester
- Side snaps
- Layered protection
- thumbs-upMachine washable
- Small 10–18 lbs
- Medium 18–22 lbs
- Large22–25 lbs
- X-Large 25–30 lbs
Best snap on swim diaper
- Super soft
- Suitable for infants
- Smart-fit snaps
- thumbs-upMade in Canada
- Size 1 7–20 lbs
- Size 2 18–35 lbs
Best one size swim diaper
- 100% Nylon outer
- Polyester mesh inner
- One size fits all
- thumbs-upCute design
Best Velcro swim diaper
- 100% Nylon outer
- Terrycloth Inner
- Adjustable ties
- thumbs-upMachine washable
- Small 6–14 lbs
- Medium 14–25 lbs
- Large 25–40 lbs
- X-Large 35–50 lbs